NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A flag captain with the East Texas Patriot Guard organized a parade around Nacogdoches for the upcoming Flag Day.
Rodney Ray takes it as his responsibility to place flags during veteran's funeral services and he does it with great pride.
"Our veterans fought for this flag. They died for this flag."
With the patriotic pride he carries, Ray decided three years ago to start a parade.
"We get together and do a little bit for Veteran's Day, we do a little bit for Memorial Day, nobody does anything for Flag Day," Ray said.
Ray decided to pool resources from his motorcycle group along with several jeep groups from across the piney woods.
"It's the day that the United States adopted it as the national flag. It's the celebrated birthday of the U.S. Army. It's a good day to celebrate, " Ray said.
The captain said the flag is a symbol of our freedom and we must pass that onto the next generation.
"Our kids, nobody is going to teach our kids to be patriotic unless we do it ourselves. And that's what it's all about," Ray said.
Citing his experience from funerals in the past five years, Ray said many veterans have risked and lost their lives for this flag.
"I've done hundreds of funerals for veterans who've fought for it, so yes it's very personal to me. I play taps at military funerals on a bugle and it's just super personal," Ray said.
More than 75 people took part in the parade on at least 20 motorcycles and two dozen jeeps.
Flag Day is Wednesday, the day that Americans commemorate the adoption of the stars and stripes, which happened back in 1777.