Like so many others that have served, and like those who consider themselves patriotic, I became embarrassed and disappointed with the media’s glamorization of the peoples “right” to burn our flag, or to stomp our flag in some form of protest. I fully understand and respect people’s rights, but I also understand and respect those who fought and died to guarantee those rights. I knew I had to find a way to provide a balance to the issue, and on February 1st of 2017 I implemented Flags for Vets as a way to show my respect for our veterans.
The idea – purchase and raise our national flag on a lighted flagpole at the veteran’s house. Initially my plan was to “sponsor” a few veterans I knew in my community, so I purchased the materials out-of-pocket, set the flagpoles, and presented the flags. However, the word spread quickly, and I began receiving texts, phone calls and messages from others who knew of a veteran and wanted to sponsor them.
Your gift will support Flags for Vets simple concept of honoring those who served with the gift of our Nation’s flag. It’s appropriate to honor them this way because they served, fought, bled and died for this symbol. We have touched more than 430 veterans lives with this gesture and the ripple effect to that is immeasurable. Neighborhoods are decorated with the red, white, and blue. Veterans are being recognized for their service with each and every flagpole we erect. We believe, in addition to honoring them, it raises the level of patriotism and paying it forward.