Family Displays Giant Flag
Kennewick -- Patriotism is an everyday thing for many Americans, and in the Tri-Cities there is one family that displays it every day.
Just after 9-11, Lori Van Zuyen and her husband Jerry put up what is arguably the largest flag flying over the Tri-Cities. At 25 by 38 feet, it is much larger than the flag flying over the Blue Bridge. That one measures 15' by 25'. The Van Zuyens put up the Stars and Stripes just outside their home on a hill overlooking Kennewick on Clodfelter Road.
Lori said Thursday that displaying the flag has caused her to become even more patriotic than she was prior to raising it.
"I think of the men and women who lost people, who lost loved ones and I can't imagine losing someone close to them that they love. I think we should be proud of our flag, and of our country."
High winds on the hill force the Van Zuyens to replace the flag every six months. And it's no easy task. The pole is 95 feet tall. Jerry crafted it himself.
Best viewing: on I-82 near the Badger Road exit, or up on Clodfelter Road. And it flies twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.