Healing Field hosts 4th Annual field of 1,000 flags

Thursday, September 9, 2021
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Photo by Nathan Satran from 2019

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the terrible national tragedy on September 11, 2001 when the United States was attacked by terrorists, the Laurel Exchange Club will again host the Healing Field with 1,000 flags just west of South School in Laurel. The beautiful sight offers comfort to folks who lost someone, and offers several ways for those who want to recognize the patriots and heroes in their own lives. While speakers and presentations will begin nightly at 6:30 p.m., the Field will be open throughout the day as well from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. A special twilight program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on September 11. The schedule of events follows:

 

Opening Ceremonies

Thursday 9th: 6:30 p.m.

• Cassie Crookson - Laurel Exchange Club emcee

• Warrior Wishes - Flag unfurled in field

• Kindergarten - Pledge of Allegiance

• National Anthem - Karla Stricker

• Prayer - Dolly Collins - United Methodist

• Warrior Wishes - Dave Johnson

• Stacy Dreessen - Family Tree

• Ranae Marshall - Hometown Troops

• Kelly Anderson - Veteran Mother

 

Friday 10th: 6:30 p.m.

• Cassie Crookson - Laurel Exchange Club MC

• Honor Guard - Boys Scouts

• Pledge of Allegiance - Red Skeleton recording

• Prayer - Dale Krienke - St Johns Lutheran

• National Anthem - Lindsey Henman

• Ranae Marshall - Home Town Troops

• Speaker - Ray Southworth - American Legion

• Flag retirement ceremony - Boy Scouts

 

Closing Ceremonies

Saturday 11th: 6:30 p.m.

• Cassie Crookson - Laurel Exchange Club MC

• Honor Guard - American Legion

• Pledge of Allegiance - First Grade

• Prayer - Pastor Rob Gray - Grace Bible

• National Anthem - Carla Harmon

• Speaker - Jayson Nicholson - First Responder LVFD

 

Dusk on September 11th: 7:30 p.m.

• Cassie Crookson - Laurel Exchange Club MC

• Honor Guard

• Pledge of Allegiance - Cassie Crookson (lead)

• Paul Hayes Story

• Amazing Grace on Bagpipes

• Rifle salute - American Legion

• Playing of Taps - live and reciting the words

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