In the midst of a Nebraska pasture on Tuesday morning, John Childears recalled memories of battles, wars and other struggles for liberty, then turned the crank to hoist a big U.S. flag on a tall pole to let it fly smartly in the western wind.

Childears built a flagpole in his pasture along U.S. Highway 83 in a show of patriotism to motorists passing by. On Flag Day, he invited people to join him as the flag was hoisted for the first time.

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