On 9-11-2001, the world as all Americans knew it changed. That is the day 2,996 lost their lives and countless others were irreparably scarred. That day can also be regarded as the day we declared War on Terror. Brave men and women from every branch of the U.S. Military risked their lives to ensure our safety here at home. Sadly, close to  7,000 of them made the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure such an attack never took place on American soil again. On 9-11-2016, America’s Heartland Remembers will pay tribute to the fallen by filling Art Hill — the iconic St. Louis destination in Forest Park — with nearly 7,000 American flags. Each flag will not only represent one U.S casualty but will also symbolize respect for those who have served and are currently serving our country. Visitors will be able to walk through the massive display and interact with each flag. Each and every flag will bear the name and photo of a US Service Member who bravely served their country, but never came home to their loved ones. The flags will be placed in chronological order and will allow loved ones and visitors to easily find and honor each hero.

Our Mission:

Pay honor and tribute to those US Military Service Men and Women that died in theater in the war on Terror since 11 September 2001 in Operations:

  • Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  •  New Dawn (OND)
  •  Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  •  Inherent Resolve (OIR)
  • Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS)   

We will honor these American Heroes by flying a 3 foot by 5 foot American flag on a 10 foot pole for each of these Heroes with their name, information and a picture on each pole.

While honoring these brave Men and Women we will also remember and pay tribute to all those US Military Service Men and Women who have died in Wars since the dawn of our nation to keep us all safe and free at home. A single flag will fly for each of these wars honoring those who did not return.

Understanding that horrors of war continue to take a terrible toll on the warriors when they return home a single flag will fly in the center of Art Hill that pays tribute to all those who have died as a result of PTSD back here on home soil.

The “Flags of Valor” will take place on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks on our Country. Along with the nearly 7,000 flags honoring our fallen heroes, we will also fly a single flag on the top of Art Hill with the names of all 2,996 victims on it in remembrance of those lost on 9/11.