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Tremont community raises flag for fallen hero

TREMONT (Heart of Illinois ABC) – 40 volunteers hoisted around 400 flags Sunday in memory of Alan Sanders.

Sanders was a United States Army veteran who also served the Tremont Fire Department for 50 years.

The ceremony was led by “The Flagsman’s Mission Continues”, an organization that honors the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform.

“The community said, ‘We have to do something for Alan, what are we doing? Jeffrey Hastings, president of The Flagsman’s Mission Continues, said.

Then they remembered the flagman from us doing ‘Soldiers Killed in Action’ from that community not long ago in 2018 and they said, ‘Someone find a way to put their hand on the flag guys, and let’s put flags, ”Hastings added.

Sanders’ friend Rick Otey said Sanders was known for his involvement in the Tremont community. He has volunteered at local events like the popular Tremont Turkey Festival and has even helped raise flags for other veterans in the past.

“It wasn’t all about himself,” Otey said.

“So he was there to help people. A good man, a beautiful family, ”he said.

Sanders died on December 12.

Otey said his memory will live on forever.

“He’s just a versatile guy and has touched the community a lot,” Otey said.

“It is only appropriate that he is honored in this way,” he added.

Sanders’ funeral will be on December 28 at 11 a.m. at the Tremont United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the congregation.

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