Oklahoma veteran waves flag over highways to honor soldiers

Ted Krey, of Yukon, served in the military for 22 years and was a first responder after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: August 27, 2011

If you spend any time driving on the interstates in the Oklahoma City metro area during the morning rush hour, there is a good chance you will run across Ted Krey in the next couple of weeks.

Krey will be the one standing on the bridge over the highway waving an American flag and smiling every time motorists honk their horn or give him a thumbs-up out the window.

Krey, of Yukon, is a retired staff sergeant who served in both the active-duty military and Oklahoma National Guard.

He was also a first responder in 1995 after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

His plan is to stand on a different highway pedestrian bridge each morning until Sept. 11 for about an hour and wave the flag.

“I'm reminding people 9/11 is coming up,” Krey said Friday as he stood on a bridge across Interstate 40 on Czech Hall Road. “The soldiers give me the freedom to do this — to stand on this bridge and wave this flag.”

And that flag? It's not an ordinary version of the Stars and Stripes.

“This is a casket flag,” Krey said. “It was given to me by the family of a soldier who died. It was draped across his casket.”

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The soldiers give me the freedom to do this — to stand on this bridge and wave this flag.”

Ted Krey

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