Father raises awareness of veteran suicide after death of his son
FOX 19 News
Tuesday, May 30th
FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19)
Hundreds of American flags have been placed across the Tri-State in the past few months.
On Memorial Day, more than 600 flags waved at Tower Park.
But there's an important message behind the patriotic displays.
"Families, the empty chairs at tables," said Howard Berry. "The grieving process and the questions, the unanswered questions."
Howard Berry started the Flags for Forgotten Soldiers campaign after the death of his son, US Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Berry.
Joshua had just returned to the US from a tour in Afghanistan in 2009 when shots were fired at him during the attack at Fort Hood, Texas. He was then diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
"He was treated here at this Cincinnati VA and committed suicide in February 2013," said Howard.
Since then, Howard has been on a mission, erecting groups of flags wherever they will let him.
660 star spangled banners, to be exact.
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