Colonial Flag Foundation’s Healing Field

West Michigan to remember September 11 victims with Healing Field memorial

September 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

3,200 American flags will fly in honor of 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks In the 10 years since our nation was rocked by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that changed America, communities across the country have been holding tributes to the 3,200 lives lost on that day. This time, on the 10th anniversary of the horrific event, the Healing Field comes to West Michigan and to Rockford. The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE), local communities and area businesses have teamed together to bring Colonial Flag Foundation’s Healing Field memorial to West Michigan. From September 9 to 13 at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 3800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, 3,200 American flags will fly to honor the victims of the infamous attacks including the 21 victims from Michigan. The West Michigan Healing Field is one of 16 Healing Field memorials that will take place across the country for the 10th anniversary of the attacks, and will be open to the public 24/7. The 3,200 flags will be flown on eight-foot poles. Each three-foot-by-five-foot flag will be placed in perfectly aligned rows as a highly visual way to comprehend the sheer enormity of lives lost in the attacks. Each flag will be tagged with the name, story and age of a victim in the attacks. Members of the community can sponsor a flag for $75, which they can take home with them after the event. All proceeds will benefit first responder organizations as designated by RACE. “Three thousand American flags together will make an incredible impact,” said Art Johnson, CEO of United Bank and honorary chair of West Michigan Healing Field. “And when you sponsor one of those flags and take it home with you, that will be a different feeling. It’s honoring and remembering that individual whose name is attached to your flag. That’s what families of victims want—for us to remember their loved ones.” The event is still in need of flag sponsors. To sponsor a flag, please visit and support local first responder organizations. The flags are also available for purchase at all United Bank branches. The public is invited to walk through the flags on the hills of Cannonsburg Ski Area during West Michigan Healing Field. Special programs and events […]