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Mt. Carmel community joining forces with non-profit to honor service members

Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 5:26 PM CDT
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MT. CARMEL, Ill. (WFIE) - People passing through Mount Carmel are going to notice the recent work of a non-profit organization, whose mission is to recognize service members.

“If it’s a killed in action, I promise you I’ll go more than 400 miles,” Jeff Hastings, the CEO with Flagman’s Mission Continues said. “Whatever it takes to make it happen.”

The Flagman’s Mission Continues is a non-profit organization that traveled to Wabash County on Sunday to honor Samuel Shehorn, who served his country for 23 years.

“We can organize a community, and bring a community together and give them the tools and equipment to pay honor to a fallen hero from their community,” Hastings said.

About 500 flags were brought to the city and planted in the ground in memory of Shehorn. His loved ones say it was a memorable day for the family.

“I thought it would be me and a few family members and maybe some of his co-workers - I did not expect this,” Rodney Shehorn, Samuel’s brother said. “There’s a lot of negativity in our country right now - it’s still a great place to be.”

When it comes to honoring fallen veterans, the Flagman’s Mission Continues covers a 400-mile radius, but its mission is much more than just providing flags to a community.

“We provide the community a way to pay honor to a fallen hero from their community, and to show their respect and show their support,” Hastings said. “And we hope when we’re gone, and the flags are gone and everything calms down, we just hope it brings closure to the family, and the family will always remember the flags. And I promise you, the community that came out here today, and every day that we do this and set up flags, it’ll be a memory they’ll tell their kids, grandkids for the rest of their lives.”

One of the non-profit’s goals is to provide closure and support to the ones left behind.

“Just everyone that came out - Mount Carmel, his co-workers, those that just showed up and I don’t know why, we love that you’re here,” Rodney said. “And it just shows everyone what a great country we live in.”

Click here to learn more information about the Flagman’s Mission Continues and its mission.

Shehorn’s visitation will be held at Keepes Funeral Home in Mount Carmel on Monday from 1-4 p.m.

The Flagman’s Mission Continues is asking the community to show their support outside the funeral home at 4 p.m.

Once the service is over, the non-profit is asking for any volunteers to help take down the flags as well.

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