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Healing our hearts

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By The Staff

Saturday will mark the official dedication in Lawrenceburg of the state's only permanent Healing Field, designed to honor Kentucky service members who died while fighting America's war on terrorism.

The event, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 34 on Broadway, is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Donald Storm, adjutant general for Kentucky, and several families that have lost loved ones in the war on terrorism are scheduled to attend, organizers said.

The Healing Field consists at this time of 69, 20-foot flag poles with a 3-foot by 5-foot American flags and granite plaques representing each fallen soldier.

The memorial was funded by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kentucky. The property on which is sits was donated by Post 34 in Lawrenceburg.

Healing Field was started as a way for one community to honor the lives lost during the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. It quickly became a catalyst for fundraising and awareness for worthy causes and patriotic communities throughout the year, organizers said.

For more information, visit www.healingfield.org/Kentucky.