Victims honored at Healing Field Memorial

By Cristina Rendon

Published 09/11 2013 10:25PM

Updated 09/12 2013 10:36AM

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of people who attended the Utah Healing Field 9/11 Memorial Wednesday evening.

The 12th annual event was held at Sandy City Hall between patches of rain. Bagpipes and songs celebrated the lives of the men and women who died 12 years ago in New York City.

"A lot of people died for us that day and a lot of people seem to forget that day," Roberta Hatch, a volunteer who set up the flags, said. "We shouldn't forget that day."

Each flag on display at the Healing Field represented a person who lost their life during the attacks. Sheryl Mackay of Draper said the events made our country stronger and brought people together.

"I love seeing all the flags," Mackay said. "I think it just reminds of what 9/11 actually did for our country."

The memorial also paid tribute to the servicemen and women who have died after 9/11. An emotional roll call ceremony was held for Draper Sgt. Derek Johnson with his family present.

"It digs up wounds and it kind of puts salt on the wounds, but he deserves this," Dayson Johnson, brother to fallen Draper Sgt. Derek Johnson, said. "He's a hero."

Dozens of parents brought their children to the Healing Field to teach them an important part of American history and to make sure those heroes are never forgotten.

Thursday, September 12 will be the last day the Healing Field will be on display. The memorial was sponsored by Homes for Heroes.

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