Members of the American Legion Riders Chapter 19 assisted in a ceremony to raise a massive flag at the Perkins Restaurant in Gardner on April 25.  They rode motorcycles decorated with the American flag to the event. An empty flagpole awaits its flag in the distance. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Members of the American Legion Riders Chapter 19 assisted in a ceremony to raise a massive flag at the Perkins Restaurant in Gardner on April 25. They rode motorcycles decorated with the American flag to the event. An empty flagpole awaits its flag in the distance. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Members of the American Legion Post 19 served as Color Guard as American Legion Riders and Legion members assisted in unfurling and raising a more than 600-square-feet flag on Friday morning. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Members of the American Legion Post 19 served as Color Guard as American Legion Riders and Legion members assisted in unfurling and raising a more than 600-square-feet flag on Friday morning. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

The flag in front of Perkins Restaurant sits briefly atop the flagpole on April 25. It was lowered to half staff in honor of former state Rep. Don Dahl who died in a plane accident on April 18. Submitted photo courtesy of Kristina Harrison

The flag in front of Perkins Restaurant sits briefly atop the flagpole on April 25. It was lowered to half staff in honor of former state Rep. Don Dahl who died in a plane accident on April 18. Submitted photo courtesy of Kristina Harrison