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Illinois man who honored first responders with American flags dies

Larry Eckhardt has placed nearly half a million flags around the U.S. to honor fallen service...
Larry Eckhardt has placed nearly half a million flags around the U.S. to honor fallen service members, police officers, and firefighters. Eckhardt has been battling throat cancer and it recently took a turn for the worst. (KWQC)(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 8:30 AM CDT
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A man who honored first responders by placing American flags on funeral routes has died.

Larry Eckhardt, also known as 'the Flagman' died Tuesday at the age of 63, according to a post on his caretaker's Facebook page. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 before suffering from vocal cord paralysis.

In 2006, Eckhardt, of Little York, Illinois, started placing flags along funeral routes to honor first responders. He received the same honor when he traveled back to Little York after spending a month in Iowa City for hospice care.

Early this morning Larry The Flagman left this life and is now at piece. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’” I'm sure that trip was covered in flags and...

Posted by Angela Dolores Soule on Tuesday, March 31, 2020