Vietnam vet showing Independence Day spirit in his yardBismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fourth of July holiday has been filled with fireworks, families, and American flags. As the holiday weekend winds down, one man gets ready to take down his contribution to Independence Day. An explosion of color on his front lawn.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fourth of July holiday has been filled with fireworks, families, and American flags. As the holiday weekend winds down, one man gets ready to take down his contribution to Independence Day. An explosion of color on his front lawn.
Daniel Dacar, Vietnam Vet: "We can't shoot fireworks in town so, this is my way of celebrating."
For the past four years, Daniel Dacar has celebrated military holidays like the Fourth of July by adorning his lawn.
Dacar: "It's pretty simple, but it does take time."
Two-hundred thirty-three flags get put up a few days before the holiday and fly high until a few days after.
Dacar: "I have all the branches of the military, North Dakota, United Nations, then on the far end is all the states."
Plus many, many more. He has hand-made some of these flags to properly show the original 13 colonies.
Dacar: "When I first started I thought, well I'm going to try it, and if it don't look right, I'm not going to do it because I'm not going to disgrace the flag. It turned out pretty good."
Judging by reactions from people who pass by, he has done the opposite.
Dacar: "A lot of people that see it for the first time, you know they're impressed with it. It's pretty nice."
His impressive tribute hits close to home. He is a Vietnam Vet who served overseas on three tours with the army.
Dacar: "Some people are just more proud of it than others, some are proud of it but don't express it. This was just my way."
As a victim of Agent Orange, he has health problems still affecting him today. He says it gets harder to put up his flag display every time but as long as he is able, he will continue to give back to his country.
Dacar: "As long as I have someone to hand me the flags, I can put them up in short order. It's nice, I enjoy it."
He will take the flags down today and says they will probably go up again around Veteran's Day in November.