Flannery Field

Flannery Field
On Saturday, September 10, 2011, hundreds from the Wyomissing community gathered to pay tribute to SSG. Sean Flannery, a 1999 graduate of the Wyomissing Area School District, who was killed in action by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on November 22, 2010.

Wyomissing Area’s soccer field was named Flannery Field in honor of Sean, who was a star goalie for the Spartans. Through generous donations from area businesses and private donors, a flagpole and monument have been erected to celebrate Sean’s service and achievements.

The memorial was the work of a committee of Wyomissing Area residents co-chaired by co-chaired by Robert Rader and Michael Kuhn. Mark Flannery, English teacher at the Jr./Sr. High School and cousin of Sean’s late father, Michael, was also a member of the committee. Mark said, “It was heartwarming to see the response from the people of our community, as well as the people from Berks County. Actually, we even had people from various points across our nation making contributions for this memorial. Not only did we have a generous response from the citizens of our area, but many businesses contributed materials, labor, and other services to make this project a success.”

On hand for the ceremony were local, county, and state dignitaries and clergy. Boy Scout Troop 413 raised the flag as the Wyomissing Area High School Camerata sang the national anthem. Sean’s mother, Charlene “Charlie” Flannery, expressed her gratitude for the honor bestowed upon her son. A 21-gun salute and taps, played by the Topton American Legion Honor Guard closed the ceremony. Sean’s brothers, Brian and Devin, participated in the soccer game that followed the dedication.

Mark Flannery shared his thoughts about the dedication ceremony. “It was beautiful. The sun was shining, the grass was green, and there was even a rainbow in the sky at the conclusion of the event. Flannery Field is a perfect way to honor the memory of Sean M. Flannery. He was an intelligent, compassionate, dedicated young man who died serving our country.  On behalf of the Flannery family, I would like to thank all of those who made the Sean M. Flannery Memorial possible.”

According to Jan Cremer, executive director of the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation, donations came in from places as far away as Arizona, Missouri, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and London. Jan reported, “Due to the generosity of our donors, we will be funding a scholarship/ award to a deserving Wyomissing Area student in Sean’s honor. The award will be given annually at the end of each school year to a senior student who has demonstrated leadership and patriotism. Donations will continue to be accepted and acknowledged.”