TIPTON COUNTY, TN (localmemphis.com) - On this day in history, June 14th, the stars and stripes were born. All across the Mid-South, home and business owners proudly display the American flag. However, a patriotic display in Tipton County is catching people's eyes.
"So I was here one night and said I have to put a flag up or something to show my appreciation and my patriotism," said Ben Baker.
Putting up that one flag soon led to Baker's own flag display. More than 30 flags fly high on Mt. Lebanon road in Tipton County. His inspiration stemmed from a soldier who was injured in Afghanistan.
"I felt that he just re-energized me," said Baker.
In 2006, Baker's neighbor, Army veteran Greg Stewby, was hit by an IED while in Afghanistan. The explosion caused him to lose a foot, suffer from burns, and 70% of his intestines are now gone. After the horrific incident, the two bonded like never before.
"He's so humble. He's the most humble person that you'd ever meet. Friends are the family one finds along the way," said Baker.
Baker says Stewby was honored that he thought of him while building his flag display. Neighbors who live nearby have even requested him to put a flag in their yard.
This 68-year-old says there's something about the American flag that brings the whole community together and he's happy to be a part of it.
"I think the display of that American flag gives you a stronger belief in America of who we are as a society, gives you a feeling of being on a team versus just being by yourself. It just makes you feel very, very good," said Baker.