Iowa Town Is The Flag Capital Of The World
As we approach Memorial Day weekend, there will be plenty of places to view flags on display to honor and remember our fallen heroes. But only one Iowa town has a flag display so big, that it features the flags from all 50 U.S. states!
The city of Brooklyn, Iowa is called a 'Community of Flags.' And rightfully so. The city in Poweshiek County boasts a large display of flags near the center of the city, at 302 Jackson Street. At the center of the display is a giant American flag high atop an 80-foot flag pole. Surrounding the stars and stripes are flags from all 50 states and all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
The flag display is up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The main street in Brooklyn is adorned with a number of international flags, truly making the town a 'Community of Flags.' The town is so in love with flags that they even have an annual Flag Festival. It is held the second weekend in June and features a parade, barbeque, kid's activities, and a car show.
Brooklyn is also known for being the childhood home of actor John Wayne. His family moved to Brooklyn in 1909. He attended first grade before the family moved to California in 1914. A plaque was recently put up to honor Wayne and his childhood home.
If you love flags or are a fan of The Duke, the one-hour drive from Cedar Rapids to Brooklyn is worth it! The Memorial Day weekend would be the perfect time to stop by.