Local patriot returns to his post to remember veterans

Robert McKinniss waves at drivers on Interstate 65 while standing on an overpass.
Robert McKinniss waves at drivers on Interstate 65 while standing on an overpass.

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — If you drove down Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe County Friday, you may have come across a familiar sight.

Local patriot Robert McKinniss once again spent the day atop the County Road 200 North overpass, asking people never to forget the sacrifices made by military members.

The bridge is donned with American flags and banners that read “Never Forget” and “Thank You, Veterans.” Drivers on the highway honk and wave to show support.

McKinniss started waving his flags on Sept. 11, 2011 and added Veterans Day in 2013. He said the response he gets from drivers brings him back every year.

“We quickly forget, myself included, we just seem to be that kind of society today,” McKinniss said. “I just want to go out and just remind people of the veterans that need to be recognized.”

McKinniss said veterans don’t ask to praised, but they deserve every bit of it.

“I don’t think they want to be held up so much, but everybody wants to be appreciated for what they did.”

McKinniss said remembering what vets have done for us keeps him grounded and humble.