DAVISON TWP. — Raised the day after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the giant American flag that proudly flies over D&W Windows and Awning, 8068 E. Court St., has become an icon in Genesee County.
That display of love for the country, long recognized as a landmark by people driving by on I-69, has been officially recognized as a symbol of freedom and patriotism.
Members of the Genesee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented D&W Windows and Awning Vice President Mark Wood with a Certificate of Award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution during a brief presentation, March 11, which recognized the business for the proper use, correct displaying and patriotic presentation of the flag of the United States of America.
Carol Powers, flag chairwoman for the Genesee County DAR, said it is important for the DAR to serve as role models for the community by recognizing individuals and groups that show correct usage of the flag.
“As people drive along I-69 or down Irish Road, the flag you fly is a beacon of patriotism that can’t be missed and is appreciated by thousands of people, each and every day,” said Powers in presenting the award to Wood.
Wood said the flying of the giant flag at the D&W Windows and Awning building at Court Street and Irish Road was a tradition started by his father, D&W founder Don Wood.
“Dad did that,” he said of the huge flag waving above the building. “It went up the day after 9-11. It was such a symbol of what happened that day.”
Wood said the company is proud of the flag and will continue to fly it as a patriotic gesture. He also thanked the DAR representatives for the award.
Chapters within the DAR support 22 objectives, which include purchasing flags, distributing flag code leaflets, knowing the flag code, including a “flag moment” at each chapter meeting, presenting braille flags, celebrating Flag Day and presenting flag award certificates.