7th grader replaces nearly 50 worn out flags around the QCA

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - At just 12-years-old Liam Willcox is already honoring our country and area veterans. Throughout the last two months Willcox has replaced nearly 50 worn out flags around the Quad Cities. The 7th grader said the idea for his "Flag Restoration Project" began back in August after a veteran spoke at his school's assembly.

"A veteran came and explained to us the rules and how flags should be treated," Willcox said. "It didn't really mean anything to me at first but then after a while I started seeing more and more flags starting to deteriorate and they were ripping."

Since August, Willcox has replaced nearly 50 flags around the Quad Cities. He's received several flag donations and assistance from the VFW. Ahead of Veterans Day, Willcox said it's important to honor those who have served and what the flag represents.

"They deserve the respect, that nice, new, clean, great condition flag and I feel like if they are torn they are not at the best of what veterans are supposed to represent."

If you'd like to learn more or donate to Liam's Flag Restoration Project you can visit his project's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/flagrestorationproject/