ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Close to 7,000 American Flags will be placed on Art Hill in Forest Park next week. They are part of a special 9-11 memorial. Paul Carlock is a one of hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to Flags of Valor, saying, “It’s been quite an undertaking but very humbling.”
On the 10th anniversary of 9-11 close to 3,000 American Flags were posted on Art Hill for those killed on that day. Last year close to 300 banners were placed in Kirkwood Park to honor emergency responders who died then. This year close to 7,000 flags are ready to go in a south St. Louis warehouse. Carlock said, “We wanted to take the opportunity and reflect and memorialize those who made the ultimate sacrifice from keeping 9-11 from happening again.”
Teams of volunteers have been busy on many weekends since April getting everything ready. It’s been a huge job. The flags will be put in chronological order, from the first troop who was killed up until the most recent death in the war on terrorism. Each flag pole will hold the dog tags, a photo and a brief biography of the military man or woman who was killed.
Sponsors have paid for all the overhead, so organizers hope to collect a $500,000 from donations from folks who would like to own a flag after the event is over. All the money raised will go to four different veteran’s charities.
It’s easy for people like Paul Carlock to volunteer; he has great respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. He said, “I’ve always been patriotic. I’ve always loved this country. I’ve always loved the flag”.
If you want more information on the event, and how you could volunteer or obtain a flag just open the News 11 app. Organizers are expecting well over 100 Gold Star families from around the country to fly in and visit the site. The event runs from September 6th through the 11th. It will be illuminated each night.