Volunteers fill Art Hill with American flags

Volunteers are proud to put them in the ground.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Art Hill in Forest Park is now filled with around 7,000 American flags. With hundreds of volunteers involved, it didn't take long to put them up for display on Tuesday morning. The powerful meaning behind each flag inspired volunteers to help.

"We started thinking, this is the fifteenth anniversary what are we going to do," Rick Randall from Flags of Valor said. "The criteria we used is killed in theater since 9/11. These young men and women answered the call and we wanted to honor them."

The project is important to Chris Andrews, whose daughter, Sgt. Amanda Pinson, was killed in the line of duty in 2006.

"Today I put that flag in the ground and tears were rolling down but it's a proud moment," Andrews said.

She says she's glad to know she has the community's support.

"To see everybody to remember our heroes and all these people coming out on a weekday morning and helping knows that there are people who really do care," she said. "So when people come out here if they just maybe walk by that flag and say Sgt. Amanda Pinson, that means a lot to me."

The display will be in the park until September 11 with a ceremony each day. The Flags of Valor are available for purchase and proceeds will be given to various charities. For more information, visit www.flagsofvalorusa.com.


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