Annual Field of Honor ceremony honors veterans

2017 Field of Honor ceremony Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Merrill Park in Eagle.

EAGLE - Many veterans and their families spent Saturday afternoon in Merrill Park in Eagle for the 11th annual Field of Honor dedication ceremony. The event honored those who are serving now, those who have served, and those we've lost.

Among those in attendance was Clair Kilton, a veteran of World War II.

"I'm happy to be here," Kilton said. "The memories are fading because it's been a long time."

If you look on his chest, you'll find a Silver Star and Purple Heart. Symbols and reminders of courage, bravery and strength.

"He was shot in the arm in the hedgerows of France, and the man next to him was killed," said Kilton's daughter, Claire Rice. "Then he recovered and came back, and went into the Battle of the Bulge and numerous other wars."

"We had to do what we did, and we did it," Kilton said. "Thank God some of us survived."

Until 25 years ago, Rice says, her family had no idea what her father went through overseas.

"Nobody knew the stories, nobody knew how he was injured," Rice said. "We're very grateful that now we know some of the stories and some of the history."

His survival is something his family doesn't take for granted.

"We're so grateful that he's still with us," Rice said. "We're lucky."

Kilton will turn 99 years old on July 29. Rice says the family will throw a huge party like they always do, to celebrate their hero.

Organizers say the flags at the Field of Honor will fly through May 30. Each flag has the name of a veteran or someone currently serving. On May 30, each flag will go to whoever sponsored it.

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Related link: The Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa collects personal histories of veterans through the Veterans History Project. Go to this link to hear Clair Kilton's story and the stories of other veterans in their own words.

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