Jul 4, 2013 3:45 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The 4th of July on Williamson Street looks as patriotic as so many others on this Independence Day. Flags hang from their mounts on houses to celebrate and recognize our nation's heritage. There's one flag, however, that stands out the most on this neighborhood.
"On my street I noticed, right now, most of my neighbors have flags up," Jerry Liedeker said. "Mine's just a little bigger, that's all," he said as he laughed.
Jerry Liedeker isn't talking about the huge flag hanging from a tree in front of his house but the massive one laying across his roof. He says he unfolds the 48 foot long and 23 foot tall American flag every year; it's his way to exhibit his stars and stripes, but, most of all, his patriotism.
"I mean, there's no question about it," Liedeker said, "That is my way of showing patriotism."
He said at the peak of the Vietnam War he went to Oklahoma City to join the military.
"I thought, 'Well that's my duty,' but I was denied admittance into the service because of two prior major operations on my leg," he recalled.
When Liedeker moved back home to run his antique store, someone stopped in to sell him the two flags. The business man said he just had to have them.
"He said he's owned them for years but had no way to put them anywhere. He didn't have a pole tall enough," Liedeker said.
The creative curator knew just what to do. Securing the ends of the 46 pound flag with cords, he draped the decoration over his home. He's been doing it on Independence Day for the past 11 years.
"It's a monster and I just like the idea. I think it's cool looking and I dig it," he said. "To me, It's everything. Without it we would not be free, independent people."