‘Flag Man’ Larry Eckhardt presented with trailer

Larry Eckhardt; Shelley Anderson, Signs & Shines; Dawn Hadden, founder of Veterans United of Southwest Iowa; Josh Shatava, H&H Trailers; Loren Johnson, River Market 190; Ed Espinosa, H&H Trailers and Wendy Probst, H&H Trailers in front of Eckhardt's new trailer.

The Essex community gathered as ‘Flag Man’ Larry Eckhardt, from Illinois, was presented with a new trailer to carry his flags Friday, Nov. 8.

Eckhardt had provided flags for the Loops for our Troops fundraiser in Essex on several occasions and travels to 14 different states to honor fallen soldiers and first responders by providing flags during funeral processions.

Dawn Hadden, founder of Veterans United of Southwest Iowa, organized fundraisers and with the generosity of the community was able to raise enough money to purchase the new trailer.

In July, Eckhardt was involved in an accident that did significant damage to his van and totaled the trailer. Enough money was raised through a Go Fund Me Account to repair the van but not to replace the trailer.

Hadden said she contacted H&H Trailer Manufacturing Company in Clarinda.

“They offered quite the deal for a new beautiful trailer for Larry,” said Hadden.

Hadden recognizes the community for helping put Eckhardt back on the road to pay tribute to our Fallen Heroes and Fallen First Responders.

“Our local community came together once again to make an amazing impact for Larry,” said Hadden.

Shelley Anderson, owner of Signs and Shines in Shenandoah, personalized the trailer with graphics.

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