[shareprints gallery_id=”37282″ gallery_type=”filmstrip” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_100″ image_size=”xlarge” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]Click the image above to see other photos as students set up American flags along Eola Road on Oct. 18 to help promote The Healing Field at Metea Valley High School, Nov. 4-11, 2014.
Update 2015 / The National Healing Field Foundation is honored to join Operation Support Our Troops – America and the Naperville Park District in announcing that the 2015 Naperville Healing Field of Honor will be returning to downtown Naperville November 6-12, the week leading up to Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2015. INFO: www.healingfield.org/naperville.
2014 Post / For many visitors, the 2009 Naperville Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill was considered a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime red-white-and-blue event featuring rows and rows of Old Glory. Thanks to continued interest three years later, in conjunction with Veterans Day 2012, Rotary Hill again united the community with an opportunity to remember and honor the men and women of the U.S. Military.
When Rudy Keller experienced the Field of Flags at Rotary Hill, he remembers how touched he was. He remembers he wanted to become involved, simply astounded at the visual spectacle these flags presented time and again. He contacted Colonial Flag Foundation and with the help of 150 students, volunteer parents and teachers at Metea Valley High School, Keller is preparing to set his fourth Field of Honor on Nov. 4.
From Nov. 4-11, Metea Valley High School will host its Healing Field, a display of 1,000 American flags to honor all men and women who have sacrificed their time, talents and lives to protect this nation’s freedoms.
Every flag will fly in honor of a hero, family member, friend or loved one and will be tagged with personal words of remembrance.
Set on the Metea Valley practice football field, the display will be open from 7AM to 10PM daily with greeters available at all times. The public is welcome.
“As Americans, we all cherish our freedom, and we need to honor those men and women who fought to keep it alive,” said Keller, as he looks forward to working with the students to organize his next Healing Field.
“It is an extremely powerful sign to see; it’s incredibly moving,” he added.
The community is welcome to participate in a number of different ways. Flags are 3′ x 5′ and come with an 8-ft. white pole, rebar for mounting and a hang tag. Each flag set can be purchased for $35 each. At the end of the event, individuals can pick up their flags to take home.
In addition, flags are available to families, businesses, organizations and church groups. Small business and corporate donations are welcome, too.
The students aim to sell 500 flags; however, their most important goal is for every flag on the field to be connected to a veteran or fallen hero.
For more information, contact Keller at Rudy_Keller@ipsd.org or visit mvhs.ipsd.org. A flag order form is listed under “The Healing Field Is Coming to Metea.”
Proceeds from the event will support the Athletic Boosters, PTSA and Latino Mustangs at the high school.
Metea Valley is located at 1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora.
UPDATED POST WITH PHOTOS: MVHS Healing Field on November 8, 2014