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Volunteers at Arlington pack up Memorial Day flags

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  • True Patriots Care Foundation President Jerry Christopherson, along with his volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags stood at the track over the Memorial Day weekend in honor of Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

       True Patriots Care Foundation President Jerry Christopherson, along with his volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags stood at the track over the Memorial Day weekend in honor of Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • True Patriots Care Foundation President Jerry Christopherson, along with his volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags represented each of the Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

       True Patriots Care Foundation President Jerry Christopherson, along with his volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags represented each of the Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • True Patriots Care Foundation member Frank LeBeau, from Cary, along with fellow volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags stood at the track over the Memorial Day weekend in honor of Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

       True Patriots Care Foundation member Frank LeBeau, from Cary, along with fellow volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags stood at the track over the Memorial Day weekend in honor of Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

A day after they served as a stirring reminder of the Illinois soldiers who've given their lives in service to the country since Sept. 11, 2001, 323 American flags that made up the "Field of Honor" at Arlington International Racecourse were packed away Tuesday until their next deployment.

Members of the True Patriots Care Foundation removed the flags, which were among 2,000 flags on display at Arlington over the Memorial Day weekend.

"We set up the flags on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, September 11th anniversaries, and on special occasions," said Jerry Christopherson of Elgin, president of the True Patriots Care foundation. "This is the first time that we set them up here."

According to their website, www.truepatriotscarefoundation.net, the organization is dedicated to recognizing and supporting those who have served their communities as first responders and members of the armed services. The foundation seeks to enrich the lives of these individuals and their families through honor and support.

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