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Why a field of flags?            11/12/2009

There is no other program like the Healing FieldŽ flag memorial. A Healing FieldŽ event is a community event, charitable fund raiser, awareness program and an amazing and unifying experience for all involved. A field of flags conveys a powerful message. What started out as a way to commemorate the lives of those lost to us on September 11, 2001, has grown into something more. Communities across America are turning to Healing FieldŽ flag memorials to raise money and awareness for a growing array of causes. BACODA – the Bay Area Council on Drugs & Alcohol’s Healing FieldŽ event will honor those lost to alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities in the State of Texas in one year. Acres of red, white and blue will stand eight feet tall in perfect rows similar to those in Arlington Cemetery. The 3’ x 5’ flags will stand as a temporary memorial but will make a lasting impression on those who stand before them.

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American Flag Healing FieldŽ To Memorialize Over 1,600 Victims of Drinking and Driving on Texas Roads

CLEAR LAKE – On November 10-13, 2009, the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA) will host a Healing FieldŽ event at Walter Hall Park to draw awareness to over 1,600 Texas alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2008.

“We want this event to raise awareness of the enormity of the problem. Awareness builds strength in a community ? a strength that can bring about social change,” said Karen Van Horne, CEO of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol.

A 3 x 5-foot American flag will stand as a memorial for each life lost last year. The acres of red, white and blue will serve as a visual reminder of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.

“These tragedies are preventable through communication, education and action. More than 1,600 lives were lost in 2008 to drunk driving in Texas and countless families and friends have been impacted for life ? it doesn’t have to be this way. By joining forces with community organizations and leadership, such as BACODA, we can make a difference. I applaud their leadership and initiative in tackling this problem,” said Alan Steen, administrator of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol sponsors this free event in partnership with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Galveston County Judge Yarbrough, Department of State Health Services, Sam Houston Area Council-Boy Scouts of America, Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas National Guard. Attendees will be able to participate in family-oriented prevention activities, purchase memorial flags, and, most importantly ? people can pledge to end the unacceptable and preventable tragedies caused by drinking and driving.

Rain or shine, the event will be held in League City at Walter Hall Park, 807 Highway 3 S., located south of West Nasa Road 1, and just north of Main St in League City. Opening Ceremonies will be held on November 10th with speakers, families, placing flags for loved ones lost and other activities.

The Healing FieldŽ started as a temporary, visual memorial for the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and has evolved into commemorative events for other causes. BACODA helps individuals, families and communities stop alcohol and drug abuse through awareness, education, intervention and referral. The nonprofit organization works with schools in Brazoria, Matagorda, Galveston and southeast Harris Counties.

For more information about BACODA and the Healing FieldŽ event please contact the BACODA office at 281.212.2900 or visit . Contact: Kari Stadler,

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