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Field of Flags in Laurel honors those lost on September 11th

Posted at 1:17 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 22:05:21-04

LAUREL-

The Field of Flags, in Laurel features 1,000 American flags, in remembrance of September 11th, now 19 years ago.

Most everyone can remember where they were on September 11th, 2001.

"I was actually running a restaurant, and I remember none of us wanted to work, we just wanted to reach out to loved ones and made sure that we told people that we loved them," Exchange Clubs of Billings Leif Welhaven said.

"I got home and sat down with my family and watched some would say, our world fall apart, and then come back together again," Laurel Exchange Club's Cassie Bickler said.

The flag field serves to remind, and to honor.

"What we're facing right now, the COVID aspect, the political year, all that stuff, people are just coming out here and remembering. Why we are the United States. Why we are America," Bickler said.

Hero flags line the first row of the field, and are printed with the name of everyone who lost their life on that day---

"There's nearly 3,000 names. Which is amazing in itself. We have the lights on, light up the field all night long, so you can't help but well up with some emotion about how you feel about our country," Welhaven said.

The grid was spaced to accommodate for social distancing.

"A lot of the old veterans come out, and hearing everybody's story that comes in and talks about it. Makes me be a proud American, sorry i'm not getting choked up but I'm just thankful for what we have, and our freedom, and the things that we have," Bickler said.

People were invited to go on self guided tours and drive by the field.

"EMT, military, everyday citizens are heroes. So the whole idea behind the field is to honor heroes, and to make people think about America. Obviously, our country is very divided right now, and this is a small way where we can hopefully bring our community and our country together," Welhaven said.

Namecards on the flags could be dedicated in honor of someone.

"People need to stop and take a look at the bigger picture. And really, what's going on. And watching everybody come together for this is amazing. And people coming and paying respects. It's uplifting for sure," Bickler said.