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Healing Field display to honor veterans in November

AURORA – Mike and Mary Kline of Aurora are proud of their son, Terrence, an F-18 fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy.

“This is his dream,” Mary Kline said. “Not a lot of people can say they accomplished their dream.”

Terrence Kline, 33, also is a 1998 West Aurora High School graduate. On Friday, his parents honored him with a flag as part of next month’s Healing Field display at West Aurora High School.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, West Aurora School District 129 Superintendent James Rydland and others participated in a news conference Friday to promote next month’s Healing Field, which will be just west of the football stadium on Plum Street.

From Nov. 3 through Nov. 13, there will be 2,013 flags on display as part of the Healing Field, which is dedicated to all military veterans. The Healing Field is sponsored by Old Second National Bank and the A+ Foundation for West Aurora.

Rydland said the United States remains a democracy where people can speak their minds because of those who serve their country.

“We seem to in this country, to have some disagreement about national health care or whether the national debt should be extended,” he said. “We live in a free nation that allows us to have an open debate.”

Old Second National Bank provided the sponsor donation to secure the purchase of the 2,013 flags.

The Healing Field event is free of charge and open to the public daily.

Individuals can sponsor a Healing Field flag for a donation of $30. An honoring tag is available for an additional donation of $5. Information is available by going to

During Friday’s event, 80 flags were on display.

“You can imagine what this will look like with 2,013 flags,” said Rudy Keller, a former West Aurora High School co-principal who is spearheading the event.

The Healing Field event is in conjunction with a national traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The display and other military exhibits and memorabilia will be stationed from Nov. 7 through Nov. 11 in the West Aurora soccer field located at Plum Street and Commonwealth Edison.

Information is available at

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