May 24, 2022 (Cover photo credit: Art da Rosa)

Speaking on the Steph Lucas show, KID NewsRadio 92.1 earlier today, Melissa Hartman, Bannock County Veterans Services Coordinator, described the thousands of manhours that go into creating one of the nation’s most unique tributes, the Idaho Field of Heroes Memorial.

Every year, beginning on the Monday prior to Memorial Day, volunteers meet at Century High School in Pocatello, where they spend the next few days, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., transforming a sports field into a one-of-a-kind tribute to every service member who has died in Afghanistan since 9/11.

Adults, children, and local businesses all get involved in the effort.  Today, 3rd grade students from Connor Academy came out to help.  The chemistry class taught by Mr. Patch at Century High School participates every year.  Local businesses and organizations provide the volunteers with food and drinks throughout the day.  This week, ARBY’s provided lunch on Monday, McDonald’s provided lunch today, and AMVETS Idaho Post 1 provided breakfast today and are doing the same on Thursday.

On Friday, a dedication ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m.  That evening, at 6:00 p.m., a youth ceremony, led by Century High School Student Kiersten Young will be held.  Events continue throughout the weekend, including a USO Show which will take place on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  The closing ceremony is scheduled for Monday at 6:00 p.m.

To volunteer, call 208-643-9289 or email

For more information, click on the flyer, below.


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