Flag Flies High Above Valley

Flag Flies High Above Valley

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The symbol of our country is on display in a majestic setting in Sandy. All thanks to a very dedicated family.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The symbol of our country is on display in a majestic setting in Sandy. All thanks to a very dedicated family.

The journey isn't easy.

"It was really hard, harder than I thought it would be," says Harold Haugen.

But the end result is glorious. Old Glory to be exact.

"We heard a bunch of kids down in the neighborhood singing the national anthem and that was a goose bump kind of moment."

A moment inspired by a 20 x 38 foot flag flying from a canyon high above Wasatch Boulevard. The flag was passed down to Haugen by a retired army colonel.

"It's a 4th of July surprise for my neighbors."

A surprise that requires lots of hiking and hours of work from Haugen and his family.
No one knows that better than son in law, JJ Peterson.

"We had to hike each end of the string to about 550 feet. It was all climbing and clearing trees and cliff ledges," says Peterson.

After the work a sense of pride sets in. Not for the accomplishment, but for our country.

"When I saw that flag I got a little teary eyed and it made that flag mean just a little bit more," says Peterson.

That's exactly what Haugen was hoping his unique display would offer.

"I'm just hoping that by people seeing it displayed in a different way it will stir those feelings of love of country."

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