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Savannah Mall to display Healing Flags memorial

POSTED: May 24, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Entitled “Celebrating Our Freedom,” a display of 350 American flags from The Healing Fields Flag Memorial will be flying at Savannah Mall through the month of May.

From April 30 through Memorial Day the salute will honor those who work daily for the cause of American freedom. Extendedly, the display intends to raise awareness and garner help for abused children.  

“For some these flags can be a poignant reminder to appreciate more and to share that appreciation,” said Senea Crystal, marketing manager at Savannah Mall. “For others the flags can be a reminder to do more, individually and collectively. There are important causes where each citizen can make a difference in our hometown neighborhoods.

“New owners of Savannah Mall have a renewed commitment to become more involved in the community,” Crystal added. “Many of us were unaware of the little children who need vigilant champions fighting some of their pretty overwhelming battles. How can anyone sit on the sidelines when a little child needs freedom from abusive pain and neglect? Savannah Mall is very pleased to sponsor this great cause.”

The Healing Field flags are on loan from The Coastal Empire R.O.C.K Group (Raising Our Children Kindly). Volunteers tied blue ribbons Thursday as reminders of neglected and abused children who need more done to eliminate their suffering.

“The Healing Field Flag Memorial in 2007 caught the hearts of the Coastal Empire as we remembered the 1,513 children who were reported abused in 2006 and honored 338 troops from Hunter/Fort Stewart who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Colette Balder, executive director of The R.O.C.K. Group, a grassroots organization in Savannah.

The grander scale of The Healing Field’s 2008 Flag Memorial will be on display at the Georgia Army National Guard armory grounds at 1248 Eisenhower Dr. from Nov. 8-16.  For additional information for that event contact Balder.

About Savannah Mall
Savannah Mall is a 1 million square foot shopping mall that opened in July 1990 in Savannah. Major capital improvements are under way by JSS Advisors LLC, the New York-based company that manages the mall and partnered with a realty capital group to purchase the mall in 2007.

About the R.O.C.K. Group
The purpose of the R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Children Kindly) Group, Inc. is to lead, support and coordinate citizens and professionals in an effort to end child abuse and neglect through volunteer, community-based prevention programs and increased public awareness. It is a collaboration of agencies, organizations and individuals who have been providing services to children and families in the community.


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