Flag Day celebrated on Breeze St.
June 14, 2006
The American flags were flapping in the wind down the length of Breeze Street on Wednesday. It was as much a tribute to Flag Day as it was a normal day on a patriotic street.
At the corner of Breeze and Sixth streets, the flag waves at the Farmers Insurance building. Farmers owner E.J. Bunk is a Marine who served in Vietnam.
“I think it’s patriotic,” Bunk said about Flag Day. “When I see the flags flying, I feel good.”
Bunk and Navy veteran Norm Fedde said they think if people were not flying the flag Wednesday, they should have been. The two men said veterans take Flag Day more seriously than other people.
“We enjoy knowing there are fellow patriots out there,” Bunk said. “I’ve got mine out at home, too. It’s Flag Day. You’ve got to do this.”
Just around the corner at 619 Breeze St., Mark Leer is flying Old Glory, as he has every day since the Sept. 11 attacks.
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“I think people care about America,” Leer said. “They want to show that by displaying the flag.”
Across the street at Jewel assisted living home, Howard and Sharon Salman have added to the big flag that flies out front every day and under the lights every night.
They have smaller flags and red, white, and blue bunting around the front porch.
“The small flags go up on Memorial Day and stay there until the Fourth of July,” Howard Salman said. “Everywhere I’ve lived, people always put the flags out.”
Sharon Salman said they are patriotic people. Her daughter has a nephew that was wounded in Iraq last week.
Seniors in the home are very patriotic, she said.
Barbara Jones is the city letter-carrier on Breeze Street for the postal service. She enjoys seeing the flags displayed on her route.
“Normally, you do see flags around the residential neighborhoods,” Jones said. “And most of these people are at work today.”