If all goes as planned, the great American flag will fly once more at the intersection of US Highway 60 and Business 71. The big flag, first flown on July 4, 2002, has become something of a local landmark.

If all goes as planned, the great American flag will fly once more at the intersection of US Highway 60 and Business 71. The big flag, first flown on July 4, 2002, has become something of a local landmark.
But a new flag will be hoisted on the pole on Sunday, March 26. The Neosho Exchange Club, the flag’s sponsor, will host a public rededication.
One man who will be there for sure is Bill Martz.
Since the flag was raised in 2002, Martz has dedicated himself to mowing the land around the flag. He has expanded his mowing area from a few dozen feet around the 120 foot pole to about an acre and a quarter.
Why does Martz do this big job for no pay?
 "I like to be outdoors. I like to meet people, and I love riding under that big flag. I like to hear it flapping in the wind. It talks to me," said Martz.
When stretched out, the flag makes a big shadow. Martz laughs and says his friends can see where he mowed on a hot day.
"They tell me I just mowed in the shade," he said.
Since the flag went up, no one else has mowed the land. The only pay he gets is breakfast about twice a year at the local Exchange Club meeting. "I'm invited to every meeting, but I only go a couple of times a year," he said.
Martz started mowing seriously for other people in 1975. He had moved to the East part of town and discovered there were 14 widows on the street. He started helping them out with their yards. Now he mows about 35 yards each summer.
But summer is not the only time he gets his mower out. "I usually do some mowing every month of the year. I do a lot of leaves in the winter, and some yards just need care year around," he said.
He has already starting mowing this spring and has done about 20 yards a week. As the rains come and the sun shines, that number will increase.
Martz says he does not mow for a living. He just enjoys the work and the money. He calls what he makes his "mad money."
At 2 p,m. on Sunday, March 26, (a week later if there is rain) a new flag will fly for Martz to mow under. State Senator Ron Richard will donate the new flag and give the rededication speech.
For his charity and his contribution to the people of Neosho, Bill Martz is this week's good neighbor.