HEALING FIELD RETURNS

Spring Hill Celebrates 140th

Updated 8 weeks ago Edited from a Press Release
Spring Hill Celebrates 140th

The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District (GHPRD) will host Spring Hill Cemetery’s 140th Anniversary Celebration from Monday, September 8, to Sunday, September 14.

On Monday, September 8, thousands of American Flags will return to Spring Hill Cemetery for the only Healing Field Display in the State of West Virginia. The Healing Field serves as a patriotic vigil to the thousands of victims of the 9/11 tragedy, recognizes the lives lost in the 1970 Marshall Plane Crash, and memorializes Veterans of the Armed Forces and lost loved ones. Flags can be purchased for $35 at Spring Hill Cemetery and proceeds will benefit the Spring Hill Cemetery Memorial Bell Tower Fund.

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 designated in the memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year’s Patriot Day Ceremony at Spring Hill Cemetery will include representation from Police and Fire Departments, Veterans of the U.S. Military, remarks from Mayor Steve Williams, GHPRD’s Executive Director Kevin Brady, and will conclude with Keynote Speaker Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H. This Ceremony of Remembrance is scheduled for September 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Cemetery. Refreshments will be provided by Vic’s Ivy Cuisine.

The 2nd Annual Memorial Bell Tower 5K Run/Walk will take place at Spring Hill Cemetery on Saturday, September 13, at 8:00 a.m. This closed course event will start and finish next to the Memorial Bell Tower adjacent to the Healing Field. The event will take place on asphalt and participants should expect mild inclines and declines with panoramic views of the City of Huntington, the Marshall Memorial, the Healing Field and the Memorial Bell Tower. Early registration before September 10 is $25, late registration, September 10-13, is $30, and Student Registration is $10. All early registrants will receive an event t-shirt and late registrants will receive event t-shirts as quantities permit. Online registration is available at tristateracer.com, mail-in registration forms can be downloaded from ghprd.org and sent to P.O. Box 2985, Huntington, WV 25728-2985, and in-person registration is available at the GHPRD Office in Heritage Station, Ritter Park Activities Center, and Spring Hill Cemetery. Checks should be

made payable to GHPRD and proceeds will benefit the Spring Hill Cemetery Memorial Bell Tower Fund.

The GHPRD is calling all amateur photographers to enter the Spring Hill Cemetery 140th Anniversary Photography Contest! Entries must be submitted by September 10, 2014 and will be judged by the esteemed panel of Speakers at the September 11 Patriot Day Ceremony at Spring Hill Cemetery. Winners will be announced September 13 after the 2nd Annual Memorial Bell Tower 5K Run/Walk. Entries may be submitted online at activities@ghprd.org or in person at Spring Hill Cemetery, Ritter Park Activities Center, or the GHPRD Office in Heritage Station. JPEG files and matted 8X10 prints will be accepted and must be submitted with an official entry form. All photos become the property of the GHPRD upon submission. Photos must be the sole work of the entrant and must depict Spring Hill Cemetery. Some photogenic suggestions in Spring Hill include the Memorial Bell Tower, the Marshall Memorial, the Healing Field, monuments, graves, and landscapes, but the possibilities are endless. This FREE contest will award prizes for 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50, and 3rd Place $25 for each of the two categories of Color and Black & White. Enter your Spring Hill Cemetery Photo today!!

We haven’t forgotten about the kids! The GHPRD will also be accepting entries for the Kids’ Coloring Contest during the week of the Spring Hill Cemetery 140th Anniversary Celebration. Kids’ Coloring Contest Sheets are available at the GHPRD Office in Heritage Station and Spring Hill Cemetery and should be returned to Spring Hill Cemetery by September 12. Winners will be announced on Saturday, September 13, after the 2nd Annual Memorial Bell Tower 5K Run/Walk.

The friendly staff of Spring Hill Cemetery will be leading guided walks through the historical burial ground for many of Huntington’s founders and other influential members of the community. These free historic tours of Spring Hill Cemetery will take place on September 9, 10, and 12 at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.

September 14 will be set aside as a Day of Reflection before the Healing Field is taken down on Monday, September 15.

Please join the GHPRD as we come together as a community during this week to pay our respects, reflect and look forward together. Check us out at www.ghprd.org – Like us on Facebook – Follow us on Twitter

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