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Giant flag honors America

July 4, 2011

The Morning News — Leslie Mielke Ford and Carol Call of Firth regularly unfurl their giant flag.

FIRTH – Ford and Carol Call have been flying a flag at their home for 12 to 13 years.
“I’ve always liked a flag,” Call said. “I served in the Philippines and as part of the occupation forces in Japan during and after World War II.”
Call served in the U. S. Army.
“In later years, I decided to put up a flag and a flag pole,” he said.
The pole is surplus from Utah Power and Light. To make it taller, Call welded some scrap pipe on the top. The pole stands 47-feet tall.
A solar light sits atop the flag pole. Call put a bearing inside the pole at the top so it turns whichever way the wind blows.
“It got to be impressive,” Call said. “We get lots of comments.
“It takes two flags a year,” he said. He purchases two flags at a time because their grown children, Randy and Chris Thomas, like to fly a flag. They live in Riverside.
The flags are purchased from either the U.S. Flag Store or online at United_States_Flag.com.
“All the flags are made by the Valley Forge Flag Co. in New Stanton, Pa.,” Call said. “They are all made in the U.S.A.
“I don’t like the flag to be torn up, so that’s why we try to repair them,” he said.
“A strong wind really tears it up really bad,” said Call. “I try to take it down when it’s really windy.”
When repairing the flag, the Calls push back their furniture and stretch it across their living room.
“It’s takes the whole room,” said Call’s wife, Carol.
Call has flown larger flags as they were available. His first flags measured 8 by 10 feet, and then 10 by 15 before the present 10 by 19 foot flag.
Call and his wife have been married 38 years. It is a second marriage for both of them. Both of their spouses had died.
Carol has three daughters and one foster daughter. Ford has two boys and three girls. They share 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Call, age 91, was a dairyman most of his life. For the past five years, he has leased his land. It was planted in alfalfa and, for this year, wheat.

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