Honoring veterans on Veterans’ Day pays off. Napersville’s Healing Field of Honor raised $50,000 for the Hines VA medical center and that amount will be matched by Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois.
The Field of Honor was an astounding display of 2,009 American flags affixed to 8′ flag poles covering a local field (Rotary Hill) for an entire week. The flags were established to coordinate with other Veterans’ Day activities taking place in the city that day.
The group recognizes this display could not have happened without the support and aid of the entire community. While the Healing Field National Foundation has undertaken similar such displays prior, Napersville’s was the largest that was tied to Veterans Dat. To date, there have been at least 200 displays scattered throughout the country.
The flags were purchased from a $1,500 donation from 20 people. The flags were then put on sale to the public for $30 each and more than 1,700 were sold. Additionally, people were able to purchase a tag to affix to the flag in honor of family or friends that served in the military.
The $100,000 that was raised will be presented to the Hines VA medical center to be used towards their new Fisher House: a housing unit for families of patients while they visit.
The official grand opening of the Fisher House is in May, 2010. The donation itself will be used to provide “comfort and support” for the visiting families while staying at Fisher House as opposed to being used for building materials.