The remaining flags from the West Michigan Healing Field continue to travel the area for display and inspire local residents. Currently residents, staff and visitors of Meadowlark Retirement Village, 65 Ida Red in Sparta, are enjoying a display of the flags. The remaining flags are available for purchase and each represent one of the people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Those who sponsor one of the flags will receive the flag and pole, a biography of who their flag represents, and a certificate. Flags may be purchased at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community or Herman’s Boy, both in Rockford.
West Michigan Healing Field
Although the five days of honoring the memory of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the West Michigan Healing Field, is over, opportunities to share in remembering the individuals killed remain. Flags that have not yet been purchased each represent one of the people who died that day. “We don’t want these to just go and be in a closet somewhere,” said organizer Sue Bodenner of the flags and the biographies of the people they represent. The Rockford Lions Club purchased some of the flags, one representing Terrance Aiken, who was 30 years old when he was killed September 11, 2001. Each flag purchased includes a certificate recognizing the sponsorship and a biography of the individual it honors, whether they were a civilian working in the towers that day or a rescue personnel, and what family they left behind. The flags can be purchased at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Herman’s Boy or United Bank in Rockford.