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 motor
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.”
Krey acknowledges he carries patriotism a bit further than most people.
Standing over a highway bridge waving a flag may seem an odd way to express love for your country, but Krey said he sees it as an extension of his service.
“I served my country for more than 22 years in the military,” Krey said. “I do a lot of work with charities for the troops.”
Recently, he bought a limousine, which he offers free to the families of service members killed in action for use at funerals and at a discounted rate for a military personnel who might need a ride home after a night on the town to avoid driving drunk.
Krey said the recent deaths of eight Oklahoma soldiers, including seven Oklahoma National Guardsmen, in Afghanistan is a reminder that nearly 10 years after the
Waving a flag is the least he can do, Krey said.
“The response has been great,” Krey said. “Pretty much everyone is honking and waving, giving me thumbs-up. I can't imagine anyone telling me I can't do this.”
The soldiers give me the freedom to do this — to stand on this bridge and wave this flag.”