Although American flags will still be flying in Luverne, Minnesota for Memorial Day, some people are still uneasy about a compromise that began last year.
Following an initiative to rebrand the city, new banners were hung up on each lamp post on Main Street, signifying what makes this southwest Minnesota town unique, under the slogan of Luverne, Love the Life. Because of these banners, the city is unable to continue the tradition of displaying American Flags up and down Main Street on each lamp post.
For Steve Hamilton, the absence of flags lining Luverne's Main St. hits home for him after serving eight years in the Marine Corps.
"Because of what it stands for, I feel like it's being taken away from the veterans, you know as well as the people but as a veteran you feel closer connected to it because that's what you fought for, that's what you stand for," veteran Steve Hamilton said.
Although there will still be several intersections displaying American flags on Luverne's Main Street on Memorial Day, residents still miss the red white and blue that used to line the street on this holiday.
But, several local businesses are flying flags this weekend, which is encouraging to veterans.
"I was looking over there at the car lot and I see American flags on the cars over there, so there are some people that still represent, and I think it's a good thing," veteran Elliott Ricehill said.
Mayor Pat Baustian tells KELOLAND News that displaying patriotism is each citizen's responsibility, and he encourages residents of the city to fly flags at their own homes.
American flags will still be displayed for 12 hours at several places throughout Luverne, including four Main Street intersections, the bridge over Rock River, two cemeteries, and the site of a future flag park.