Best Place to Have Your Flag Cleaned (2002)
It feels great to put on a fresh, clean pair of pants and a shirt, and according to Mike Miller, it feels even better to hang a fresh, clean United States flag from your home or car. That's the way Miller has felt ever since he bought Carousel Cleaners 32 years ago and began offering flag cleaning for free. "We've always done it, but not too many people took us up on it until September 11," says Miller, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. "But after September 11, we've cleaned hundreds. I don't think we did it with the idea of profit. We did it with the idea that America is America. I'm a patriot and I love my country. After September 11, everybody wanted to do something, but what can you do? You can't bring those people back, but if you can bring nationalism back, then why not?" Miller says his employees will even press, hang or fold your star-spangled banner if you want them to. Old Glory may be old, but at least it will be clean.