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Volunteers needed for flag placing

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Volunteers are needed to help place flags along the funeral procession of Corporal Robert Archer.

The remains of Cpl. Archer were brought back to Brazil Tuesday. In 1951, The Brazil Times reported Cpl. Archer had died of malnutrition while a prisoner of war during the Korean War, but his body was never discovered.

It was initially reported in 1950 that Cpl. Archer, an infantryman, was missing in action during the war.

However, it was later learned he had been taken prisoner by Chinese military in North Korea.

Family members of Cpl. Archer were notified earlier this year that his remains had been identified and were being brought home.

The remains were flown from Honolulu to Atlanta before being brought to Indianapolis.

On Tuesday, officials with French Funeral Home drove to Indianapolis to retrieve the body, with an escort provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil Police Department and American Legion Riders.

Officials with the Brazil Fire Department also hoisted the city's garrison flag across National Avenue and Harrison Street in honor of Cpl. Archer's return.

French Funeral Home representative Nick French recently told The Brazil Times Larry Eckhardt, also known as "The Flag Man," will be in Brazil Friday to place flags along the funeral route.

A meeting has been scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home before volunteers begin setting up the flags.

It was recently reported that Cub Scout pack 45 has volunteered to help set up flags, but officials stated more volunteers would be needed.

Eckhardt made an appearance in Brazil June 2012 to help place flags along the funeral procession route for Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville, who died May 21, in Afghanistan.

Services for Cpl. Archer will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Chuck McMichael officiating.

Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery with full military honors provided by the United States Army.

On Tuesday, members of the Legion Riders told The Times they would also provide an escort during the funeral procession Saturday.

Visitation will take place Friday, Feb. 8, from noon-8 p.m., at the funeral home. The community is invited to the visitation.

On Wednesday, officials with National Printing Converters informed The Times the business was making posters in honor of Cpl. Archer. The posters should be available to the public by Thursday.

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