Job Lot to replace 7,000 American flags used in RI display

Eighth graders at Park View Middle School helped set up the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial at Roger Williams Park in Providence. (WJAR)

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island said Tuesday that Ocean State Job Lot has offered to replace 7,000 American flags that were destroyed in last week's nor'easter.

About $4,000 worth of flags were stored in boxes in a garage, but a water leak ruined them.

The organization uses the flags to honor service members killed in active combat by placing them in the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial display at Roger Williams Park during Memorial Day weekend.

"Family members or friends who know somebody that was killed in action, you can go visit them Memorial Day weekend at our display and it would just be such a shame if we couldn't have the display because we don't have 7,000 flags," said Dee Rothermel of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island.

The group initially put out the call for help from the public, but a spokeswoman later said Job Lot stepped forward to replace the flags.

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