County Connection: Healing Field honors all Kentucky military veterans who lost their lives as a result of terrorism

12/13/2017 05:22 PM

LAWRENCEBURG – One of the most unique memorials in the country is dedicated to military personnel who lost their lives as a result of terrorism is the Healing Field, located on the grounds of the Anderson American Legion Post 34 in Lawrenceburg.

The memorial, which features a total of 119 flags and names, represents all Kentucky veterans who lost their lives as a result of terrorism.

Pam Brough, president of the Anderson American Legion Post 34 Auxiliary, said the initial idea was to have a temporary memorial.

“The initial intention of the Healing Field was temporary healing fields to represent fire, military, police departments that had lost service members,” Brough said. “Kentucky always tries to go big, so we decided to construct the first permanent Healing Field in the United States.”

“Nineteen thousand dollars was raised to construct the permanent memorial, but three months later, disaster struck.

“In the following spring, we had 60 mile per hour (wind) speeds come through Lawrenceburg and totally destroyed our Healing Field,” Brough said. “What had taken us nineteen thousand dollars in a year and a half to raise funds for, took us 3 months to raise forty thousand dollars to reconstruct the Healing Field with commercial flag poles. The whole community pulled together and raised a lot of funds to reconstruct and get the Healing Field back to where it is today.”

The Healing Field is not the only notable sight on the Lawrenceburg American Legion grounds.

Another monument honors all military veterans of the county who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The display is free for all and open year-round for all who wish to honor our fallen heroes. Donations for additional poles, markers, flag replacement and maintenance can be sent to American Legion Auxiliary PO Box 114 Lawrenceburg, KY. 40342

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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