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Man makes Memorial Day flag – out of wood

Man makes Memorial Day flag – out of wood

Man makes Memorial Day flag – out of wood

Sammy Bullins' wood flag is on displa...

    While many people display flags on Memorial Day, Sammy Bullins went a step further. He made his own flag, adding a personal flair to reflect his beliefs.
    A lover of wood crafting, Bullins often decorates his Burkhalter Road yard with seasonal woodwork. This week, a patriotic creation incorporating the American flag, a cross and the word “freedom” is on display. Bullins said it is a statement about what is (or he feels should be) important to remember on Memorial Day.
    “The cross comes first,” he said, stating that God is most important in his life. Then, “freedom, then the flag.”
    Many people only view Memorial Day as a long weekend, but Bullins hopes to remind them that Memorial Day is in honor of those who fought for their country and lost their lives.
    Woodwork is a hobby he has enjoyed for years, and since his retirement after an accident 11 years ago, he spends a great deal of time creating whatever strikes his fancy.
    For Valentine’s Day, he made a huge red heart with Cupid figures. At Christmas, his yard was a wonderland of sculptures, including a helicopter and holiday themes wooden figures.
    When Memorial Day approached, “I realized everybody has a flag,” Bullins said. So he decided to make his own, out of wood, with a special twist.
    “I make my stuff different,” he said. “You will never see another one like it.”
    The flag took a day and a half to complete, and Bullins said he has received a great deal of feedback from the patriotic display.
    “Several people stop to take pictures and bring others to see it,” the former construction worker said.
    He doesn’t sell his artwork but has crafted many items, including gun cabinets and hope chests, as well as wooden decorations, for friends.
    Bullins’ work can be seen at 10869 Burkhalter Road.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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