Chalk drawings make patriotic Perry pride ‘beautiful for pilgrim feet’

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Isaac Ballard, left, 8-year-old great-grandson of Gerrie Clay of Perry, center, shows his national spirit with a chalk picture of the U.S. flag on the Perry American Legion Post 85 sidewalk. Post Vice Commander Denny Glass is in the rear with the post Jeep. Local children are invited to decorate the Legion sidewalk until 4 p.m. today.

Perry’s young patriots are expressing their national pride today by making chalk drawings on the Perry American Legion Post 85 sidewalk at 1324 First Ave.

“We love America,” said Delphie Heintzleman, 11, of Johnston as she and her sister Ayla, 9, chalked the walk. They were accompanied by their father, Ben Heintzleman, who recently moved to Perry from Des Moines.

Isaac Ballard, 8, of Perry showed his American spirit in the form of a U.S. flag. He was in the company of his great-grandmother, Gerrie Clay of Perry.

Mike Kelley, Perry American Legion Post 85 Commander, said the local post hosted the local artists as a way to stir Perry’s patriotic pride for the long Independence day weekend starting today. Kelley thanks local sponsors┬áHy-Vee, Fareway, McDonald’s and Rainbow International, for supplying material and prizes for the contest.

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