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3rd annual Field of Heroes to honor first responders

FIRST responders — law enforcers, military personnel, veterans, and others who have answered the call to serve — represent safety, comfort and hope, Gov. Ralph Torres said during the proclamation signing for Field of Heroes Recognition Week at the multi-purpose center on Wednesday.

The Tan Siu Lin Foundation is the organizer of the annual event which pays tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attack and honors everyday heroes.  

Catherine Attao-Toves, Tan Holdings vice president for corporate affairs and human resources, said they are also raising awareness about post-traumatic-stress disorder or PTSD, and providing additional support for  community heroes in the area of mental health.

“With the tragedy of 9/11, and the constant battle against terrorism to protect the general public, our first responders, military and veterans continue to respond with their passion to serve and carry out the duties they were sworn to do to save lives,” she said.

Tan Holdings and the Tan Siu Lin Foundation will continue to raise funds that will be donated to the Northern Marianas Humanities Council which is conducting “workshops and training that will help our heroes, and their family members,” Attao-Toves said

She said the Field of Heroes Recognition Week is an opportunity for  people to remember community heroes. “We take them for granted and we, as a society, don’t always make an effort to make sure that our heroes can continue serving and protect us. This is an opportunity to give back to them. Let them know that we haven’t forgotten about them, and we are thankful for their decision to serve.”

Gov. Ralph Torres, first lady Diann Torres, Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog, lawmakers and government officials pose with first responders.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioGov. Ralph Torres, first lady Diann Torres, Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog, lawmakers and government officials pose with first responders. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The Field of Heroes event was initially set for September, but was rescheduled because of the typhoon.

The governor said first responders risk their lives every day.

“Your work is what makes our community safe,” he told them in his remarks. “When they need help, even those who criticize you, they call that 911 because you represent safety, you represent comfort, you represent hope to the community. Thank you for your hard work.”

As part of the Field of Heroes Recognition Week, U.S. flags will be on display at  American Memorial Park on Saipan from Oct. 10 to 22; the Veterans Memorial Park on Tinian from Oct. 15 to 26; and at the Joaquin Ogo Baseball Field on Rota from Oct. 15 to 27.

On Oct. 17, the Freedom Walk on Saipan will start at Garapan Fishing Base at 5 p.m. while the 9/11 ceremony will be held at American Memorial Park.

On Tinian, the Freedom Walk and 9/11 ceremony will be held on Oct. 23. On Rota, the ceremony will be held on Oct. 26.  Start and end-points for these events will be announced soon.