SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - The U.S. Honor Flag has arrived in Wisconsin to honor fallen Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr.
The Honor Flag is brought to funerals to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting the lives of others. Army veteran Chris Heisler took the flag to Ground Zero after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and has used the flag to pay tribute to others ever since.
"The flag has traveled over 7 million miles. It was on the last space shuttle mission in 2011, space shuttle Atlantis and has honored thousands of heroes as it will do so tomorrow for Cory," said Cynthia Heisler, who travels with the flag.
The Honor Network dispatched the U.S. Honor Flag to Wisconsin after Tuesday’s fatal explosion. The flag was flown from South Florida and arrived in Milwaukee Friday morning.
"The flag represents the sacrifice that these heroes make every single day when they leave their homes without hesitation to protect others, to save others' lives," said Heisler. "And to make sure these heroes are never forgotten."
The flag will remain folded and be on display at the head side Barr’s casket during the visitation and funeral.
Every time the flag is touched the Honor Network uses a new pair of white gloves. After the service on Saturday the flag will leave to honor other heroes and the pair of gloves will be gifted to Barr's family.
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