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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am

Today may be Flag Day, but Kieth Austin flies an American flag in front of his west Lodi home 12 months a year.

A disabled veteran, Austin wears his patriotism on his sleeve. Not only does he display his flag — he sports several patriotic shirts, and his wife has several red, white and blue dresses.

Austin was in the service near the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, but he was unable to serve overseas after he became disabled on a training mission.

You can count on seeing the American flag every day in front of his residence on Evergreen Drive.

“In fact, I’ve got a couple of retired flags,” he said, showing a couple of flags that are faded and no longer suitable for use. “I have red, white and blue in most of my house.”

Austin was one of several people sporting flags in front of their homes on Thursday, the eve of Flag Day.

Austin is a stickler for proper flag etiquette. You’re not supposed to fly the flag in the dark or in rainy weather.

“I have a light that goes on around dusk,” he said. “If it gets to be pretty bad weather, I’ll take it down.”

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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