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What the Healing Field Means . . . 

Town Councilmember Mary Mallory spearheaded the effort to bring a Healing Field of flags to the Town of Prescott Valley in September 2012. That year, 1,200 flags flew at the Civic Center grounds. The community rallied behind the effort and in September 2013, 3,000 flags commemorated the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

 

Each flagpole bears information about the victims of the attacks.  Many visitors have found the names of friends and family, and others have come to pay their respects to the victims and the first responders who gave their lives trying to rescue them.

 

It began as a simple way for one person to visualize and comprehend the sheer enormity of human loss that occurred in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But, as hundreds of volunteers gathered to help, it soon became evident that something much more was emerging. It became a personal gesture of support, a tangible expression of mourning, honor, and a very real healing experience.

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Everyone is welcome to walk amongst the flags. Read the bio tags. Salute, or pray or pay tribute for each person who is being represented by one of the flags. Count each of the boots, whether it be firefighters, police or military. Find each of the teddy bears on the flags of the children who perished on the airplanes. Do what you need to do to pay the respects of the 

Facts:

  • Our field has 2977 United State Flags for those that died on 9/11 plus 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Flags representing the firefighters who perished on June 30, 2013.

  • 55 military personnel have a pair of boots resting at bottom of their flag

  • 343 firefighters have a pair of boots resting at bottom of their flag

  • 72 law enforcement police officers have a pair of boots resting at bottom of their flag. (71 law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center and on the ground in New York City, and another law enforcement officer who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania)

  • 8 kids have a teddy bear on their flag

  • 19 Terrorists also died on 9/11 and there are not flags for them

  • more than 6,000 others injured

  • 265 death from the four planes (including the terrorists)

  • 2,606 deaths in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area

  • 125 deaths at the Pentagon.

  • The attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

  • Overall, 2,605 U.S. citizens, including 2,135 civilians, died in the attacks, while an additional 372 non-U.S. citizens (excluding the 19 perpetrators) also perished. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks, including the United Kingdom (67 deaths), the Dominican Republic (47 deaths), and India (41 deaths).

  • As of August 2013, medical authorities concluded that 1,140 people who worked, lived, or studied in Lower Manhattan at the time of the attack have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of "exposure to toxins at Ground Zero"

  • Over 1,400 9/11 rescue workers who responded to the scene in the days and months after the attacks have since died

  • At least 11 pregnancies were lost as a result of 9/11

 

Timeline for the day of the September 11 attacks (Eastern Time Zone)

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