Opening Ceremony and nightly activities scheduled for the Laurel Healing Field

Thursday, September 5, 2019
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From September 11 through 14, the field next to South Elementary School along S. 5th St., in Laurel, will be transformed into a panorama of red, white and blue that cannot be adequately described, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten. The community, friends and family share a common bond when it comes to the loss of a Hero, and the Healing Field® is the perfect way to express love and gratitude to those Heroes.

There will be an opening ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the field. The Color Guard will present the flags and a guest singer will perform the National Anthem. Kindergartners from Laurel’s South School will sing the Pledge of Allegiance. recite will be followed by several speakers, including the featured speaker, Heidi Paulson.  

Paulson is the author of “Dependence Day,” a book about her husband, a police officer who was critically injured during a traffic stop and his recovery. With the book’s success, she and her husband have started advocating for legislation on behalf of injured law enforcement officers and first responders. She became vice president and legislative liaison for The Wounded Blue in 2018 and currently serves on the board of directors of How 2 Love Our Cops.

Each night of the event there will different activities, including flag folding, the reading of names of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, and the playing of Taps at dusk.

There is no charge to visit the Healing Field® display. All are invited to walk through the ordered rows of flags.

The Laurel Exchange Club is looking for volunteers on September 10th and 15th to help with set up and take down. They also need volunteers at their booth each day.

Contact the Laurel Exchange Club at or through their facebook page, for more info or to sponsor a flag.



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