ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - For as much change that has come down Cedar Lake Road in St. Louis Park in the last half century one thing has remained the same.
93 ½ -year-old Bud Bushway has raised a tradition that flies sun up to sundown 365 days a year.
"I moved here in 1954 and I probably started putting the flag up in 1955 or 1956," Bushway said of the flag he raises on his front lawn flag pole every single day, and takes down every single night.
It's not a chore to this World War II veteran to hoist the flag up his 25 foot pole every morning at seven, it's an honor.
An honor because during the routine he checks in with his prayer.
"Thank you Lord for another day, I sure do appreciate it. Which I do at my age, you got to appreciate every day," Bushway says here cites each day.
He also, right after that prayer, checks up on his bride, Bev.
Raising that flag into the sky brings him just a little closer to where she is now, he says, in heaven.
"I talk to Bev. Tell her what I plan on doing, if I got anything extra to do and tell her I still love her," Bushway says.
Bud and Bev's love is the lore of legend.
Married in 1951 Bev suffered a stroke that left her bound to a wheelchair years ago but that never kept her away from Bud.
"I pushed her on the wheelchair for 16 years.I wore out two sets of tires up and down Cedar Lake Road here," Bushway recalled of the years after the stroke, and before Bev died in 2007.
It's that kind of loyalty that drives this man to never miss a day of hanging that flag.
It isn't about a holiday or politics.
It's about an Army Sergeant beginning and ending his days with gratitude for his days, his freedom, and his girl.
"I just like to put it up and take it down.To me that's the proper thing to do," Bushway said.