He’s one of the most notable patriots in the Greater Lansing area… attracting waves, smiles, and honks from those who pass by.
His name is Colin Campbell.
But you may know him as the “Flag Man.”
Campbell walks along Marsh Road in Haslett every day with an American Flag in hand, and pup by his side, and he’s been doing it for the last 30-years.
“I wanted to see if somebody would honk at somebody they didn’t know,” says Campbell.
But he didn’t always have a flag, and he didn’t always have a dog.
The Marine Corps Veteran says, after serving as an infantry man in the Vietnam War, he moved home to Haslett, where he worked for General Motors and took up a love for running.
And one day, he wanted to see if he could make others feel that happiness too.
“Let’s say somebody was at work and they had a bad day, if they saw me smiling, it seemed, on Facebook, they put it on there that it made their day better,” says Campbell.
Campbell’s loyal followers created a Facebook page in his honor.
That page, is liked by more than 8-thousand locals in the community.
He says, once he started realizing how many people were taking notice, he started counting how many waves he could get each day.
“Two years ago or three, I had 267,000 in one year,” says Campbell.
And honks aren’t all that Campbell gets.
He says people often times stop by just to say hello or ask for a picture.
But Campbell says, the purpose of this mission, isn’t about him, the flag, or his dog, it’s about the smiles he can bring to people’s faces.
“I just wish everyone around the world a safe Fourth of July and thank you for your service,” says Campbell.