Each Flag Tells A Story

Each of the 2,012 American flags within the Healing Field tells a story.

2012 marks the second time volunteers have covered Rotary Hill for Veterans Day.

Residents gathered at the base of the Carillon Tower to tag a flag.

Loved ones wrote a personalized message on yellow tags about the service member they were honoring.

“It’s heartfelt, it makes you want to cry when you look at it,” said Naperville resident, Laura Cavallaro. “For all that they’ve done for us, those in the military, it’s the least amount I could do.”

“It’s not enough,” said Naperville resident Michael Maher. “To me, it’s mind-boggling. To think, why do you do that? How do you do that, when you put yourself into harms way? And one day a year, we can all just say thank you.”

All the proceeds from the Healing Field of Honor will be matched by Operation Support Our Troops America to help victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

The city last held the event three years ago when 2,009 flags were on display for Veterans Day.

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