Abby Wambach holds up US flag after United States defeated Japan in FIFA World Cup./ photo by AP

WCCO announced Friday the start of a tour that will pay tribute to Minnesota military members, veterans and their families.

The CBS affiliate's "More Than Names" Flag, which measures 102'x76' with 323 stitched together panels,  will travel aross the part of the state, picking up signatures along the way in an attempt to break a world record for most people to lend their names to a flag.

"We consistently report on the accomplishments and sacrifices of military members and their families as well as veterans," said news director Mike Caputa. "The station wanted to create a project that would allow our viewers to show a sign of appreciation."

In the spirit of good will, WCCO's Jason DeRusha needs to vow that he will not take up too much space with a  John Hancock-sized autograph.

To make a donation to the Minnesotan's Military Appreciation Fund or to sign digitally, visit

Signing opportunities will take on the following days at these places:

July 31: Bay Point Park, Red Wing

Aug. 1: Blakeslee Stadium, Mankato (Vikings Training Camp)

Aug. 11: Target Field, Minneapolis (Twins vs.Rangers)

Aug. 14: Target Field, Minneapolis (Twins vs. Indians)

Aug. 18, Mississippi RIver, Minneapolis (Twin Cities River Rats Show)

Aug. 22: Leech Lake, Walker (Leech Lake Ride for Vets)

Aug. 22: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis (Vikings vs. Raiders pre-season game)

Aug. 27-Sept. 27: Minnesota State Fair, Falcon Heights (WCCO booth)