Larry Eckhardt attended the funeral of a soldier a handful of years ago.
While he saw several flags flowing through the air in honor of the soldier, he believed there weren't enough.
Since then, Eckhardt made it his mission to help communities display their pride for fallen soldiers.
And "The Flag Man" was born.
On Sunday, several Clay County volunteers showed up at Northview High School to help line State Road 340, National Avenue and Washington Street with flags in honor of Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville, who died May 21, in Afghanistan.
Spc. Fields' funeral is set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the Brazil Nazarene Church. The flags will line the road to Clearview Cemetery, where Spc. Fields will be laid to rest.
Eckhardt told The Brazil Times Sunday honoring Spc. Fields was the 88th time he has helped a community with flags.
"This is everything," Eckhardt said. "We have so many rights these people are defending that we take for granted."
The volunteers placed a total of 2,280 flags along the route. The flags were set approximately 9-feet apart.
They were also placed all throughout Clearview Cemetery.
While Eckhardt said he had learned about Spc. Fields dying through Facebook, he also received a call from Moore Funeral Home owner Vanita Moore, who asked if he would come to Brazil to help honor Spc. Fields.
Moore said she saw a television program regarding the Little York, Ill., native.
"It just hit me," Moore said. "I thought, 'We've got to get him.'"
On Sunday, Eckhardt introduced himself to all the volunteers who showed up to help place the flags.
Following introductions, flags were placed in trucks and taken to specific areas along the route.
Nine-inch holes were punched in the ground where the flags would be placed.
"You guys are my heroes," Eckhardt told all the volunteers.
Kim Stultz, mother of Marine Cpl. Greg Stultz -- who died two years ago in Afghanistan -- was one of the many volunteers who offered help Sunday to honor Spc. Fields.
"To see things from the other perspective and to see so much support amazes me," Kim said. "It just goes to show you how the community is behind you. I think this is wonderful."
She added one of Cpl. Stultz' friends was also honored with the flag lining.
"You will remember this forever," she said. "It feels so good to be able to give something back."
Brazil resident Pat Herrick also believed volunteering to help place the flags was the right thing to do.