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Flags for Forgotten Soldiers

For years, Howard Berry has been an outspoken advocate for veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues. Back in February 2013, his son U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Berry, took his own life after battling post-traumatic stress disorder. Today Berry, along with local volunteers and the Mayor of Crescent Springs, Kentucky, Lou Hartfiel, will be placing 660 flags at the Crescent Springs Community Park, alongside Buttermilk Pike. Each flag symbolizes a veteran who committed suicide over the past month in correlation to the estimate that 22 veterans take their lives each day. The flags will stay up for at least one month. Berry’s mission is to gather enough flags so that these forgotten soldiers can be honored and remembered in each of the fifty states. Berry has a Go-fund-me page under “Flags for Forgotten Soldiers” if you would like to contribute to his efforts. More information about today’s event can be obtained by contacting Mayor Lou Hartfiel at (859) 816-1516 or email