Healing Field Memorial

West Michigan Healing Field flags still available for community to keep memory of victims alive

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Following the West Michigan Healing Field memorial, a local business is continuing the tribute to 9/11 victims by displaying flags that have not yet been sponsored. Until Friday, Sept. 23, 100 of the American flags displayed at Canonsburg for Healing Field will be on display at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, 4951 11 Mile Rd., Rockford, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Each flag is tagged with the name and biography of a victim in the attack and the community is welcome to walk through the display. Flags are still available for purchase at Bishop Hills, United Bank branches, and www.healingfield.org/west-michigan-2011. “We had many people stopping by Cannonsburg after the display was taken down, sad to find out that they missed the memorial,” said Susan Bodenner, owner of Bishop Hills and project chair of West Michigan Healing Field. “But Healing Field is not just a five-day event. We are thrilled to have flags at Bishop Hills to continue this memorial, and we hope that we encourage the community to do the same. We hope to give every flag a home in a West Michigan business, school or home to forever continue the conversation about the tragedy and hope of September 11 through the eyes of a victim.” “When you bring a flag to your home, the conversation becomes even more meaningful and personal,” Bodenner added. “It also gives us a platform for sharing the story with our young people that were not born when the attacks happened or were too young to remember them.” West Michigan Healing Field has the potential to raise more than $175,000 for local first responder organizations if every flag is purchased. Facts about West Michigan Healing Field: • A five-day display of 3,200 flags on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; each of 2,997 flags represented the name of an individual victim and was tagged with their name. The remaining 203 flags represented the unnamed victims who have not been identified. • The entry path brought visitors to a center isle, creating a visual break in the flags, each side representing one of the World Trade Center towers. • The field was laid out in 93 rows. • Each flag was six feet from the next, […]

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 www.healingfield.org/west-michigan-2011 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 […]