In 2006, 2,998 American flags were placed at Homesteaders Life Company’s campus in West Des Moines, Iowa, transforming it into the Healing Field of Central Iowa. This inspiring memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001 was visited by more than 30,000 people including guests from many U.S. states and several countries.
The event, which coincided with Homesteaders' centennial, raised in excess of $110,000 to be distributed between Hospice of Central Iowa (now known as EveryStep) to help ensure peace of mind for patients and families who are on the end-of-life journey and to the Funeral Service Foundation in support of funeral service and allied professionals.
As we look back on the Healing Field of Central Iowa, we continue to be amazed by the impact it had on our community.
These featured photos depict scenes from the 2006 Healing Field of Central Iowa, including volunteers, visitors and events.
It was an amazing miracle to see the field grow in love and color. Each day was filled with tears of healing. Veterans came to cry and heal, spouses came to remember and honor, grandparents brought their grandchildren to educate.
Mary Ann S.
My heart was touched to see (and hear) all of the beautiful flags flying at the Healing Field. Even the huge semi trucks which drove by during the opening ceremony, passed in respectful silence to show support. I’ve gone out to the field several times to take pictures and heard the truckers honking and giving the 'thumbs-up' to the members of the VFW or American Legion who are guarding the field 24/7. God Bless America and every person who protects me, and my freedom.