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The Warrenville VFW Post 8081 will be transformed into a sea of flags the week of Memorial Day. The event is called the Warrenville Healing Field®. Keep reading for the details on how you can visit, volunteer, or buy a flag.

Visit

Healing Field VideoThe flags will be set up the morning of May 20, 2015, and ready for viewing by noon. The flags will stay up until Wednesday, May 27. Stop by any time. You will awed by the 500 flags arranged in perfect rows and columns, and additional 250 flags surrounding the field (See the Video of Sandy, Utah Healing Field). The flags are a tribute to the men and women who have given their time, talents, and even their lives for our freedom.  In addition, attend the following programs:

  • Every Day: Flag Raising Ceremony at Sunrise (about 5:20 am), and Flag Lowering Ceremony at Sunset (around 8pm).
  • Opening Ceremony:  Wed May 20 at 7 pm followed by the flag lowering ceremony at sunset.
  • Flag Retirement Ceremony: Friday May 22 starting at 6pm. Bring tattered flags to be retired. The VFW serves a Friday night fish fry, starting at 5 pm. The flag lowering ceremony will be at sunset.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony: At noon includes Tunes of Glory, bagpipes, honoring of veterans, and patriotic music. 

Volunteer

Assemble FlageMany volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Please consider volunteering a few hours. Sign up below. Organize your club, neighbors, or friends to work together!

  • May 11 at 6:30 - Set Up Extra Flags: Set up extra 250 flags around the VFW perimeter (no sign up for this one -- just show up)
  • May 19 at 6 pm - Flag Assembly: Assemble the 500 flags at the Warrenville VFW. Attach the flags to the poles using zip ties and O-rings. 6-8 pm (click the link to sign up)
  • May 20 at 8 am - Set up the Flags: The flags need to be put into the ground, and the yellow memorial tags attached. (click the link to sign up)
  • May 20 - May 27 - Greeters:  All week greeters will staff short shifts to help people find the flags they purchased, sell flags, and generally help out as needed. (click the link to sign up)

 

Buy a Flag - and Tag It

tag-a-flagPurchase a flag to honor service or sacrifice. Tag it with your message of rememberance. It could be a general "thank you",  or an honor for a specific family member, friend, teacher, loved one, or any hero.  At the conclusion of the event, take the flag home to continue the tribute year round, share it with a loved one, or donate it to the VFW. Or -  the link to purchase the flag to make a donation.

Cost: $35, includes pole and gold ball on top.
Flag Pickup:Tue May 26 from 8 am to 7pm, or Wed May 27 Look Forward to Seeing You at the Warrenville Healing Field

See You at the Healing Field!

Questions? Contact Rudy Keller (rudy_keller@ipsd.org or 630-465-9723), Karen Leonard (karen_leonard@ipsd.org), or Dan Leonard for brochures and more information. The brochure also contains a form to order a flag.

 

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