On May 23-27, during Memorial Day weekend, the campus of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road in Maple Park, will be transformed into a Healing Field as more than a thousand 3- by 5-foot U.S. flags fly from 8-foot white flagstaffs on the field just east of the school.
Healing Field flag displays follow the pattern established by the Colonial Flag Foundation where communities all over the nation have honored the veterans and military who have sacrificed their time, talents and even their very lives in defense of freedom.
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Each sponsored flag has a story and honors a hero who is identified by an attached name tag. At the conclusion of the Healing Field display, sponsored flags are taken home and displayed as a continuing reminder of service to our nation. They invite all to be a viable part of this display by sponsoring flags to honor their family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances who have given the nation so much; their service deserves to be acknowledged, honored and remembered.
Walk among the flags. Those who have visited a Healing Field event before know what to expect and they will not be disappointed. Those visiting their first Healing Field flag display will feel an uplifting and healing experience that must be lived to appreciate.
To order a flag, visit www.healingfield.org/kaneland.
Purchased flags can be "tagged" with a dedication to veterans, service personnel, or a special message. To tag a flag, attend the opening ceremony at The Healing Field at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.
Cost for one 3- by 5-foot American flag with an 8-foot pole is $35.
For small businesses, consider sponsoring five American flags, honor tags, and your company name appearing on the website for $500.
There is also a $1,000 corporate sponsorship which features 10 American flags, honor tags, and the company named placed on the banner and displayed at the event all eight days.
Sponsorship forms are available at www.healingfield.org/kaneland.
Make checks payable to Kaneland High School, and mail to Kaneland High School-Healing Field, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Or drop off your order and check to any Old Second bank location (www.oldsecond.com).
Flag orders will not be accepted after Friday, May 23. You may pick up your flags at the Healing Field after 8 p.m. on Monday, May 26, or all day on Tuesday, May 27. Those picking up their flag will have the option of taking the pole on which the flag was displayed.
For those who request that their flag be sent to them, there is a shipping charge of $10 that needs to be included with your order. The flags will be shipped to the address on the order form. It is anticipated that flags will be given to the delivery service some time by May 29. Poles will not be shipped.
For details, contact Rudy Keller at Rudy.Keller@Kaneland.org or (630) 450-0244.