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Patriotic Paint Job Honors US Flag
John and Tim McCarthy are patriots who want to let anyone passing by their Red Oak, Iowa farm know they believe in the flag and the things it stands Or;
The McCarthy brothers got the idea for the patriotic paint job after seeing a television report about a barn m central Nebraska decked out to look like the Soviet flag. They decided it was time to send a message about their own symbol of national pride.
The bulk of the 50-year-old barn is covered with red and white diagonal stripes while the coupola is painted with stars on a blue background. They had to hang out windows on safety ropes to do the job, which took several days. Soon after they finished, the barn became a mini tourist attraction.
"People stop by all the time to photo-graph it and the Des Moines Register news-paper ran a story on it. We'll probably repaint it when the paint fades since so many people appreciate it," says John.

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1