Healing Field begins at Spring Hill Cemetery, runs through Sept. 13

September 7, 2018

Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District workers place American flags at Spring Hill Cemetery for The Healing Field in 2017 in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — T he Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District announces the return of The Healing Field to Spring Hill Cemetery from Sept. 6 through 13.

The Healing Field serves as a patriotic vigil to the thousands of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack, recognizes the lives lost in the 1970 Marshall plane crash, memorializes veterans of the armed forces and lost loved ones.

Flags can be purchased for $35 at Spring Hill Cemetery and proceeds will benefit the Spring Hill Cemetery Memorial Bell Tower Fund. Previously posted flags held by the owner can be re-posted for $15 and retrieved on Sept. 13.

The Marshall March of Remembrance will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. A procession of Marshall students will carry 75 flags from the Marshall Rec Center on 5th Avenue, south on 20th Street and on to Spring Hill Cemetery.

The students will place 75 flags in The Healing Field inside Spring Hill Cemetery before joining the Patriot Day ceremony. Marshall University student body President Hunter Barclay is expected to speak at the event.

Patriot Day is an annual observance on Sept. 11 to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

This year’s Patriot Day Ceremony at Spring Hill Cemetery will include local officials, First Responders, veterans of the U.S. Military, Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District Executive Director Kevin Brady, and patriotic music from local singers. This ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Spring Hill Cemetery. Light refreshments will be provided following the ceremony.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, will be set aside as a day of reflection before the Healing Field is taken down on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Healing Field participants are asked to retrieve their flags on Sept. 13 before 4 p.m.

Please join the Park District as we come together as a community during this week to pay our respects, reflect and look forward together.

These events are sponsored by the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District and Spring Hill Cemetery. For more information, call 304-696-5954.

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