Flag Day carries special meaning in northeast Nebraska

June 14th is Flag Day in America and it's especially relevant in northeast Nebraska as the small town of Neligh, known as the flag capital of Nebraska, had no shortage of American flags in town to celebrate the patriotic day.

Ever since 2015, when Gov. Pete Ricketts officially recognized Neligh with the title, volunteers helped set up flags all over the town and especially alongside Highway 275.

"Normally, we do the entire highway in Neligh, both sides," Blackburn Manufacturing Co. Marketing Director Krista Schindler said. "This year, unfortunately, we've been so busy this year we didn't have the people to spare."

One of the biggest reasons Neligh has received the prestigious title is Schindler's employer, which is a local flag company that manufacturers and specializes in marking flags. Marking flags are popular for putting on lawns and advertise something to get the word out.

"We only make marking flags. We don't make the big 3x5 American flags", Schindler said. 

The company plays a huge role in distributing marking flags and other products worldwide and has been in operation for over 65 years.

Schindler also said that Blackburn Manufacturing Co. ships all over the world, including places like Canada and Mexico. 

With Nebraska being a state taking great pride in American patriotism, Schindler says that Flag Day and the people make a perfect match.