ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Art Hill is adorned in the red, white and blue this evening and for the next five days. More than 7,000 flags are flying to honor military men and women. Tuesday the flag were blessed in a formal ceremony on Art Hill.
Under a hot September sun, and just below the statue of the Crusader King Louis the 9th, a small crowd gathered for a blessing.
There was a color guard, anthems and prayers for the Flags of Valor display representing fallen military men and women killed since 9/11/2001 terror attacks.
You can take home a flag for a suggested donation of $75 dollars, along with a back-story and set of dog tags. Flags of Valor USA hopes to raise $500,000 for four St. Louis military charities, the Semper Fi fund, and to build a memorial at Jefferson Barracks Park
Honorary chairwoman Chris Andrews will be back to Art Hill to feel the impact of the flags, and to think about her daughter Sgt. Amanda Pinson, a member of the 101st Airborne killed in Iraq in March 2006.
And with the wind blowing, the sound of 7,000 13 dog tags blowing against metal flagpoles, is one you won`t soon forget.