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Healing Field honors all who died in 9/11 attack - including 6 Utahns

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To honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, more than 3,000 American flags are set up in Sandy. (Photo: Jim Spiewak / KUTV)

To honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, more than 3,000 American flags are set up in Sandy.

Every flag represents someone who died, and it shows where they died and a little about them.

Ryan Kelley was helping set up flags on Tuesday. As part of his Eagle Scout project, he is tasked with maintaining every single flag.

“Representing each person and how much work it is for me, it helps me kind of realize how big of a toll it took on everyone,” Ryan said.

But Ryan is 15, so he wasn’t alive when terrorists attacked our country in one of the deadliest attacks in U.S. history. The death toll included six Utahns.

“So it’s kind of like that service to help everyone remember,” he said.

And that’s what 9/11 is now about. From those who weren’t even alive, to people like Tamera Rowan, who remembers exactly where she was:

“I was at home outside of D.C. in Maryland, and I remember my kids were at school, and that was the whole big thing — people started picking up their kids from school.”

A day so engraved in our minds is still worth a photo 18 years later for the dozens of people who came out to snap pictures of the flags.

“Just seeing all these flags, you can see it hits more than just that area — it hit so many people,” Rowan said.

This year's 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Healing Field in Sandy — just south of Sandy City Hall — will take place Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds from this year's event will help mental health awareness for veterans. More info can be found at healingfield.org.

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