Illinois River town lines park with 1,000 American flags

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HENRY, Ill. (AP) _ More than 1,000 American flags line the Veterans’ Walk in a park in the Illinois River town of Henry.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that this Fourth of July holiday is the tenth anniversary of the display, which is continuing to grow. It’s a signature event in the Marshall County town of about 2,500 residents.

Joe Thornton started the tradition in 2005 as an Eagle Scout project. Now he’s a veteran and reservist who returned in April from active duty service in Africa. In his absence his parents run the project.

There were about 150 flags in 2005. The number now is more than 1,000.

The community plans a service at the flag display in Henry’s Stoner Park on Saturday morning. The flags will remain up through Tuesday.
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Information from: Journal Star