Healing Field 2021, Patriot Park, All Day and Night in Cathedral City
The annual event is co-sponsored by the Cathedral City Noon and Evening Rotary Clubs, which collect donations from the community to purchase and store American flags and other materials for the annual event, which typically draws thousands of veterans and their families from across the Coachella Valley.
Volunteers traditionally set up more than 5,000 American flags at Patriot Park in Cathedral City for the annual, seven-day event, which also includes speeches by military leaders as well as moving tributes to veterans. At least year’s Healing Field event, the names of 7,012 men and women who died in service to this country since 9/11 were read out loud around the clock over loudspeakers.
“The whole purpose of Healing Field is to provide an opportunity for friends and family to come together to honor their loved ones and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for this country,” Hayes said.
While the 5,000 plus American flags that are set up at Patriot Park for each Healing Field event are a striking display, each flag is also personally symbolic for families of fallen veterans, since each flag pole carries a tag bearing the name, rank, branch of service, age, and hometown of each fallen hero.
The Rotary Clubs of Cathedral City have organized a Healing Field event every year for the past 15 years. The Rotary Clubs of Cathedral City are asking the community for donations to help the clubs prepare for next year’s Healing Field event.
Donations can be sent to Healing Field, c/o Cathedral City Rotary Club, P.O. Box 654, Cathedral City, CA 92235.