Flags made by Texas mom and pop shop set to fly over Trump inauguration

SAN ANTONIO, TX (KTRK) -- A small business in San Antonio was tapped to make the flags that will be on display as Donald Trump takes the oath of office.

"For them to have come to us and ask us to do it is humbling," said Dixie Flag and Banner Company CEO Pete Van de Putte Jr.

Five massive custom flags -- 12 feet wide by 25 feet tall -- were hand sewn by the employees at Dixie Flag and Banner and sent to D.C. They will be on display behind the president during the ceremony at the Capitol. It will be the fifth time the company has been asked to make flags for a presidential inauguration. They made flags which were displayed each time George W. Bush and Barack Obama were sworn into office.

"Pretty much everything we do is "fabric art." It's one of a kind," said Van de Putte Jr.

He says everyone at Dixie considers it an honor to be part of history.

Dixie Flag opened in 1958. Van de Putte's grandmother loaned his father $10,000 to start the business and then taught his mother to sew. Their flags have now flown around the world. They even made the largest free-flying U.S. flag in the world, which flies on the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey.

It's labor of love for those charged with creating the flags.

"I gotta see how the finished product shows up in the background. It's an honor, it's exciting," said Dixie seamstress Lucy Rodriguez.

There is pride over these flags despite the politics.

Van de Putte's wife, Leticia, is a staunch democrat. She is a long time Texas legislator who supported Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House.

Their red, white and blue will be immortalized in images from this presidential inauguration for decades to come. You can read more about Dixie Flag and Banner on their website. null
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