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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A moving memorial marking the upcoming September 11th anniversary is going up this morning on Art Hill in Forest Park. More than 7,000 American flags are being displayed—each flag representing an American military member killed while fighting the war on terror. A group called Flags of Valor is being this project.

They have done memorials like this one before.
On the 10th anniversary of 9-11, they put up close to three thousand flags on Art Hill to remember those killed on the 11th. Then last year in Kirkwood Park, the group displayed around 300 flags to honor the first responders who were killed on that day. But this morning`s effort is their biggest yet.

The flags are in chronological order from the first troop killed until the most recent death.

Organizers say each flag pole will hold the dog tags, a photo and a brief biography of the military man or woman who was killed. Sponsors are covering all of the overhead costs so those with flags of valor hope to raise about $500,000 from people who want to buy a flag after the event is over.

All of the proceeds raised will go to four different veterans` charities.

The display will be up through September 11th and will be open 24 hours a day.

More information: www.flagsofvalorusa.com