Online Staff Report
The man the Rockford Area knew for many years as the face of B. Sanfield Inc., Lee Hartsfield, raised more than $4,000 to keep his Memorial Day American flag giveaway going.
The 87-year-old World War II veteran says he intends to keep the program going as long as he lives. Since he started giving away flags in 1984, Hartsfield, 87, raises about $3,000 per year. The flags are distributed every Memorial Day at the Field of Honor in Loves Park. They are used to decorate veterans’ graves.
This year, Hartsfield distributed more than 3,000 flags. His goal is to raise $25,000 to keep the program going after he has passed. He already has a private donor who will match that amount when he reaches the goal.
Hartsfield said: “I plan to continue solicitation of funds, ordering of flags, displaying at the Field of Honor. I have made arrangements to continue the effort beyond the time when I can no longer do so.”
To donate to Hartsfield’s cause, call (815) 985-3111.