Robert ‘Bob’ Sorensen Jr. puts it simply when asked what the American flag means to him: freedom.
The stars and stripes run deep for the Sorensen family, who have worn Old Glory on the sleeves of their military uniforms for generations. Members of this proud American family have fought in four conflicts and have been stationed across the globe.
To represent everyone’s contribution to country, Robert displays one flag for each family member that’s served during every major holiday.
At first, Robert Jr. would put a flag out for his grandfather, father and himself but decided to represent all service members in the family about two years ago during Memorial Day.
“I’m up to 10 so far,” Robert Jr. said.
Each time he puts the flags out it reminds him what they went through as well as what he endured during his time in the military.
All 10 flags are secured to the fence of Robert and his wife Johny’s home on Pine Oak Lane that serves as an eye-popping visual of red, white and blue over a green backdrop of trees. Each flagpole lists the family member’s name, branch of military and conflict they fought in.
“Everybody that sees it likes it,” Robert Jr. said, who added on occasion people stop and take photos.
As you go down the line of flags, you will see the name Axel Sorensen, who was Robert Jr.’s grandfather that served in World War I. As a Danish immigrant, Axel served in the Army after the rest of his family made it to the United States.
As you move down the line, veterans of World War II appear, which includes Robert Jr.’s father, Robert Sorensen Sr. and Johny’s uncle, Bill Stephan. They both served in the Army with Sorensen Sr. serving as a radio operator and Stephan serving in the infantry.
Johny said both her uncle and his dad served under General George S. Patton during the war in Africa and Europe. Robert Sr. even landed on Omaha Beach the day after the D-Day invasion.
Two more flags secured to the fence on Pine Oak represent Robert Jr. himself and his brother James C. Sorensen, both of which were involved in the Vietnam War. Robert Jr. was a crew chief on a helicopter in the Army and his brother served in the Navy.
Another flag is for Johny’s brother, Ray Bradbury, who served in the Army and was stationed in Korea but was not involved in conflict.
James A. Pelt, Robert Jr.’s uncle, who is also represented with a flag, served in the Navy and was also stationed in Korea but was not involved in conflict.
Micheal Lodrige, Robert Jr.’s cousin, was the lone serviceman to be in the Air Force. His flag flies among the others.
One flag that flies a little closer to their heart represents Robert Jr. and Johny’s son, Jared Sorensen who served in the Navy. He would become a military police interrogator during the War in Afghanistan.
When he returned home, he became a Houston police officer and after retirement became an officer for Conroe ISD, which he does today.
“It was hard when Jared was deployed because he had twin boys that weren’t even a year old when they sent him to Afghanistan,” Johny said. “He was there for almost a year, which was rough at times.”
The final flag represents Robert Jr. and Johny’s great-nephew Matthew Brewer who just graduated and is in the Army Airborne unit.