In Lakewood, more than 300 American flags have been erected on a grassy knoll next to City Hall to honor the 321 Washington residents who have lost their lives to family violence since 1997.
The "Domestic Violence Healing Field" is sponsored by Lakewood Partnership Against Domestic Violence (LPADV) and the Business Masters Exchange Club of Pierce County. The flags will remain on display until Oct. 5.
A brief dedication ceremony was be held at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Council Chambers. Lew Cox, director of Violent Crime Victim Services, a non-profit group supporting victims in Lakewood and across the state was guest speaker. A procession to the Healing Field occurred after the 30 minute program with additional "Silent Witness" displays detailing victims and health care workers’ personal experiences with domestic violence marking the way through the procession.
To raise funds for the LPADV, the beautiful, full-size all-weather American flags from the Healing Field are available for purchase for $30. Contact the City of Lakewood for more information.
In University Place, the City Council issued a proclamation renewing the city’s commitment to fighting domestic violence and supporting community efforts like the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence.
The city will also air a half-hour program on its television station, UPTV, during the month of October. The program features Ann Eft, director of the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence, and Lisa Villones, a domestic violence expert with the Tacoma/Pierce County Heath Department.
For information about how you can see the program, contact the City of University Place.