|U.S. Flags flying along Jordan River Parkway prior to Youth Parade|
Flags provided by Verda Mae Christensen!
I went home and a few days later got, talking to my mother, Verda Mae Christensen about the dilemma and while I should have known, she came home later that day and presented me with about 35 flags she had found at NPS Market Square. She loved that place and was always looking for a bargain. I attached them to PVC poles and low and behold we had our first set, which provided us a source to get from the Library to the Lions Bowery. Also that first year, a tradition that would last for decades, Peter Lassig started assisting me in putting up the flags that morning, something that would continue for many years to follow.
Then in 2008, Peter and I both happened to be gone over the 4th of July Holiday for family outings. I had tried to ask the ward in charge of the kids parade if they wanted access to the flags, but couldn't get a response. I had wondered if maybe I had made the wrong assumption all those years that people wanted or needed them, but just before leaving, I showed my neighbor and Bishop, Paul Fullmer how to get into my garage and where I stored them in case someone needed them and then went on a my trip. A day or so before the 4th, I had a message on my phone from a member of the Stake Presidency asking where they could find my flags. I instructed them that Paul knew the location and where I hid the key and that they were welcome to use them. Every year after, that assignment to place those flags has come and in the last few years, an assignment to help me has also been given. The only minor sadness for me, is that Peter's health has been such, that for the last couple of years, he hasn't been able to help. He was my true friend in it all.
|Backman Elementary, September 11, 2002|
It had been a hard experience for all of us, including myself. I was traveling when the attack happened and had been scheduled to come home that day. It took me four days later to finally get a flight, but at least I was coming home. I still tear up thinking about it, and am grateful for the many who have fought, some of whom have given their all, to keep us free and safe. I remember family friends who lost their lives that day and the innocence of life, that never returned, leaving my children a different experience than what I knew to expect. My flags were even used the Sunday following September 11, 2001 when the Rose Park Stake Center was lined with flags and more were needed to remember that tragic event.
|Flags were placed along 600 N during|
the Olympics - sponsored by residents
|My friend Ray Morgan came the morning of the February 8, 2002 to|
watch the Torch Run along 600 North
For my neighbors who live near by, my home is included in the flag arena, we have a Flag that flies 24 hours a day on a lighted pole and I've been known to fly flags in my yards for subsequent holidays, like Pioneer Day (with flags that represent our heritage or where we served LDS missions) or I still love the Olymnpics, so I usually do something during games that have followed ours. Needless to say, I love flags, and they represent some of the more emotional parts of my life and are grateful for those memories. I've been flying flags for a long time!