Field of Honor Erected in Aftermath of Sandy

Schools and Libraries

November 21, 2012

Before Hurricane Sandy rolled into town on Oct. 29, Long Beach Middle School seventh-graders were gearing up to begin construction of their second annual Field of Honor a field of commemorative flags recognizing both veterans and those currently serving in the military that was to be on display in front of the district administration building on Lido Blvd. from Nov. 7 Dec. 7.

After the superstorm flooded most of the barrier island, leaving the City of Long Beach without water, gas or electricity and closing schools for two weeks, it seemed like it might be an impossibility to erect the Field of Honor this year. But due to the determination and resourcefulness of Social Studies Director Sean Hurley, Middle School Principal Dr. Michele Natali, teachers Joseph Hoffman and Lauren Behan, the Creagh family, Grace and Kerry Hoffman and Patricia and Lauren Natali, the Field of Honor was erected on Nov. 7 as scheduled. It will remain on display through Dec. 7 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day) to serve as a symbol of perseverance and bravery of those who sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms, but also as a symbol of the perseverance and bravery of the residents of Long Beach as they work to rebuild this island community that has been so severely damaged.