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Frazier’s flags
Brooklet man has revolving display
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With a trip to Hawaii this year, John Frazier of Brooklet plans to finish up his patriotic trek of riding his bicycle for 50 miles in all 50 states. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

While it might not quite be Six Flags over Georgia, John Frazier’s Brooklet home attracts a great deal of attention.

On any given day, people passing the Cromley Road home can see an assortment of flags flapping in the breeze. Frazier, who retired as principal of Southeast Bulloch High School in 2006, routinely changes the flags displayed. From now until Flag Day, June 14, the display will be all six official United States flags dating back to the country’s birth.

“People stop by all the time and ask, ‘What are the flags for?’” he said. “I have always liked color, and flags are colorful.”

Frazier and his wife, Marjorie, have been displaying flags for six years now. It started when they began a “50/50” biking tour during which they set out to ride at least 50 miles in each state. They began flying flags of the states they had visited.

They only have one state left, Hawaii, where they plan to visit soon and stay at a neighbor’s timeshare.

“We have had a ball,” he said. “It has been a real blast.”

The current flags show the changes made throughout history. The first, a 13-star flag, flew over the original colonies during the American Revolutionary War. The 15-star flag was flown during the War of 1812, and the 27-star flag was used during the Mexican-American War, he said.

During the Civil War, a 35-star flag was flown. Next came the 48-star flag, used during World War I and World War II, and finally the 50-star flag that is flown today.

After Flag Day, Frazier plans to fly six Canadian flags representing six provinces he and his wife have visited.

On their biking tours, Marjorie “scouts out” sightseeing opportunities as well as places to dine while Frazier pedals the miles. She picks him up at the end of the ride, he said, calling her “my side support.”

The couple enjoys traveling, and he said he has noticed a great deal of patriotism across the nation.

“This is a beautiful country with a lot of unity,” regardless of negativity often seen in mainstream media, he said.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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