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Sandy Healing Field® 22nd Annual~ 2023

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September 9, 2023September 12, 2023

10000 South Centennial Parkway Sandy, UT

Flags will not be available for purchase during the 2023 Utah Healing Field.
Donations will be accepted.
Thank you, for your continued support.

Sandy Healing Field®
South of Sandy City Hall
10000 South Centennial Pkwy, Sandy City, UT

September 9th-12th

Each year since the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th of 2001, massive displays of United States flags have flown on the Sandy City Promenade in honor of the nearly three thousand victims killed that day.

Photo Credit: Deseret News

Visitors have experienced healing when walking through the ordered rows of flags that gave the event its name, the Utah Healing Field® flag display. This original Healing Field® event has since inspired numerous communities nationwide to host the official flag display programs developed and created by the Colonial Flag Foundation.

Twenty-two years later, a generation of young people have no memory or experience of that fateful day. Nevertheless, the world they grow up in presents unique and new challenges that continue the need for healing, community, unity, and patriotism.  These things and much more are provided by the moving experience of being among and witnessing the more than 3,000 USA flags that are posted annually on the Sandy City promenade.

Flags will fly again this September to honor and remember those who died that day, as well as honoring all Utah men and women in uniform (including first responders) who have given their all-in service of their country since the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Currently that number is about 318.

The inspirational display of flags representing one flag, one life continues to draw thousands of Utahns and visitors from across the country each September. This solemn event provides visitors with the powerful sense of hope, healing and courage that we all experienced following the attacks and at the first Healing Field flag display. This event continues to ensure that the mature may remember and the young may learn.

Over the past 21 years the Sandy, Utah Healing Field has been hosted and provided by the Colonial Flag Foundation (CFF) and its dedicated volunteers. Proceeds raised at each event have been donated to numerous local charities allowing the legacy of those lost, to continue to give and serve their communities and country.

Sandy City administration and staff have been a key factor in the success of each event.      CFF is so grateful for the support and assistance provided by Sandy City.

Beginning this year, for the first time, CFF will not “host” the flag display event.  The foundation is honored to turn its reigns over to the amazing people at Sandy City.

Sandy City will be the official Host of the Healing Field flag display program of Colonial Flag Foundation.  This follows the format in which CFF works with communities and organizations all over the United States and its territories.

A growing and progressive city, Sandy has become synonymous with Colonial Flag Foundation’s Healing Field® flag display events.  The Sandy City Promenade provides an ideal location that could not have been laid out better for the annual display.

We look forward to seeing all of you again this year at the Sandy, Healing Field. Visit often while the flags are posted, get your annual infusion of hope and patriotism. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Thank you so much for the support so many of you have given to this effort each year, we couldn’t do it without you.

The Sandy Healing Field® display is a gift to the community made possible through donations,  and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers.

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In The News

In The NewsFoundation honors veterans by placing flags in ‘healing fields’
Fox Business Video July 1, 2020
Colonial Flag CEO and owner Paul Swenson explains why it’s important to place flags to honor our veterans, how his nonprofit got started and how it’s grown since its founding.

On Sept. 11, fields of flags help heal: ‘The field comes to life’
The Washington Post
One week before the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Paul Swenson happened to glance at a newspaper somebody was reading on his flight from Northern California to Salt Lake City. A number jumped out at him: 3,031. At the time, it was the estimated number of people believed to have died that awful day in 2001.

Photos: Field of flags gives Utahns a chance to heal on 9/11 anniversary 
Deseret News
Gwen Utley, 16, attaches a short biography of a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to an American flag in the 18th annual Healing Field outside Sandy City Hall, 10000 S. Centennial Parkway, on Friday. The temporary memorial will feature over 3,000 flags, each representing a victim of the attack. The Healing Field will be on display through Thursday and is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the Colonial Flag Foundation and Honor 365, a Utah nonprofit that serves veterans, will host a free concert featuring country musician Charley Jenkins. Then on Wednesday, the Healing Field will host a 9/11 ceremony at 7 p.m.

Healing Field Display Commemorates 9/11
Sandy Journal
Most of us remember the surreal moment when 9/11 unfolded. The tragedy seared itself into our collective consciousness.
The Healing Field will run Sept. 7–11 across the Sandy City Promenade to honor each of the almost 3,000 victims who lost their lives. A sea of posted American flags will honor those who died when terrorists seized airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on a grassy field in Pennsylvania.

3,000 American Flags in Sandy honor victims of 9/11 
Fox 13 News
SANDY, Utah — More than 3,000 flags are staked into the promenade lawn in front of Sandy City Hall as the country prepares to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Every single flag in the Utah Healing Field represents someone who lost their life during 9/11 and in its aftermath, as well as Utah fallen military and civil servant heroes.

Healing Field honors all who died in 9/11 attack – including 6 Utahns 
To honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, more than 3,000 American flags are set up in Sandy.

“Remembering The One”: The Sandy Healing Field continues tradition of honoring victims of 9/11 
ABC 4 News
SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Nearly three thousand American flags on the Healing Field wave abundantly on the Sandy Promenade honoring all who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Now, in its eighteenth year, the massive flag memorial named “Remember the One” pays tribute to the police officers, firefighters, public servants and citizens who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.

Healing Field (Colonial Flag Foundation)
The Sandy Prominade was created years before the first Healing Field® display of 2002. However, the grassy lawn of the two blocks immediately south of Sandy City Hall could not have been better laid out to accommodate the nations first and original Healing Field® event. Likewise, the Sandy City government (https://bit.ly/2LqCXNM) could not be more supportive of the amazing panorama of flags.

Community calendar for the week of Sept. 6, 2019
Deseret News
Patriot Day honors the memory of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Several events take place this week in observance, including the
Utah Healing Fields in Sandy with a special concert and program on Saturday, and on Wednesday, a screening of the documentary “You Are Here” in select
theaters and a presentation by former Air National Guard fighter pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney in Washington County.

Healing Field display commemorates 9/11 
Sandy Journal
By Stephanie DeGraw
Most of us remember the surreal moment when 9/11 unfolded. The tragedy seared itself into our collective consciousness.

Meet a real-life cowboy and country singer from Utah
Fox 13 Salt Lake City
Charley Jenkins was raised on a cattle and hay farm in Roosevelt, Utah. He excelled in calf roping and truly is country through and through.
Looking ahead to August he’s on the road with Lonestar, on the 7th in Duchesne and on the 8th in Nephi. He’s also proud to be apart of the healing field in Sandy in September for the anniversary of 9/11.

2018 Utah Healing Field
Or watch 2018 Utah Healing Field on KUED’s video portal »
Each year since the first anniversary of 9/11, a massive display of US flags have flown on the Sandy City Promenade in honor of the victims.

Remembering 9/11: Utahns pay tribute to 3,000 victims at Healing Field in Sandy
(KUTV) — Every year since the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks a special tribute has been put up in Utah.
This stunning display of more than 3,000 flags is known as the Utah Healing Field in Sandy
It represents the lives lost, and those we continue to lose from the September 11, 2001 attacks. Each flag represents a victim.
“They didn’t know that morning that this was all going to happen,” said Natalie Isaacson, who is new to Sandy. It was her first time visiting the Healing Field this year.

Healing Field to display 3,000+ flags Sept. 8-12 in Sandy
Deseret News
SANDY — More than 3,000 flags will fly in front of City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway, honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as the Utah Healing Field continues a local tradition that began in 2002.

Reflect on 9/11 at the 17th annual healing field in Sandy
SANDY (News4Utah)- Since 2002, three thousand American flags have been posted in front of Sandy City Hall the week of the of Sept. 11th.
Each flag represents a 9/11 victim.
This year, the flags will be on display Sept. 8th through the 12th from dawn to dusk at 10000 Centennial Parkway.

How did Healing Fields begin?
The Daily Courier
The first Healing Field event took place in 2003 in Sandy, Utah. Paul Swenson, president of Colonial Flag Foundation, planned the field as a way to visualize the magnitude of human loss from terrorist attacks that occurred Sept. 11, 2001.

The Utah Healing Field is returning to Sandy
Good 4 Utah
Some 3,000 American flags will be posted in front of Sandy City Hall on September 9 as part of the 16th Annual Utah Healing Field. The display has been a Sandy City tradition since 2002, the one-year anniversary of 9/11.

16th Annual Healing Field 2017
Each year since the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th of 2001, a massive display of United States flags has flown at the Sandy City Promenade to honor each of the nearly three thousand victims killed that day. Visitors experienced a sense of healing the gave the tradition an name, the Utah Healing Field® display.

Utah’s annual healing field open to the public to honor 9/11 victims
Fox 13
Utahns can honor the victims of September 11th by walking through the healing field in Sandy at the City Hall offices. As the nation marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Utahns can remember and reflect at the Sandy Healing field.

9/11 victims remembered at 16th Annual Utah Healing Field
Good 4 Utah
The 2,977 victims of the September 11th Terror Attacks were remembered at a special ceremony Monday evening. “Welcome to the 16th Annual Healing Field,” host and ABC4 Utah Chief Political Correspondent Glen Mills told the crowd as nearly 3000 American flags waved over the Sandy City Hall Promenade, each signifying a person lost on this day in 2001.

Healing Fields
One News Page
September 1st. Time to start thinking about important events coming up. The healing field is going up again in Sandy. This is the 16th year commemorating September 11th.

Children marvel at 16th Healing Field in Sandy
Audio Boom
Close to 3,000 flags flapped in Sandy today in honor of the victims of the September 11th terror attacks back in 2001. Organizers say they continue to plant the flags so that no one forgets that day and so that kids can learn more about the sacrifice by the people who lost their lives.



Benefiting Charities:
To Be Determined

Hosted By:
Sandy City

A Program of the Colonial Flag Foundation

Local Organizing Committee:

Project Chair: Katie Atkinson
Sandy City Events Manager

Public Relations Chair: Eric Richards
Sandy City Communications Director

Field Coordinator Chair: Jeff Hall
Facilities Supervisor, Sandy City Parks & Rec

Charlie Millard
Division Manager, Sandy City Parks & Rec
Kimberly Bell – Deputy Mayor
Paul Swenson


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Sandy, Utah – South of City Hall
10000 South Centennial Parkway
Sandy, UT 84070 United States
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