South Bend, Ind. Flags are starting to pop up since Independence Day is Thursday. And around this time of year, NewsCenter 16 remembers Brother Edward Courtney.
Brother Courtney sat right across from our station, on State Road 933, by Holy Cross College for 11 years.
He said he didn't agree with the Supreme Court's decision that flag burning is a First Amendment right. It was a promise the World War II veteran made to himself.
Brother Courtney died in 2009. He was 90 years old.
The flag sit continued Wednesday, with people waving flags in honor of this country, troops serving overseas and Brother Courtney.
A combination of residents, staff members and volunteers from around the area take part in honoring the holiday. Organizers say it's all in memory of a man who is greatly missed.
“I think people are so excited to see someone showing patriotism for people to be out there saying that we love our country and they also remember Brother Ed because he sat here for several years and many who honk know Brother Ed and they miss him,” says Susan Griffin the marketing director at Holy Cross Village.
The flag pole used at the sit was donated by the Marine Corps in honor of Brother Courtney.