‘Field of Hope: Planting the Seed of Awareness’ dedication honors memory of 82 children who died statewide last year due child abuse and neglect

| April 6, 2018

By CCC&Y

A breezy day provided the perfect opportunity to display 82 flags on the Coconino County Courthouse Lawn, flags commemorating the death of 82 children in Arizona during 2017.

The tribute — “Field of Hope: Planting the Seed of Awareness” — honoring the memory of children who died due child abuse and neglect, was presented by the Exchange Club of Flagstaff. The dedication ceremony was held Friday, April 6, with the flags to be displayed through April 8.

“As you look across the field today and remember each of the 82 precious children who died from child abuse or neglect, remember there are many who have survived atrocious treatment from the adults who were responsible for their care,” Exchange officials reported. “Let each of these flags also represent the survivors. The Field of Hope is dedicated today to all children, that they will be nurtured to adulthood in love and safety.”

The ceremony included a welcome by Greg Crosman, president of the Exchange Club of Flagstaff; the Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 33,  the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cheryl Coronado-Bruton, a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Betty Goodwin, the reading of a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month by Flagstaff City Councilmember Charlie Odegaard and Vice-Major Jamie Whelan, remarks by Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll and Autumn Argent of Northern Arizona Healthcare and the Benediction given by Joel Vergel de Dios. Mitch Strohman served as Master of Ceremonies.

During the event the audience was invited to help place the Child Abuse Prevention flags on the lawn, with the ringing of the bell in memory of the children by Home School Educators.

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Category: Child Welfare, Education

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