Auburn’s Hoopes Park will again be filled with American flags over Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a fundraiser hosted by St. Joseph School. The school is selling American flags, which will be flown in the park May 22-25 as part of the Healing Field program run by the Colonial Flag Foundation. The school previously has hosted similar events in the park in 2010 and 2011.
Flags may be purchased for $38 apiece by contacting St. Joseph School at 315-253-8327 or visiting the school’s website at www.sjsauburn.org. Flags must be purchased by April 15.
People who order flags will be able to indicate whether the flags are being purchased in memory or in honor of other individuals. Tags bearing those individuals’ names will hang from the flags when they’re erected in Hoopes Park in May, noted Cheryl Foster, coordinator of the Healing Fields event.
The opening ceremony will be held May 22 at 7 p.m. at the park, although the Healing Field will be open to the public earlier that day. Local veterans and Knights of Columbus will participate in the ceremony, which will honor all branches of the U.S. military, Foster said. Members of Boy Scout Troop 58 and their leaders will camp out in the park during the weekend to maintain the grounds and stand guard over the flags. NUCOR Corp. has donated the rebar that will support the flags, and Robert Marinella, vice president of Corrosion Control Inc., has volunteered to coat the rebar to protect it from rust, Foster said.
Anyone interested in volunteering during the event or helping to set up the field may contact Foster at 315-246-4345.