New poles, flags installed at Healing Field

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By Ben Carlson

Flags are flying high again at the Healing Field.

Just three months after the flag poles were destroyed in a windstorm that knocked them down and tore off a section of the grandstand at the American Legion Park on Broadway, members of the legion's Auxiliary raised enough money to replace the poles, flags and make even better the nation's only permanent memorial to those killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Auxiliary President Pam Rice said the organization raised just more than $40,000, meaning it had about $3,000 left to erect a bronze sign near the memorial.

Workers installed 80 new, stronger poles at the field, and raised 69 flags Thursday morning. The other 11 flags will be raised Nov. 9 during a combination Veteran's Day-Healing Field ceremony, Rice said.

Each of the 80 poles represents a Kentuckian who died in the ongoing wars. The 11 bare poles will be dedicated during the ceremony and represent soldiers who have died since the Auxiliary's last ceremony.

For details, see the Oct. 1 edition of The Anderson News.