They call him the “Flag Man.”
For years, Larry Eckhardt, of Little York, Ill., has driven thousands of miles across the country to visit funerals of veterans killed overseas.
Eckhardt brings hundreds of American flags with him to each funeral. When he learns the procession route, he places miles of flags in rows along the roads, creating a moving display of honor. Strangers who see the flags begin to line the highway, and often times join in the procession to pay their respects. Eckhardt says he has two mottos: Nothing is more important as honoring a fallen soldier, and there’s no such thing as too many flags.
CBSN met Eckhardt in Kentucky for the funeral of Private First Class Dustin Gross, who died while serving in Afghanistan. In this video, Eckhardt talks about his mission, and you can see the incredible effect it has on the local community.
Eckhardt’s mission is to travel to every funeral he can. He’s in debt because of what he’s doing, but he says it’s a debt he’s willing to take on if it means he can continue to honor veterans lives and sacrifices.