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'It’s just the patriotism in me'

Dylan Goetz • Jul 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — A U.S. Army veteran and Spring Lake Township resident puts up a flag memorial in celebration of the Fourth of July and Memorial Day holidays each year.

“It’s just the patriotism in me,” said Jack Allen, who lives on Mohawk Drive.

Allen, who was born in Grand Haven, is a local ride captain with a veteran support biker group called the Patriot Guard Riders. The group stands at funerals, send-offs and other military events to represent veterans.

Allen is also a member of two other motorcycle groups in the area.

“It’s just another good use for the flags,” Allen said of his home display. “I’ve been doing it for a while and it seems like everyone likes them.”

Allen said he spent five years stationed in Germany during his eight years with the U.S. Army, and now takes every opportunity he can to help veterans in the area.

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