My Mom has been crochet
ing for as long as I can remember. It's how we stayed warm! She was always crocheting blankets, bedspreads, doiles
, pot holders, and the like.
In 2004, my Mom had a desire to do something to honor the military, both veterans and active duty. So she decided
to crochet a US flag. So, what about crocheting a flag gets enough attention to honor our
past and present soldiers? How about making it 24 feet by 13 feet! That's exactly what she did. She's
recently completed it, and thanks to my Dad and other members of the community, had it displayed it in their front yard using
a collapsable frame built by local engineer, Larry Bass.
The flag weighs about 43 pounds, has 726,005 stitches, has over 20 miles of yarn, and took about 254 hours to complete.
Initially the local rag, The Athens Review, declined a photo-op, stating, "Send us some pictures, maybe we'll publish
it." While the Tyler Morning Telegraph and KLTV News considered it newsworthy. The Tyler Morning Telegraph
published a great picture and nice write-up
. KLTV News did a great coverage piece
on their evening news. Even staffers from Congressman Jeb Hensarling
's office, Justin Lee
(regional representative) and Richard Sanders
(regional director) came by to visit as well as many people driving by just to get a look at the enormous work of art.
There are also plans to display it in our courthouse.
Today, my Dad along with the help of myself, my brother, neice, and
friends took down the flag and broke down the display. It was quite a bit of work and we are grateful for the help we
Hopefully there will be more opportunities to display this beautiful flag so that veterans and active duty military
personnel can be honored.