It takes guts to put yourself out there – to set that lofty goal and say,
“I know it’s going to be tough, but I’m going to do it anyway because I believe in this.”
That kind of audacity has the potential for great reward.
What it does not have – is an age limit.
John Lang, a senior at Westside High School, is on a two-pronged mission: pay a massive tribute to active military members, veterans and first responders – and earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. His plan? Construct an expansive American flag – 60 ft. x 30 ft. – Old Glory in all its glory – entirely from Lego® bricks.
John, who turns 17 this month, says this is his way of honoring the flag and giving back to those who risk their lives for us every day.
He writes, “My family has a history of service. My grandfathers, my two uncles and many of my ancestors served our country, dating as far back as the revolutionary war. My father was a firefighter / paramedic for over 35 years. This has provided me with a strong sense of patriotism.
“In today’s fast-paced society, I believe many have forgotten what this amazing country has done for the world and how great a foundation our founding fathers provided us with. I want to help remind everyone how truly remarkable this country is as well as honor those who have and continue to serve this nation and keep us safe.”
John is calling this ambitious effort The Great American Flag Project. Here are a few ways we can pitch in:
- Donate Lego® bricks. He needs about 315,000 of them. He’s received about 15,000 so far.
- Donate money to buy Lego® bricks
- Volunteer to help assemble the flag
All donations are tax deductible. You’ll find more information at www.thegreatamericanflagproject.com or www.facebook.com/TheGreatAmericanFlagProject.
Once John has enough bricks, the flag will be built and displayed in the parking lot of Election Systems & Software, which coincidentally raised a 60 ft. x 30 ft. American Flag over its office building in July.
John hopes to serve in the military after college and then follow in his father’s footsteps as a firefighter. More ambitious plans for a teenager with world record aspirations. He says taking the leap is the hardest part.
“You have to start with a plan, but you have to be flexible and open to change. Failure is always a possibility but if it happens, you just have to get up, dust yourself off and keep trying.”