77-year-old Farmer Gene Hanson has always been a huge supporter of the national anthem. And because of this when spoiled brat ball tossers in the NFL started disrespecting our nation by kneeling during the anthem in protest against who knows what before games, Hanson decided it was time to send out a clear message as to how he felt about these rich elite ball tossing punks and their so-called social justice fight.
Hanson thought long and hard about how to get his message out, so he chose to use the best platform he could think of, his own 850-acre farm in Nebraska. He waited for harvest season to be over and then took his tractor and proceeded to plow an awesome and very clear message into his field.
Once he was done, the message read. “We stand for the National Anthem.” The message spans the length of two football fields so planes can see it clearly while flying overhead. I’m sure the message upsets many unpatriotic liberals on those plane, especially the ones who think “flyover country” are all just a bunch of hillbilly rednecks who aren’t as “highly educated as they are.
Once the picture hit social media it spread like wildfire. To the point that it caught President Trump’s attention.
After seeing the picture the president did what any proud American president would do. He took to Twitter and sent out a message saying “Thank you Gene Hanson – a GREAT American (and farmer) who is standing up for our flag, our anthem, and our country!” Along with this message he also twitted out a link to the article originally written about this farmer and his awesome patriotic message.
Farmer Gene Hanson of Edgeley, North Dakota has a message for the NFL: “We stand for the National Anthem.”
The 77-year-old Midwesterner plowed that phrase into his bean crops – a massive message spanning the length of two football fields – in response to the controversial protest undertaken by some NFL players who’ve begun kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I go with [President] Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News on Tuesday. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it.”
He added: “A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”
Gene Hanson has plowed numerous messages into his bean field. (Courtesy of Gene Hanson)
Hanson has a track record of designing and digging massive messages – many political – using his old Massey tractor on his 850-acre farm.
And Hanson doesn’t use GPS or any technology for the work, which he says “works out pretty good in a harvested bean field.”
Then he flies his two-seater plane, and if his design passes the test, he snaps a pic with a Cannon camera and posts it on Facebook. He said he’s only been unsuccessful twice.
Hanson told Fox News he got his “We Stand for the National Anthem” message right on the second try. During the first attempt, he was interrupted by a passerby with only two letters to go. He soon relocated to another section of the field.
Hanson said he initially wanted to add an addendum — “We kneel at the cross” — but the plan was foiled by the first frost of the season.
Hanson said, weather permitting, he plans to add that phrase soon.
Hanson and his wife, Darlene, are Lutherans and attend church regularly. He also describes himself as a Republican and Trump supporter, and he had the chance to get a picture of the president when Trump came to North Dakota for a tax reform speech in September.
“I was 20 feet away from him,” Hanson said. “It was a good meeting and the president stayed on script.”
Hanson said he believes Trump is trying to do well, but faces a “continuous battle” in Washington, D.C. And Hanson said he’s doing all he can to send his support from his Edgeley farm.
Some of his previous messages include “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “Feel the Bern,” “GOP, get your act together,” and “Vote Trump.”
He said his Prince symbol, plowed after the singer passed away, was one of his most popular for fans all over the world, but he caught a lot of flak for his “Never Hillary” message.
“Most responses have been positive, though,” Hanson said.
Hundreds of thousands of people have died for our freedoms and our flag. Whenever we see another soldier’s funeral the widow or next of kin, is always given the folded flag that was draped over the coffin. In a way that flag gives comfort and it symbolizes the fact that the death wasn’t in vain.
That flag is who we are, it’s what we aspire to be, it’s our past and our future. Enough with the disrespect!
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