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Field of Honor Will Return to Rotary Hill with 2,012 Flags for Veterans Day 2012


Weekday tours of the carillon as well as all flag and tag sales benefited operations of a Fisher House, a place for families of patients to stay while visiting their loves ones.

Going forward, organizers have another chance to raise $15,000 for operations at Fisher House. Naperville artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn has been commissioned by Shelley and David Hampton to paint her interpretation of The Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill. The original will find a home at Fisher House. A limited edition of 150 prints will be produced and available for $100 each.

The regional media were very generous with stories about this special exhibit to honor all veterans.

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This tribute to veterans would not have been possible without the commitment and expertise of the Naperville Park District under the leadership of Executive Director Ray McGury and his dedicated team.

Add to it, Volunteer Coordinators Kathleen Malecki and Brad Wilson organized hundreds of volunteers for set up and take down to help the event run smoothly.

“I went to see the flags on Veterans Day and again Saturday morning,” said Naperville resident Jean Kuhn. “When I went to pick up my flag on Sunday, all the flags were in barrels in the warming house for easy pick-up. The volunteers were very organized.”

The entire Healing Field of Honor Committee of volunteers, supporters and individual flag donors created a once-in-a-lifetime tribute to recognize everyone who has ever served in the military to protect our freedoms as defined in the U.S. Constitution. Considering the thousands of photographers who attended the exhibit, the Naperville Healing Field of Honor for all veterans will long be remembered.

And by the end of the week, approximately $50,000 in flags sales would be matched dollar for dollar by Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois in order for Rickert and Wentz to present a gift to benefit the Fisher House at Hines VA Hospital for $100,000 on Dec. 30, 2009.

But even more important, God bless America and all veterans who have protected our right to assemble for more than 230 years. Peace.

—Originally written for the PN Web site  in November 2009 / Reposted on April 21, 2012

Plan today to participate in the 2012 Field of Honor, slated for Nov. 8-13 at Rotary Hill

The National Healing Field Foundation will join ranks with Operation Support Our Troops – America and the Naperville Park District to present the 2012 Naperville Healing Field of Honor, returning to downtown Naperville for a weeklong exhibit in conjunction with Veterans Day, November 8-13. American flags will once again be displayed on Rotary Hill to unite the community to pay tribute to men and women who serve as well as families of the U.S. Military.

The proceeds from this commemorative event will be used to create new and better treatments for veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, (TBI).

Flags for the Healing Field of Honor may be purchased for $30. Individuals may dedicate a flag with a “Tag of Honor” for $35.  Flags can be picked up from the field on the final day of the event or shipped to individuals for an additional $10.  Flag order forms are available at the Naperville Park District Administrative Office and online at www.healingfield.org/naperville.

 Donate and/or Volunteer! To make a much-welcomed donation, contact Anna Zimmerman, Fundraiser Chair, at annaz@wowway.com.  Volunteers are needed to work shifts for flag assembly, field set-up and field conclusion. To volunteer, contact Brad Wilson at (630) 848-3532 or bwilson@napervilleparks.org.

For more information or to sponsor and/or order an American flag, visit http://www.healingfield.org/naperville-il-2012/ or contact a member of the 2012 Field of Honor Committee.

Project Chair- David Wentz
Co-Chair-Deb Wolfe
Fundraising Chair-Anna Zimmerman
PR/Marketing Chair-Veronica Porter
Program Chair-Jack Shiffler
Volunteer Chair-Brad Wilson
Field Coordinator Chair-Ray McGury
Fundraiser Assistant-Barb Giacomino
David Byrne-Committee Member

Proceeds from the Field of Honor will benefit Operation Support Our Troops America.

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