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Norwalk Church Salutes Fallen Soldiers

It's a striking sight as you come around the East Norwalk cemetery onto Gregory Boulevard – thousands of small American flags cover the lawn of Christ Episcopal Church. Each represents a soldier who has died in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are part of the "Field of Flags" traveling exhibit that began 5 ½ years ago at Somers Congregational Church .

Christ Episcopal Church parishioner Paul Mordoff saw the exhibit while traveling through northwestern Connecticut recently and arranged to bring it to East Norwalk. Volunteers set up the approximately 6,000 flags last Thursday, filling the front lawn, the side lawns and even a small grassy spot off the back parking lot.

As of April 19, there were 5,984 casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a sign on the church's front lawn, which also shows the name of every soldier represented by a flag. Inside the church a three-ring binder shows a picture of each fallen soldier, along with a biography.

When the exhibit began on Oct. 23, 2005, volunteers in Somers put up 2,231 flags. They say they did it to show that those who died and their family and friends were remembered in prayer at the church.

Have you seen the Field of Flags? What do you think?

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