Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day in the U.S., a day set aside to remember those who have died while in the service of this country.
Eckhardt began his ‘mission’ in 2006. With the help of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and private donations, he has collected over 3,000 flags over the past seven years.
When Eckhardt finds out about the death of a military person from the Midwest, he takes his trailer, loaded with flags, to that community.
So he purchased 150 flags and began taking them to area military funerals, putting them out along the funeral route. Eckhardt uses donations and his own money to pay for the flags, and his travel expenses, because he feels that this is how every fallen American soldier should be honored. As he sees it, there can never be too many flags for a soldier.
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Eckhardt has hopes that there are others throughout the country who will take this idea and organize similar groups. If you would like to learn what you, or your group, could do to volunteer assistance with the flags, start a group, or to make a donation, contact Larry at