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Some 3,000 U.S. flags again grace the grassy grounds south of Sandy City Hall to mark the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The field of Stars and Stripes honors the souls lost in the assaults along with emergency responders and military personnel who died in the aftermath.

Dubbed the Healing Field, the patriotic display is the brainchild of Colonial Flag Co. President Paul Swenson, according to a news release.

"He wanted to replace the mental images of broken concrete and twisted steel with images of hope and healing," states the release.

Dozens of communities nationwide now stage similar Healing Field events.

A brief commemoration ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in front of Sandy City Hall.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be up until 5 p.m. Sept. 18.

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