In 2001 our country lived a nightmare. As the Twin Towers fell, many of us wondered: Why? And how would we move on?
One year later, as the anniversary of September 11th approached; Paul Swenson, the owner of Colonial Flag, wanted to do something.
Paul's sister Sawn explained, "Paul wanted to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 and wanted to figure out how to deal with this first anniversary."
Quickly that year, Paul placed one flag for every victim from that terrible day on a field in Sandy.
Because of the healing happening in this field of flags, they called it the Healing Field. Since then, fields have been placed around the Country. More than six hundred opportunities for community service and support.
Sawn said, "They are a way to reach out and touch people like nothing else has done before."
Sawn Swenson now runs the Colonial Flag Foundation organization Healing Fields across the country.
Swenson said, "They pay tribute and honor people or whatever the community has chosen."
Whether it be to raise money for someone in need or to welcome home a soldier, Colonial Flag works with the community putting together their Healing Field, to make sure it is a successful and meaningful event.
Swenson said, "It is the most inspired event and program. We get that comment from people all over the country."
Another opportunity for this Utah company to build the patriotic feeling of our country around the nation. Something owner Paul Swenson feels is a great importance for each of us.
Paul Swenson said, "Each of us are symbolized by a stitch in our flag, if we take care of our stitch the other stitches get taken care of."
And Colonial Flag is working to do their part. Not only taking care of the flag, but sharing it's message with everyone.