Veterans Fly Flags Over Interstate Celebrating Independence

WOODSTOCK -- Two Valley veterans are reminding travelers to fly their colors proudly this Independence Day. A group has set up over Interstate 81 in Woodstock.

If you traveled south or north on I-81 in the Woodstock area on July 4, you probably saw these guys flying Old Glory over the interstate encouraging people to honk as they go by to show their patriotism. It's an act that for Art LaFlam is a very important thing on a day like the 4th.

"There's always a lot of support. A lot of support,” LaFlam shared.

"It's makes me feel good that there are so many Americans still out there. You know,” added another veteran on the bridge, Dennis Kitner.

Kitner and LaFlam are both veterans from Vietnam. They're on another mission this Independence Day; they're making sure people remember our flag and our freedom.

"It's not only today (July 4), it's every day. At least on the patriotic holidays, we try to get out and show the flag as much as we can because it just isn't being flown anymore,” shared LaFlam.

Through rain and shine, year after year, these guys and others will stand here waving to cars alongside their waving flags. Some have been here since before the sun came up, and they say they plan on staying here until the fireworks go off.

"We have fun doing this. I enjoy this," added Kitner.

This isn't the only day that LaFlam says he's out here over the interstate flying the flag. He says he's actually out here 17 days of the year doing this to remind everybody to be patriotic.


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