Before Larry Eckhardt, 'The Flag Man', showed up in Estherville Thursday afternoon, there were a lot of flags downtown and along Central Avenue and throughout the Estherville. After Eckhardt stopped here, there were another 2,000. And on Tuesday, there will be another 6,000.
Henry-Olson Funeral Home, the Estherville VFW Post, NorthStar Bank and Employees Credit Union are donating the flags for people to show their tribute to Staff Sgt. Steven Blass who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Monday, March 11. Services for Blass will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Estherville High School gymnasium.
Warming stations will be open to people who need a place to stay before the funeral entourage processes down Central Avenue at about 3 p.m. Tuesday toward Northlawn Cemetery in Spencer. Those locations include the Duhigg Center at Ninth and Central, the Estherville Public Library, Grandview Baptist Church at 3705 170th St. and Emmet County Farm Bureau at 421 First Ave. N.
Volunteers helped ‘Flag Man’ Larry Eckhardt raise flags along Central Avenue near Estherville Lincoln Central High School on Thursday.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
Craig Christensen at Henry-Olson Funeral Home said The Outlet in Estherville provided the flags at cost.