During the recent efforts to honor U.S. Army Sgt. Holli Bolinski, who was killed on March 5, 2019 while deployed to Kuwait, VFW Post 805 Commander Ed Martinez and others traveled to Pinckneyville, where Bolinski was from, to help install thousands of flags along the route her procession would take.
The flags came courtesy of Larry “The Flagman” Eckhardt who travels around the state honoring fallen soldiers. Eckhardt is known for transporting thousands of American flags and recruiting volunteers to help put up the flags so that the soldier’s last ride is as decorated as possible.
As a sign of VFW Post 805’s gratitude, Martinez presented Eckhardt with a statuette to honor him for his service.