2,000 American flags sold to benefit wounded Marines

September 20th, 2011

By Grant Bissell | KSDK 5 TV | KSDK.com | September 19, 2011

St. Louis (KSDK) - Hundreds of St. Louisans now own a piece of a very special 9/11 memorial that graced Art Hill in Forest Park. The memorial was one of the most popular displays in St. Louis over the past week.

Nearly 3,000 American flags that paid tribute to the victims of the September 11th terror attacks were removed from the display Monday.

Around 2,000 of the flags were sold. Many of the buyers were looking for the individual flag that represented their friend or family member killed on 9/11.

All the money will go to the Semper Fi Fund for wounded Marines. The flags that aren't sold will be donated to Larry Eckhardt, also known as "the Flag Man." He's from Illinois and he uses flags to line funeral processions for fallen soldiers.

Rick Randall, the designer of the memorial says it was a lot of work, but worth the sleepless nights and every penny spent.

"It's been a heck of a week," said Randall. "It was way more emotional than I thought it would be. I've heard lots of stories and seen lots of tears."

Buyers will have one more chance to get a flag. They'll be for sale at the Guarantee Electric warehouse at 3405 Bent Avenue in St Louis on Saturday September 24th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

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