Honoring Hoosier Heroes: Plans for hundreds of American flags to come to World War Memorial
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 7, 2015) – A Brownsburg mother of a Marine is stepping up and showing her pride for those that fight for our freedom in a show of honor; hundreds of American flags in front of the World War Memorial.
Beth Carr comes from a bit of a military family, “My son Jake is in the Marines, both of my parents were in the Army, my brother was in the Army, I have a nephew in the National Guard,” she said.
Her son Jake is 20 years old and is an active service Marine stationed in California. It was about a year ago, out of the blue, when she discovered Flags for Honor.
“We received a yellow ribbon in the mail; had his name, his rank, his branch of service, his company, all of that, and an explanation card that said something along the lines of a flag has flown in honor of your loved one in our field of flags,” she said.
A flag, somewhere in Ohio was flying in honor of her son, by someone she didn’t know, in a town she’d never been to, and they were paying tribute to a man they’d never met.
“As I’m googling some more I see that they’re doing displays all across the United States like this and I was showing this with some friends and we all kind of thought why doesn’t Indianapolis do something like this? So, that’s what we decided to do,” she said.
Carr has started her own Flags for Honor organization now. She was inspired by the same project that honored her son.
The end goal Carr said is for one week in September, to fill University Park in front of the Indiana World War Memorial, with hundreds of flags, all to honor those that serve.
“It’s a beautiful building, it’s a beautiful area, I think it would just make a big statement to see the building back there and then a sea of flags in front of it,” she said.
A flag costs $25 and can be dedicated in honor of any service member, or first responder. All proceeds are going to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship which helps family members of fallen soldiers go to college.
You can purchase a flag for your hero at http://www.flagsforhonor.org/.