LAKE OZARK – Memorial Day weekend marked the start of the summer season for Lake of the Ozarks.
Many people came to the lake to celebrate the holiday weekend with friends and family. While some people were enjoying time off, others were working on Memorial Day.
One store owner, Belinda Bell, said she worked on Memorial Day to provide business for customers, as well as to honor those currently serving, first responders, veterans and their families.
She founded her company, We The People Flags and T-Shirts, in 2019. She creates custom wooden flags and signs.
Bell said opening the store and creating wooden artwork helped her heal and regain her strength after going through a tough time in her life.
“With a brain injury, you lose certain things. And that makes it hard to do things that you’ve been able to do all your life. And sometimes you just need to go to a quiet place where you can focus on one thing. thing,” she said. “Because there are a lot of things you have no control over and woodworking gives me time to focus on one thing. At the end of the day, I have something that I created and I really enjoy it.”
Bell said she loves interacting with new people and hearing the story behind their personalized art.
“Once this lady came in a few years ago, and her grandfather was a POW from World War II. [prisoner of war] and I got to hear her story about her grandfather,” Bell said. “And so I got to make a beautiful flag for her and honor her grandfather. I love hearing the stories of these veterans.”
She said she found the name of her store after everything she had been through.
“We the people came because we’re carrying stuff for military and first responders and Second Amendment rights,” Bell said. “And I think our country really needs to come together. And remember we’re all in this together. And so I really want people to know when they come to my shop, that we’re all in this together. boat and we’re all Americans and we just need to grow together Remember America is for everyone.