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American pride in the cards in flag display at WCA Homecoming

Miranda Kaiser helps paint some of the 864 cards that attendees at the West Central Area Schools Homecoming game will hold up to create an image of the American flag. (Contributed) 1 / 2
More than 100 people volunteered to help paint the cards that will form an American flag at West Central Area School’s Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 30. (Contributed)2 / 2

Ever since watching the 1984 Olympics opening ceremony as a kid, John Kreft has wanted to partake in a card stunt, which is a display made up of many individual cards.

Now his wish is coming true, as Kreft and other members of the West Central Area school community have come together to organize a massive display of 864 cards, each one painted to make up a portion of the American flag. The cards will be held up during the national anthem at West Central's Homecoming game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

"Since this is West Central Area's 25th year, we decided to do it," said Kreft, who is a teacher at the secondary school in Barrett. "We did some math on how big our grandstand is, how many seats there are, how many cards we'd need."

The project was funded by a grant from Education Minnesota, which covered the $800 worth of materials.

Prior to the national anthem, ushers will hand out cards to the crowd. When the national anthem begins, each person will raise their card, creating a large American flag. Area veterans will hold the portions that make up the stars.

Anyone who wished to help was invited to paint the cards on Wednesday, Sept. 13. More than 100 people showed up, and the task took about three hours.

"All the cards are ready to roll now," Kreft said this week. "These cards have never been stacked side-by-side. We painted them individually, and some of the stars take up five pieces on their own."

Crowd members will be able to see the result via a drone that will deliver a live video feed on a screen in front of the grandstand.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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