West Michigan Healing Field


On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists, associated with the extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of these attacks and preserve the memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks, West Michigan Healing Field presented a moving display of 3,200 U.S. Flags at Cannonsburg ski area as a tribute to the strength and unity of the American Spirit and commemorate all those who died on September 11, 2001. On that date, we received report after report of selfless individuals, first responders, fire fighters, police and private citizens, who charged into harm’s way in a display of courage and compassion that underscores the best of America and its people. Each flag in the Healing Field, included a tag bearing the name of a person, who lost his or her life from that day.

Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman, PLLC salutes the men and women, who place their lives on the line each and every day to protect our freedom and security and the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.