The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 had a horrific impact on us as a nation and as individuals.

Paul Swenson, creator of the Healing Field and the Field of Honor, wanted to acknowledge the scale of the sacrifice with a positive image that would also offer hope and comfort: a display that would offer healing.

Swenson envisioned a display of three thousand United States flags to honor those who died on 9-11.

Not a pile of rubble bleak against a gray smoke streaked sky but ordered lines of flags posted on a grassy field, fluttering in the breeze against a blue sky, the enormity of the event symbolized by a positive and beautiful image.

On the first anniversary of the terrorist attack, the first Healing Field appeared on the lawns south of the City Hall in Sandy, Utah. Since then Healing Fields and Fields of Honor have spread around the country.

There are now nearly 300 fields across the country.


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