LOVES PARK, Sick. (WIFR) — Free flags have been accessible within the Rockford area for folks to honor fallen veterans since 1984 and because of a World Warfare II veteran that custom just isn’t going away anytime quickly.
“This is part of our heritage, freedom just isn’t free,” Veteran Gerald Olson stated.
94-year-old Lee Hartsfield makes use of the ability and keenness he wanted on the battlefield every single day. Now, he spends his days honoring those that made the last word sacrifice by putting flags on the Discipline of Honor a convention he says will final perpetually.
“Once you get an collected $25,000 you name me and I am going to come and provide you with a examine for one more $25,000 we’ll give the $50,000 to somebody who guarantees to do it perpetually,” Hartsfield stated.
The Boys and Ladies Membership of America in Rockford is the group that helped Hartsfield this yr, and the endowment will cowl 17 years’ value of free flags.
“The Boys and Ladies Membership are accumulating funds to complement that endowment plan,” Hartsfield stated.
Though that is Hartsfield’s final yr handing out free flags, the custom that began in his flower store will reside on.
“The significance is the flags on the berm are an indication that the neighborhood exhibits it is help, whenever you put it within the graveyard that begins to personalize that gratitude,” Hartsfield stated.
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