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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

One man's American pride and patriotism is used to cover his ten acres of land in Cedar Rapids.

Clyde Bean is 86 years old and he places 174 American flags around his property on holidays like the Fourth of July.

Bean served as a teacher and coach for 39 years and is in the Iowa Wresting Hall of Fame, but he's most proud of being an American.

"We love this country, said Bean. The United States of America and all it stands for and all the freedom that we have."

Bean says putting the flags along his fence all started when his wife wanted to put Christmas garland around the fence that lines his property.

"...and I said girl do you realize how much that would cost," said Bean.

Bean says he bargained with her and came up with the flag idea.

He made the flag holders and told his wife to buy the flags.

"When I put them up people go buy and honk. We have been blessed by our Lord and this country and there's no way we can repay it, but we try," said Bean.

Bean says for 13 years he's been loading up his John Deere riding law mower with the flags.

"77 in the bottom and then I put flags like this around here so that I get a 102 flags," said Bean.

It takes "Mr. Flag Man" as his neighbors like to call him about five hours each holiday to place the flags. He says he typically has two extra American Flags.

"I put up 174 and I keep on hand 176 just in case one breaks," said Bean. A guy stopped his pick up in the middle of the street and said 'I'm a vet and every time I drive by it makes my heart warm.' You know, you don't get a better reason than that in doing something," said Bean.

Saturdayneighbors placed a huge sign a long the fence reading "Dear Mr. Flag Man your neighbors salute you."

From a distance, Bean says he though someone had vandalized his fence and flags, but soon realized it was just a thanks you from his neighbors.

He says placing the flags every Fourth of July, Labor Day, Flag Day and Memorial Day is just fun, there's one thing.

"I've lived a good life. There's only one thing I would trade it for. I had a son who was killed a few years ago, if i could have him back, they could take everything," said Bean. 

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