There are many ways to express your patriotism. But Thomas “Ski” Demski did it big.
Demski, a Long Beach Navy veteran of the Korean War and manufacturer of bumper stickers, gained national attention in 1980 by unveiling — with help from members of the armed forces and veterans — a 42-by-75-foot American flag in the street outside his home.
As The Times reported back then:
The flag Demski has been flying in front of his Long Beach home on special occasions just wasn’t big enough, he said Tuesday. It was only 30 by 50 feet, or 1,500 square feet.
So for Veterans Day, Demski decided to hoist a flag twice as large, one that would, according...