All photography provided by John Kinville
In 2009, Flags 4 the Fallen was founded by Chippewa Falls Senior High School teacher John Ervin Kinville. Inspired by his grandfather who served in World War II, Flags 4 the Fallen is an organization that seeks to connect today's students with the historical sacrifices that their fellow community members made while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Alongside fellow teacher Amanda Hill-Hable, Flags 4 the Fallen has grown into an annual tradition of students honoring sacrifice.
Flags 4 the Fallen is an educational student organization dedicated to identifying, researching, and honoring our community's fallen military heroes.
ORIGINS OF OUR ORGANIZATION'S NAME
"FLAGS" - The American flag is the ultimate symbol of our nation's freedom and is the most important physical object that our student organization student uses to honor the fallen.
"4" - The number four represents the number of branches that comprise the United States Armed Forces during a time of active war: Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, and Air Force.
"the Fallen" - "The fallen" is a sobering acknowledgement of the millions of American men and women who perished while protecting and preserving our nation's freedoms.
What FLAGS 4 THE FALLEN HAS Achieved
Identified the names of the fallen soldiers from our community of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Researched the lives and events surrounding each fallen soldier
Connected with several surviving relatives of our school's fallen soldiers
Honored the sacrifice of our community's fallen by visiting the important sites associated with their service and sacrifice