'Old Glory ',I am so happy to be part of this Active Rain Challenge...

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 01238708

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho    for asking me to be your second fiddler aka assistant host to this wonderful Challenge. There are so many Active Rain Members who wrote some truly awesome posts. They know who they are and not wanting to forget anyone and make them feel slighted I will not mention anyone. Thank you for your wonderful contributions. I truly appreciated and loved them.


As a legal alien who came to this country, (thanks to my father writing to President Johnson to let us in), I am here because of it and grateful for it. My father was the proudest American you could meet. He loved this country  and was proud to fly Old Glory in front of his house every day.


I was at West Point as a Cadet when he told me that the only thing missing was a flag and  otherwise he had the perfect American dream home. I went out and bought a Flagpole and a flag, similar to those you see in front of Government Buildings. My father and I planted the pole together, with lots of love and heavy labor. Proudly,  he would raise the flag every morning and lower it at dusk. I kept searching for old photos but could not find any. Then I was looking through my mother’s sketch book where lots of great drawings existed. Long and behold I found this sketch of 90 Haddad Rd, Waterbury, CT.


Unlike at my dad’s house we do not have a flagpole, but we have an oversized flag  flying 24/7. Diane knows that when it gets to dusk the lights have to be turned on. Most of the time I am cooking when this happens, and I take a break to make sure Old Glory gets what she deserves.


Hence this proud Legal Alien wants to thank every patriotic Active Rain Member who participated in this challenge. As to those who did not due to various reasons, may it be a dislike for my outspoken ways, shame on them. It was not about me; it was about 'Old Glory'. As far as I am concerned this was truly one of the best Active Rain Challenges to participate in and show your patriotism.

Thank you again Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  for inviting me, I learned so much from these  many wonderful posts. I wish my father was alive to read them all, so with that said I am sure he is looking down and smiling.

Wishing all who read this post a Happy Fourth of July and keep Old Glory flying with the respect she deserves.



Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708


Comments (19)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s always interesting to see how people expressed themselves and this is no different

Jun 30, 2022 11:36 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I find it interesting that people that were not born in this great country have more respect for it than people that have lived here for generations!  Thanks Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jun 30, 2022 11:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This was a wonderful challenge - I'm thankful to both you and Mark for hosting it, and I agree with Jim Paulson - many who were not born here are more respectful than many born here.

Jul 01, 2022 04:57 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I want to see a video of you playing your fiddle, haha.  Thank you for helping out with this month's challenge, so many great posts were created for it.

Jul 01, 2022 05:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Endre - I don't previously recall you sharing that your mom was so talented.  Her artwork is quite good.  Although I did not participate in the challenge, I read many of the posts submitted.  Being a host or co-host can certainly be another test to anyone who accepts.  Thanks to you and Mark for the effort and congratulations for the good turnout.  

Jul 01, 2022 05:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Endre... I personally believe that it's immigrants like you and me who are often the most patriotic... maybe because we don't take the privilege of being Americans for granted. And I agree that this was one of the best AR challenges in many, many years.

Loved your story of "planting" that flag pole with your father... and love the painting of your home... thanks for answering my question from yesterday. You should frame that sketch.

Jul 01, 2022 05:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Endre,

This undoubtedly was one of the best challenges that have been offered in Active rain Thank you and Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho for hosting it. I loved ready all the posts across the country....was truly inspiring! The sketch your mom painted is beautiful and so full of an inspiring time your father shared with you. Many Americans who were not born here are more respectful than many born here.....that is sad because they don't view it as a privilege to live here and honor our great history. 

Jul 01, 2022 06:14 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Endre Barath, Jr.  Thank you for this post.  What a special find to come upon an old hand drawn rendering, from your Mother no less, of your old Home and Flag proudly flying.  Add to that, something you and your Father worked on together.  These are the posts that have left me feeling rewarded.  I was not expecting this at all when WE started this challenge.  Thank you again, Mark

Jul 01, 2022 07:20 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I agree with those above who thought this was an excellent challenge Endre so kudos to both you and Mark. I'm glad you included your Mom's sketch. It's outstanding and shows her talent!

Jul 01, 2022 07:24 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

What a great sketch of an all American New England home with Ole Glory flying high ! Thanks for co-hosting this months challenge Endre Barath, Jr.  I really enjoyed sharing some of Maryland's early history. Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend !🇺🇸

Jul 01, 2022 11:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre thank you for co-hosting this challenge this month.  As you know, I also migrated to the US from another country, and I am very thankful and proud to call the US my home.

Jul 01, 2022 01:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

HI Endre- I loved this post and perhaps it should be an annual challenge! Many of the posts I read mentioned that it was this challenge to cause them to notice the flags flying in their own area. 

Even though I was born here, as were my parents, there is not a day that passes that I don't thank my grandparents for coming to this great country of ours!!!!! 

And that is a priceless drawing your mother did. 

Jul 01, 2022 06:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Endre, you and Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho did an AMAZING job hosting June's Challenge and I cannot THANK YOU ENOUGH!

As for this post - WOW! So much of Endre is wrapped up here and I loved reading every word of it. From you helping your Dad erect his flag pole to your Mom's beautiful sketch (boy, was she ever talented) to envisioning Diane being sure the light is on the flag 365, this post oozes patriotism! As a fellow military peep, it makes my heart smile. 

Thank you again, Endre - absolutely wonderful job on this month's challenge. You two must do another one soon!!

Jul 02, 2022 12:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 02, 2022 06:25 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Your parents are indeed smiling now! I am proud to be your fellow American.

Kudos to both you and Mark! This is ONE challenge I will never forget! 


Jul 02, 2022 09:30 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I missed the challenge but I'd like to share a short story with you, Endre. The house I purchased in March had the American flag flying from the day I bought it. The previous owners left the flag behind. When I had the front porch columns replaced, the installers transferred the bracket and flag from the old to the new. So the only time the flag didn't fly was the day I stained the new columns. 

Back to your post, it is absolutely precious that you found your moms' sketch of your childhood home and the flag pole you purchased for your dad. These are wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Happy Independence Day!

Jul 02, 2022 10:15 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. I do not participate in many challenges, but the June challenge was one I could not pass up. Thank you Mark and Endre for sponsoring it. Enjoy your day.

Jul 03, 2022 05:10 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Endre and thank you for your service to our country and glad President Johnson wrote that letter.  (I will try to take pictures of my food)

Jul 03, 2022 06:36 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

June's 'Ole Glory Coast to Coast Challenge was one of my favorites because the U.S. flag hits my patriotic side, making me so thankful my grandparents came from Bohemia. Your mother's drawing tells of a love for the greatest country in the world! Thank you for co-hosting and also thanks to Mark as well for hosting.

Jul 03, 2022 03:09 PM