Vet's flag collection grows to nearly 250

Proudly they wave

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It started about 20 years ago with a standard 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag.

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Don Brown, a Vietnam veteran, displays his collection four times a year for patriotic holidays. The smaller flags represent each year of America's independence.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Don Brown, a Vietnam veteran, displays his collection four times a year for patriotic holidays. The smaller flags represent each year of America's independence.

The collection steadily grew, and today Don Brown and Barbara Daniel proudly display nearly 250 flags in front of their home on Westmont Drive in Martinez for all four of the country's patriotic holidays -- Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

Brown is a Vietnam veteran, and he spends about three hours before each holiday carefully setting up his unique tribute to his country.

He said Daniel, his "soulmate," has always supported him, and she gladly helped him continue the American theme inside their home.

"We've just always been patriotic," said Daniel, whose collection of American Santa figurines sits prominently on a shelf just inside the front door. "Just everything's red, white and blue."

Nearly all of the flags have a special significance, including one that lists every unit in the Vietnam War, and the South Carolina and Georgia flags that have flown over their respective state capitol buildings. One of the American flags has been in several local parades, and there is a Delaware state flag that flew in Vietnam for two years before it was sent to Brown by the Delaware State News after he wrote a letter to the governor.

Even the 235 little 3-inch-by-5-inch flags that overflow into the neighbor's yard serve a symbolic purpose. Each year for Independence Day, Brown adds one more as the nation he loves gets another year older.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/04/11 - 05:01 am
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Good thing they don't live in

Good thing they don't live in Knob Hill, displays like that are not allowed by the HOA agreement I bet.

Brad

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Dixieman 07/04/11 - 06:21 am
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AC getting better....a

AC getting better....a POSITIVE story about a Vietnam veteran! Thanks! And Happy Fourth of July to everyone in the CSRA.

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0000000000 07/04/11 - 10:14 am
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Can we enjoy one positive

Can we enjoy one positive article without negative comments Brad??

I look forward to driving over to find Mr Browns home to enjoy with my son. Thank you Mr Brown for your service!!

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Brad Owens 07/04/11 - 04:21 pm
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Was my post negative?

Was my post negative?

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Patty-P 07/04/11 - 04:27 pm
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No, it wasn't Brad.

No, it wasn't Brad.

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TK3 07/04/11 - 05:16 pm
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One begins to think the flag

One begins to think the flag is about all we have left that is truly ours but then one looks at the tag on the flag and realize Red China has just drained us blue on this too. Wake up folks, Big government and Big Business has sold us all out. Sorry if that sounds too depressive for some but you should remember that the 4th is all about our founders (and only about 10% of adults in beginning) being fed up and a bloody Rebelling against Big Government!

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GGpap 07/04/11 - 09:01 pm
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Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service and continuing patriotism, Mr. Brown.

Here's a fact for the rest of you, a fact that some may not believe......

About 2 months ago I purchased an American flag at Wal-Mart; and, it was one that had been MADE IN AMERICA! The times...they may be a'changing!

GGpap

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tbrown17 07/04/11 - 10:18 pm
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Thanks also, for your service

Thanks also, for your service and continuing patriotism Mr Brown.

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