Congressional Medal of Honor winner Ernie West spoke to a small group gathered in a big field in front of 3600 planted American flags. A field of honor ceremony, put together by a military mom here in Raceland who was listening to a radio dj.
Theresa Hopkins: They were talking about how many troops we lost, and I thought, there should be something that we can do.
Paul Worthington Jr.: this is not political - we just want to honor the troops.
For navy veteran Paul Worthington Jr., the honor extends personally. His wife, Lt. Commander Francine Worthington is now serving in Iraq as a medical transport officer.
Paul Worthington: She gets injured marines back to the US. She left from Camp LeJune back in January, I never thought I be packing my wife off to war.
Cassandra Archie knows all about packing a loved one off to war. For Cassandra, the small town ceremony makes a big difference in making the wait a little more bearable. Her husband Randall, injured in a roadside bomb blast, is back in Iraq on his second tour of duty as a front line combat engineer.
Cassandra Archie: because I worry about these things every day, we know a lot of people who died over there its special when a tribute comes from a small town...
Cassandra:I love what they're doing - but they're missing everything by being over there. I just want them all to come home.
Cassandra says she wants all the troops home, alive and well, so few if any more flags bloom in this field of honor. RY WSAZ NC3, Raceland.