10,000 Flags Planted to Honor US Nation’s Heroes


Mary Alice Horrigan lost her son who has worked and died as Army Master. She is mother Sgt. Robert M.Horrigan. He was killed in Iraq by hostile fire. He passed away while serving in the Army at 40 years. He was planning to return to his native and has already applied for retirement. In the United States, about 10,000 flags were planted in the memory of nation’s heroes. Each flat represent one hundred heroes who have died while at work and in action. More than one million heroes have died since emerging of the United States.

Robert died for the mission he volunteered. When he stepped inside the mission, his team told encouraged him to step back. They did not want him to go. But Robert has told that he is the leader and he should take part in the mission. Mary was waiting for his son to return. Delta Force commando usually returns once the mission is over. It has happened several times. She has sent him on several missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was disappointed the last time since he did not turn back. Robert was given the Bronze Star Medal with the Purple Heart and the Valor Device. He was awarded Legion of Merit Medal.

The sacrifice of Master Sgt. Robert M.Horrigan is inspiring. It has inspired to establish Operation Honor Our Heroes which is a nonprofit Austin-based organization. It has been managed and run by a small team of volunteers. They planted flags in the capital nation to remark the Memorial Day weekend. Recently fallen soldiers were marked with photos. Mary told that she did not want to see just the flag. She and other team members wanted to see the faces behind the flag. They wanted to know who have passed in the war. Nancy Glass established this organization.

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