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Patriot Day Healing Field - 10th Anniversary of 9/11


Project seeks a few hundred volunteers for Sept. 11 memorial


Rockford, Mich. (June X, 2011) -  Volunteers are needed for the ‘West Michigan Healing Field’ memorial, part of a national community program that will bring 3,200 American flags to Cannonsburg Ski Area for a Sept. 11 tribute this year. West Michigan Healing Field hopes to have a few hundred volunteers in order to successfully support the event.


“We will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2011 attack on our country and those who lost their lives that day with the West Michigan Healing Field,” said Steve Gerencer, Volunteer Chair of ‘West Michigan Healing Field.  “These 3,200 American flags will be an incredible site to see, making sure we never forget those victims or the support of our local safety personnel and military that put our safety ahead of their own every day.”


Beginning September 9 and ending September 13, 2011, the flags will be displayed on a three-acre site at Cannonosburg Ski Area. Special programs are planned for each day, with dignitaries paying tribute and reading the names of those who lost their lives on 9/11, including the 21 victims from Michigan.  West Michigan will be one of only a few cities in the country with a display of this magnitude.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities, including the setup of the flags on Sept. 9, flag takedown on Sept. 13, as well as information booth volunteers and other positions throughout the five-day event. 


“This event is an opportunity for you and your family to become involved together and honor the victims of September 11,” said Gerencer, a 26 year Air Force veteran and Post Finance Officer for the Rockford American Legion. “These days, everyone has numerous commitments and spare time is hard to come by. However, if you’re looking for a noble and appropriate way to memorialize the events of September 11, there are many opportunities available with West Michigan Healing Field and we appreciate any amount of time you can give.”


The Rockford American Legion is hosting a ‘Volunteer Rush’ on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for anyone interested in volunteering.  Volunteers are encouraged to contact Steve Gerencer at 616-293-9194 or email him at for more information. The Rockford Legion is located at 330 Rockford Park Drive, Rockford, Michigan 49341.


In addition to Gerencer, the ‘Healing Field’ committee is comprised of Art Johnson, United Bank CEO-Honorary Chair; Sue Bodenner, Bishop Hills Elder Care Community-Project Chair; Nancy Martin, United Bank-Communications/Treasurer; Jenny Waugh, Rockford Construction-Fundraising Chair; Julie McCauley, Wolverine Worldwide-Public Relations Chair; Jeannie Gregory, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Program Chair; Jeff Havemeier, Hermans Boy and Neil Blakeslee, Rockford Area Community Endowment, Field Coordinators.

About the Colonial Flag Foundation

The Colonial Flag Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity that oversees and administrates a network of patriotic and awareness programs and fundraisers. Our patented programs have earned a reputation of integrity and honor and we commit to maintaining this legacy of giving and healing. We commit to providing resource, guidance, branding, and licensing to approved host organizations for a successful event and catalyst to fundraising, awareness and healing. Strict compliance with non-profit, non-political, non-protest principals is the legacy and guarantee of any licensed Healing Field, or other sanctioned program event.


About RACE and Healing Field West Michigan
The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) is a 501(c) (3) foundation formed to provide a vehicle for channeling local charitable giving to deserving local individuals and projects.   Early in 2011 the board of RACE was approached concerning sponsorship of a Healing Field Tribute to the heroes, victims and survivors of the 9/11 tragedy.  RACE eagerly embraced the concept and realized that the project was worthy of regional recognition and participation.  A committee was formed of area business organizations including the American Legion, Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, RACE, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Construction, United Bank, Wolverine Worldwide and  local service clubs.  Proceeds of the Healing Field memorial will be designated to first responder organizations.