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

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 9/11 attacks, men and women in uniform are still risking their lives for their fellow Americans.

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.”

Ted Krey

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