The Fourth of July is a time when people may feel more patriotic as they reflect on the story of how America fought for its freedom from Great Britain.
A few Andover residents are showing their patriotic spirit throughout the year by displaying U.S. flags on all four corners of the intersection of 153rd Lane and Martin Street on their respective lawns.
“It stands for liberty and freedom and I’m proud of it,” said Barb Rider, whose husband Bob served in the Navy in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Barb’s brother Erling Anderson was killed in Vietnam in 1967. She wants to thank the veterans who have helped keep America free.
When Ben and Abbey Harty moved to the northeast corner, the south side of this intersection already had flagpoles up although Josh and Kari Canniff had no flag or halyard because the old flag was tattered and they gave it to a local VFW for proper disposal.
Ben always wanted a flagpole with the U.S. flag on his property, but he never had enough space until he moved to a new Andover home with a bigger yard. He took some old rock that was near his home and placed a rock bed around his flag pole. Ben served in the U.S. Army from 1999 through 2004 and was stationed in Germany a couple of years. He went into Iraq for five months in 2003 and 2004 with the 101st Airborne Division.
Dan Sargent, owner of Countryside Flagpole in Hutchinson, helped Ben with this project and noticed the missing flag on Josh’s property. He left a business card and soon was back to add the halyard and U.S. flag.
Sargent said this was the first time he ever saw three flags at one corner. He has seen two before, but never any more. He has been in business since 1994.
Anita and John Karnatz on the northwest corner were the fourth to put their U.S. flag up. Anita said they actually had the flag in the garage for seven or eight years, but never got around to putting it up.
Anita’s father Conrad Lee Sr. and her brother Conrad Lee Jr. both served in the military. Her father was in the Navy and her brother was in the Army.
“All of us are proud to live in America and have the ability to do something like this,” Anita said.
When he heard that all four corners are displaying the U.S. flag, Sargent said, “That’s a wonderful show of patriotism.”
Sargent’s father was in the Air Force and they moved from base to base when he was growing up.
Eric Hagen is at firstname.lastname@example.org