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Extraordinarily tall tower carries U.S. symbol

The Billings County Pioneer of Medora, North Dakota

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BELFIELD — A U.S. flag can be seen towering in the skyline of Belfield's west side.

Kenny Heck decided to convert an unused radio tower on his property into a flag pole. Cell phones have replaced the need for radios in his trucking business.

"I thought since I'm a Vietnam veteran I should have a flag up there," said Heck.

With the help of another resident, Jody Lilli bridge, they fashioned a holder for the flag and a swivel so the flag turns with whatever direction the wind is blowing. The tower-turned-flag-pole is now at a height of 56 feet.

The tower is balanced and can tip down, which allowed the flag to be added without having to bring in a crane to reach the top.

Heck said he also plans to add a POW/MIA flag to the pole.

Heck's brother, Ray, also served in Vietnam, and his brother Herb also was in the service, but he didn't spend time in Vietnam.

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Original Publication Date: July 16, 2015

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