EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHealing Field Memorializes Victims Of 9-11, MU Plane Crash
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Reported: Sep. 11, 2013 1:14 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013 8:22 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A day of remembrance took place in Huntington, where the Healing Field is the focal point on Sept. 11.
Jamesa Courts is one of 600 students who took a field trip to the Healing Field Wednesday morning.
“I learned one of the doctors was born here and died on 9-11,”she said speaking of Paul Ambrose, a Huntington native who died in the plane crash at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001..
“It's really sad,” she said. “They have a yellow bow in memory of him.”
2600 flags created a sea of waving red white and blue at Spring Hill cemetery, honoring victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Marshall University plane crash, veterans and lost loved ones.
“It takes on some sort of spiritual power,” Kevin Brady, executive director of the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, said. “People have fallen to their knees and cried. They've just been amazed by it. People don't realize it till they see it.”
In the evening, a new bell tower was dedicated at the cemetery.
“(It) stands to honor these people for generations to come, whether flags are here or not,” Brady said. “It will toll, and people will think about it and remember all that it stands for.”
For the elementary students, it's a local history lesson.
“Lots of people died here 9-11,” McKinley McClure of Huntington said. “But we still remember them by the flags”
The Healing Field will be on display at the cemetery until the Sept. 15.
The day of remembrance continues in Huntington where the "Healing Field" is the focal point on Sept. 11.
During the recognition, 2,600 flags dot Spring Hill Cemetery for 10 days. It's the third year for the massive flag display which honors victims of 9/11, the Marshall University plane crash, veterans and lost loved ones.
On Wednesday morning, 600 students from Spring Hill Elementary took a field trip trip to the "Healing Field" and got a history lesson about 9/11 and the M.U. plane crash.
"I learned that a doctor born here died in 9/11 and that's really sad, because they had a yellow bow in memory of him." said Jamesa Courts, a student at Spring Hill Elementary,
Courts was referring to Dr. Paul Ambrose, a Huntington native on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon 12 years ago.
The Memorial Bell Tower also was scheduled to be unveiled Wednesday in memory of victims of 9/11, M.U. plane crash victims and veterans.
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