Originally Published: August 29, 2015 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Dozens of men and women in red volunteer shirts gathered on Saturday, Aug. 22, to receive instructions regarding the setting up of 3,000 American flags for Patriot Week.
The Healing Field of Northern Arizona volunteer orientation attracted many people eager to assist in preparing for the flag setup that will adorn the Civic Center lawn beginning Friday, Sept. 4.
Volunteer Rowland Hill explained his desire to get involved with the event.
"We put up flags for the VFW along the highway and we got involved with that a couple of years ago. Then we got involved with the Healing Field...it's amazing when you see the flags up. It's very emotional."
Volunteer Lynn Stone said she wanted to do something as part of Sept. 11.
"I came out and experienced it with my husband one year, and I wanted to be able to participate and help out. I did this last year and just listening to people and their experiences when they come to the field is very moving."
Healing Field Chair Darlene Packard introduced some of the event coordinators assisting in volunteer training for the commemorative event.
Healing Field Volunteer Coordinator Molly Hohrien explained that two people will operate the information booth in two-hour shifts and will interact with the public while assisting with flag location.
Each flag will feature a biographical tag depicting the life of a loved one lost during the Sept. 11 tragedy.
Co-Chair Sandy Shaffer demonstrated proper flag etiquette.
"It's so very important to our Field that we honor these flags," she said.
Each flag comes in plastic, in groups of ten - ready for placement.
"Most important, never, never let the flag touch the ground.
"We want to enjoy the camaraderie of each other. Don't get in a hurry."
Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy explained to the group how to attach each bio card to the flags.
PR Chair Heidi Foster applauded the enthusiastic turnout.
"We need every one of you guys to make this happen. It's going to be a wonderful weekend, very worthwhile," she said.
On Saturday, Sept. 5, a blessing of the Healing Field will take place at 9 a.m., complete with a short ceremony and bagpipe music.
An additional 19 flags will honor the Hotshots.