Navy veteran US flag waver, Leonard Farrington, stood over Rock Hill bridge with his American flag every 9/11 as a sign of respect to the victims and a warning to all terrorists.
The first day following the tragic September 11th attacks in 2001, one Rock Hill man stood on a bridge over Interstate 77 and proudly waved the U.S. flag. Now 12 years later, that bridge is likely to be named after that patriotic flag-waver, Leonard Farrington.
As a Navy veteran of World War II, Farrington died in January 2012 at the age of 89. A resolution was introduced in the South Carolina Legislature last week to name the Sutton Road Rock Hill bridge after him. Senator Wes Hayes of Rock Hill believes the vote will be unanimous. Hayes presented the resolution at the same time State Representative Ralph Norman submitted the same proposal to the House. Both men agree that Leonard did a great thing.
Farrington made his first appearance on the bridge on September 12th, 2001 and continued to return to show his American spirit every anniversary of the attack. He wanted to remind all terrorists that they could never destroy such a great country. He only stopped when a state police trooper told him he could potentially distract drivers and cause a crash.
This Navy veteran never looked for praise or attention; his only goal was to spread the patriotic sentiment to his community. He often asked reporters and photographers to leave him alone. He ever told one story-hungry reporter, “Get outta here. I am waving a flag, not running for office.” Several members of the Veterans’ Advocacy Group began joining Farrington over the past two years and waved their own American flags on all New York bridges over I-77.
Farrington’s wife is sure he would be excited about the honor of the Rock Hill bridge sporting his name. In fact, she also fully believed in her husband’s cause and waved his flag last September 11th after he passed away. “He never wanted notoriety. He just wanted to wave his flag,” Betty Farrington said. “He wanted people to remember what this country is really about.”