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3/31/2013 9:55:00 PM
PV councilwoman announces plans for 2nd Healing Field
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Town Councilwoman Mary Mallory announced plans Thursday for the second Healing Field honoring the victims of Sept. 11, and hopes to display 3,000 flags on the Civic Center grounds.

Mallory, who helped organize the event for this past Sept. 11, said the 2012 ceremony featured 1,100 flags. Each flag contained biographical information on the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

The Healing Field project has collected 1,900 flags and needs an additional 1,100, Mallory said.

She showed a video during the council meeting, and apologized for technical difficulties as the video displayed with no sound. The video shows still shots of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center after two planes commandeered by terrorists crashed into them, of firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero and other scenes.

Mallory said she first learned about the Healing Field after being invited to an event a few years ago in Tempe.

Referring to Sept. 11, Mallory said, "It just moved your soul that much. Since then we have lost 7,000 soldiers. America is the greatest country."

She said volunteers will place 3,000 flags on the Civic Center grounds Sept. 6 in advance of the Sept. 11 ceremony. She added the Central Yavapai Fire District is storing the flags.

The Healing Field flags went up around the same time as the Eco-Loco Festival in 2012, town planner Ruth Mayday told the council.

"We are going to continue this little synergy," she said.

Mallory circulated fliers with sponsorship agreements for buying the flags from the Colonial Flag Foundation in Sandy, Utah. Prices range from $20 for an individual flag to $5,000 for 250 flags.

For more information, call at 899-3921.

Mallory's presentation was the first item of the agenda at the council meeting. Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye was absent.

The council also voted to endorse plans by the Villages at Lynx Creek subdivision to operate a new Class A bingo license. The license restricts the operator to gross sales of $15,600 per year, with a maximum prize payout of $299 per event.

"It is mostly seniors that come," bingo manager Donna Nickerson told the council. She said the Villages has operated bingo games for about five years.

Councilwoman Patty Lasker said, "I think it is great you get together and have fun."

Lasker and her council peers voted unanimously to support the bingo application to the Arizona Department of Revenue.

The council also:

• Honored Cassie Norman, a Bradshaw Mountain High School student whom the Prescott Valley Rotary Club named Student of the Month.

• Named John Yeater, a former councilman and chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, to a term on the

commission that expires Oct. 31.

• Certified the official results of the March 12 election for mayor, three council seats and two ballot propositions.

• Accepted a bid of $27,250 from the Prescott Valley C&D Landfill Inc. for disposal services for the spring Clean-up Day May 4.

• OK'd the low bid of about $42,000 from Waterline International of Rimrock to replaster the Mountain Valley Splash swimming pool at Mountain Valley Park.

• Received an invitation from former Prescott City Councilman Bob Luzius to attend a meeting of the Verde River Basin Partnership April 11 in Camp Verde, the same evening that the council meets.

• Conducted the annual performance review of Town Clerk Diane Russell.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: O O

EX Pat, instead of flapping your gums, open the flap to your wallet and cut the big check to the VA

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: Mary mallory

For Ex Pat , give me a call , we can talk about your ideas on helping the veterans, I believe , my experience in Life is that God has put something in my life ,from it many doors may open I would love to hear what you may be thinking about With helping the Veterans. I appreciate your comments , we can also talk about the other Flags you had questions on. looking forward to hearing From you.

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck Bordenave

To ex pat, Mary is a good lady, with a great big patriotic heart. ...

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: @Ex Pat

Totally agree. We're a melting pot of people, many who previously fought other places.

Truthfully, wouldn't the money be better used long-term to support veteran and mental-health causes than buying a bunch of flags? Sure it makes a pretty display for a day here and there. But many veterans' issues with PTSD, depression, homelessness and unemployment are ongoing. Just food for thought.

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Mallory

I was ask to put address of where donations can be mailed to so here it is.
colonial Flag Fondation
C/O Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Az
Attn: Sawn Swenson
9362 South 300 West
Sandy , Utah. 84070
thank You again everyone.

Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Mallory

I want to Thank Everyone for the support on this event , It is such a soul moving event, to take the time to read about these people lost this day, to remember them, Our soldiers who are still fighting the war on terrorism, Our America she is awesome I Love This Country with all my heart,all the people that fought and died for her can NEVER be forgotten I am forever grateful for my freedom I will continue to carry the message for as long as I live, any questions please call me . I look forward to working with the Northern community this year on this amazing event.

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013
Article comment by: EX PAT

Will the flags from other Nations be allowed on the Healing Fields, people from 90 Countries were killed, I would like to place a British Flag.

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

The Healing Fields event last year was a wonderful event. The speakers and the Pipes and Drums from the Central Yavapai Fire District were a very welcome addition. And we will provide the money to have all the flags we need for this years reminder. Thanks Mary Mallory.

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