Field of Valor honors 384 Florida service members who gave their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan

Michael Snyder
Northwest Florida Daily News
A volunteer walks through the Field of Valor installation at the former Mullet Festival grounds in Niceville. The flags honor service members from Florida who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NICEVILLE — The 8th annual Field of Valor flag display is in place at the former Mullet Festival grounds.

The display features 384 flags this year, each dedicated to a service member from Florida who was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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A flag in the Field of Valor installation is dedicated to Marine Lance Cpl. Marcus Mahdee of Fort Walton Beach, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. There are 383 Florida fallen service members similarly honored at the former Mullet Festival grounds in Niceville.

The Exchange Club of Niceville and The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast hosts the display, which is free to the public. The site is on State Road 85 just north of the Howard Hill Soccer Complex.

The field is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and will be in place until the sponsored flag pickup at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18.