Crews work to hang flags on Lakeland before 9/11 - - Jackson, MS

Crews work to hang flags on Lakeland before 9/11

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FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - It all started with one man holding a flag.

Now, there are over 100 flags flying high on Lakeland Drive in Flowood.

The idea was inspired by a man named Don Hartness.  He has spent the last two July 4th holidays holding a flag at Lakeland Drive and Crossgates.

"I've had people stop and ask me, 'What's your goal?'  I had to stop and think about it," said Hartness.  "I said, 'You know, we don't really have anything on Lakeland Drive as far as a flag... And I thought, wouldn't it be nice that we ride everyday and we see our nation's flag.'"

Officials held a ceremony Friday morning to dedicate the flags.  They stressed the importance of the symbol to the upcoming anniversary of 9/11/2001.

"When you see the flags on this pole, remember why they're there, who they represent, and who paid for it with their lives," said Kenny Phillips, financial representative at Woodmen of the World, a financial service company that donated the flags.

They will fly 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Crews are working to hang the last flag before September 11th.

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