Hundreds gather at Field of Flags event in Mooresville

Twenty-one shots rang out Monday morning as hundreds gathered at the Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville to honor the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. 

The familiar sound of taps echoed somberly as civilians and veterans, hands over hearts, remembered the fallen.

More than 500 American flags stood flowing in the wind – each symbolizing a life lost. The field was dotted with people (and even a few dogs) wearing combinations of red, white and blue.

Boy Scouts weaved through folding chairs and people sitting on blankets to handout personal-sized flags.

“I brought my kids out here today to teach them what today all is about,” said Stacey Stoeckert of Mooresville. “Now they know why we have what we have and what our freedoms are.”

The Exchange Club of Mooresville and Lake Norman hosted the second annual Field of Flags Commemorative Ceremony, which included performances by the Mooresville Fire Pipes and Drum Band and John David Keller, a tribute to those in the military and the reading of the names of Iredell veterans who died in service. Read more.