Jeff Young, a great Field of Honor® Project Chair, Inducted into the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor.

Jeff Young with his wife Melinda at his induction into the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor.

The three wings of the National Headquarters building enclose a courtyard where the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor pays tribute to the great men and women of the organization.  An NEC webpage explains that,” The highest and most lasting recognition an Exchangite can receive is induction into the Court of Honor.”

Jeff Young, whom we consider to be one of our own, received this recognition at the 2019 National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor induction ceremony.

Jeff’s accomplishments with the Exchange Club reach into all the NEC’s programs during more than three decades of service.  In recent years, Jeff has led the effort to bring Colonial Flag Foundation Field of Honor® flag displays of the Stars & Stripes to the Greater Indianapolis area.

Jeff’s strong support for veterans has its beginning when his soldier brother, Rick, returned from deployment in Southeast Asia.  Vietnam War protesters spat on the wounded veteran as he deplaned in Chicago, and his younger brother determined that Rick and all other veterans deserved better.

In his comment upon receiving the honor, Jeff related the following incident he experienced:

Recently I was able to participate in a Field of Honor® [flag display].  Seeing that 95 year old Korean War Veteran, who was totally blind, carried to his flag caressing the flag against his cheek, and he said, “I know this is my flag; I smell my flag; I feel my flag.  I had to get here to honor those boys and girls who didn’t get home with me.”

Our partnership with veterans matters.  Knowing that in some small way we are helping some 300 Hoosiers homeless veterans and over 3,000 homeless veterans across the country.

We, the team at Colonial Flag Foundation, wholeheartedly  endorse Jeff’s thoughts and join all who know him in sending our congratulations.  We add our best and warmest wishes for the Field of Honor® event Jeff is already planning for 2020.

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