FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 16, 2017
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL UTAH HEALING FIELD TO BE DISPLAYED IN SANDY
SEPT. 9 THROUGH 11
Display commemorates events of 9/11
Sandy, Utah—Some 3,000 American flags will be posted in front of Sandy City Hall on Sept. 9 as part of the 16th Annual Utah Healing Field. This display has been a Sandy City tradition since 2002, the one-year anniversary of 9/11. The flags will be on display through Sept. 11. Sandy City Hall is located at 10000 Centennial Parkway, Sandy, Utah.
On Sept. 9, the field will be open to the public from dawn to dusk. Each flag will be labeled with a short bio about a 9/11 victim.
On Monday Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., a one-hour program will be presented. This program includes "Ride to Zero," a motor procession carrying the colors, and a performance by the Utah Pipes Band. This performance will feature bagpipes and the lead guitarist from the group, Royal Bliss. All events associated with the Utah Healing Field are free and open to the public.
The Utah Healing Field 2017 has chosen the National Alliance on Mental Illness/Utah Chapter (NAMI) to raise funds for this year. NAMI UTAH focuses on mental illness as the underlying cause of suicide. Statistics show that 90 percent of people who attempt suicide have a diagnosable mental Illness at the time of their attempt. NAMI UTAH'S approach is to provide education and support to these individuals who are potentially considering suicide. The organization also provides support and education to family members. To learn more, visit namiut.org
According to Shauna Jorgensen, chairman of the 16th Annual Healing Field, “All of us associated with this event are proud of the fact that this was the first-ever healing field erected anywhere to recognize the first anniversary of the events of Sept. 11. Today, hundreds of healing fields and similar displays are organized throughout the country. The importance of this year’s field is to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Utah is fifth in the nation in suicides. 2016 was a horrible year--556 persons died of suicide in our state! Our theme this year, ‘United in Hope and Healing,’ reflects the hope, compassion and understanding of this epidemic. We invite all to join us on the field to learn more about suicide prevention so that we can help those around us struggling with the complexity of this issue."
Jorgensen added that volunteers are needed to help collect the flags on Sept. 12 depending on the weather. (“We can’t put wet flags away,” she said.) In addition, sponsors are being sought for the event. Sponsorships begin at $35 to buy a flag kit, and after the event, the sponsor may keep the flag or donate it back to the event for future use. The primary sponsor of the event is the Colonial Flag Foundation. To learn more, visit healingfield.org/utah17
To volunteer for assembly of flags, raising the flags and collecting flags, email Karen Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the event or to sponsor a flag, visit healingfield.org/utah17.