Flags raised at Healing Field

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By Shannon Brock

Seven new flags were added to those already standing tall in the Healing Field on Sunday afternoon.

During the annual Memorial Day Service, the American Legion Post 34 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 added seven flags and markers in honor of fallen soldiers.

Each flag in the field represents a Kentucky soldier who has died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Healing Field is the only permanent memorial of its kind to honor those heroes.

The flags raised this year were in memory of Adam Peak, Adam Ray, Matthew Sluss-Tiller, Timothy Poole, Anthony Campbell Jr., Kevin Graham and Matthias Hanson, whose parents attended Sunday’s service.

The service opened with a posting of the colors by the Stanford American Legion Post 18.

Tiffany Sloan sang the national anthem, and after guests were welcomed and recognition given to dignitaries in attendance, Brigadier Gen. John W. Heltzel and Kentucky Department Commander Terry Rice spoke to the crowd.

The names of Anderson County’s hometown heroes were read, as well as each of the names for which a flag stands in the Healing Field.

At the end of the service, Tim Martinez of the Frankfort post presented a proclamation from Gov. Steve Beshear declaring May 30, 2010 as Healing Field Day in Kentucky.

E-mail Shannon Brock at sbrock@theandersonnews.com.