New flag raised at Kennedy’s Fresh Foods to honor those who serve, and have served

It was a fitting event for Flag Day.

On Tuesday, June 14, Kennedy’s Fresh Foods raised a 6-foot by 10-foot American flag 40 feet in the air.

Kathy and Mike Kennedy chose Richard Wyman (PICTURED) to raise the flag for the first time. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Kathy and Mike Kennedy chose Richard Wyman (PICTURED) to raise the flag for the first time. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ
Record Editor

It was a fitting event for Flag Day.

On Tuesday, June 14, Kennedy’s Fresh Foods raised a 6-foot by 10-foot American flag 40 feet in the air.

Mike Kennedy, owner of Kennedy’s Fresh foods, is a flag enthusiast. And for his birthday his family thought it would a good idea to buy him a nice, new, large flag for the store. Kennedy told The Record that he always had a flag in front of every store he managed.

(LEFT to RIGHT): Kathy Kennedy, Richard Wyman, and Mike Kennedy stand outside of Kennedy’s Fresh Foods by the new flag. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
(LEFT to RIGHT): Kathy Kennedy, Richard Wyman, and Mike Kennedy stand outside of Kennedy’s Fresh Foods by the new flag. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

The flag was purchased on the internet by Kyle Kennedy. Through the same company they were able to purchase the flag pole that will sit on the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue in Hettinger, at Kennedy’s Fresh Foods.

The flag pole in total is 45 feet long, with five feet being submerged in concrete, with the remaining 40 feet holding up the canvas flag. The flag pole had been in place since Wednesday, June 8. Mike Marion completed the concrete work.

An LED light fixture was fastened to the roof of the grocery store, so that a beam of light will hit the stars and stripes at night as the Kennedy family plan to fly the flag at all times.

“We just want to honor and show our pride in America,” Kathy Kennedy said.

Mike Kennedy said that with this flag they want to honor those in the armed forces, veterans, police force, first responders, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians.

They also support the group The Beauty of Hettinger, and thought that the flag would be a nice visual for the city.

The timing of the inaugural flag-raising conveniently landed on Flag Day, something Mike and Kathy said was a happy coincidence. They had wanted to hold off until the 4th of July, but the two couldn’t wait that long to fly it.

They chose local resident and Hettinger Mayor Richard Wyman, who is also a Vietnam veteran, to pull the rope and raise the flag for the first time.

“Richard is a good guy…he’s a good choice,” Kathy Kennedy said.

When asked what his initial reaction was when he was invited to be a part of the ceremony, he said his heart started thumping hard.

“Boy the heart just went,” Wyman said. “It’s an honor.”

Wyman thanked Mike and Kathy for their patriotism, and appreciated how it will add to Hettinger’s Main Street.

He also said that it was a great feeling to pull the rope for the first time.

“Terrific,” Wyman said.

From now on, it will wave in the wind and honor the United States of America, and all those who have lived, served and died for this country.







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