The view of the Greinert farmhouse from Google Earth shows a single American flag waving in the breeze.
But over the Fourth of July weekend, neighbors on Errick Road in Wheatfield know better than Google Earth. The three-acre property is decked with more than 140 crisp American flags and an electric sign on the front yard reading “HAPPY FOURTH. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS” .
The tradition started after the birth of the Greinerts’ first grandchild about 30 years ago, according to Shirley Greinert.
The grandchild’s arrival inspired her late husband, Ed Greinert, to expand their display of American flags. It went from just one flag to more than 140 during the holiday.
Now, her son, Paul, carries on the tradition by decorating the farmhouse for his mother.
Greinert said though they always displayed a flag, her husband’s return from the South Pacific during World War II heightened his appreciation for America and his patriotism.
“Made him more grateful than ever that America was what it was,” she said.
The flag is a symbol “of God and country,” and the display is a way to express their sentiments publicly, Greinert said.
“I believe God and country will never change,” she said. “We know how important it was to (Paul’s) dad and my husband, and it just is part of us, and we would like everyone to share in the love of the flag.”