Flags of Valor, dog tags available for $75 donation

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Thousands of American flags have been removed from Art Hill and are now ready for anyone who wants to make a donation. It’s a mission to raise money for military causes and at the same time carryon on the respect shown for those who gave their lives for our country.

Volunteers arrived well before sunrise in Forest Park. Their task: to remove close to 7,000 American flags from Art Hill. The organization Flags of Valor USA has been working on the project for months. Each flag honored a man or woman who died in the war on terror since September 11. Each flag had a photo of the hero and their dog tags.

“You realize what a melting pot what a beautiful place we are all those people are trying to contribute and they gave the ultimate,” said volunteer Mimi Newsham Mahoney.

Removing all the flags was done with military precision. Some 400 volunteers carried the entire event from start to finish on their shoulders.

You can own one of the flags for $75; all the money goes to not for profit military organizations.

Each flag comes with a special responsibility, to continue to show that American hero respect.

“We’ve asked them to fly that flag on the day of the death of a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, and they tear up like the people who knew the victim,” said volunteer Keath Hausher.

Organizers say people came to St. Louis from all over the country to visit Art Hill and all the flags.