City agrees to light up a carpenter’s American flag for troops

Kuttawa, KY may have the largest hand carved American flag in the world. Donald Wallace, and his two sons, made it to support the troops.

“People have to start showing and caring more about the troops, even the officers here at home today,” Wallace said.

He’s planning to submit the 20-foot tall, 10 foot wide flag to the Guinness Book of World Records once he adds some finishing touches like lighting. Kuttawa’s mayor recently agreed the city will pay for the electricity to light it up.

“The pole is over there and we have set the panel box and all I have to do is trench from there to here and there will be two lights that shine down on it,”

He thinks more should be done to support our troops and hopes lighting will help spread his message of thanks.

“It’s one way that this is going to be transferred back and worth through the United States and your truckers are one the biggest talkers in the world, and once it’s lit up, it will be talked about,” Wallace said.

It’s a reminder of patriotism, but also of his father who died after serving in Vietnam.

“Part of this is him, when I look at this I see other people and all the soldiers that will never come back here again to their families,” Wallace said.

Wallace’s next project is to secure funds to concrete the pavilion he built at Lee Jones Park so everyone can access it.

“As of right now if it rains a wheel chair cannot get to that building,” Wallace said.

He plans to keep adding on to this pavilion area, another gift he’s built using his gift

“I am going to continue for this community to do whatever I can do as long as I live,” Wallace said.

Tuesday Wallace is approaching the City of Kuttawa about finding funding to concrete the pavilion.

The numerous projects Wallace has made have been funded by him or through private donations. If you’d like to help him by donating,  click here.

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