One Family Brewing in Lovettsville installs cross and flags to honor fallen heroes

Sean Dunn, left, and David Keuhner on Friday installed a cedar cross built by Flags of Valor and hundreds of flags to honor fallen military members at One Family Brewing in Lovettsville.

When David Keuhner, owner of the soon-to-be-built One Family Brewing in Lovettsville, heard Memorial Day ceremonies would be cancelled due to COVID-19, he wanted to do something to honor and remember the men and women who have served their country.

On Friday, in the field at One Family Brewing off Berlin Turnpike near West End Motors, now stands a wooden cedar cross, built by a combat veteran at Flags of Valor in Ashburn.

Around the cross are more than 400 flags sponsored by families in memory of loved ones.

"We wanted to do something to honor and remember and let people know we haven't forgotten. I usually do flags in my front yard in Aldie and thought it would be cool to put them here too," Keuhner said.

The cedar cross was erected with the help of his longtime friend Sean Dunn. They dug a three-foot hole and poured concrete to provide a permanent place for the cross.

In 2019, Keuhner bought the 27-acre property with plans to bring a farm-to-table brewery to Lovettsville, hopefully in the next year or two, he said.

His Memorial Day project has been sponsored by 600 families thus far. Word of the initiative has quickly spread, and 200 new sponsors were added Friday morning. Keuhner said his goal is 1,000, but he will keep adding flags as long as there is interest.

"I will put them out and we will have a name reading for all the families who have sponsored a flag on Memorial Day," Keuhner said.

More information can be found via onefamilybrewing.com.

(32) comments

Guest

Welcome to Lovettsville... where everyone thinks all people are Christian. I agree, a big American flag followed by the smaller flags would of been nice. It is what it is... I rather see the “pot stirring” local gun shop owner be shut down. Now he’s worth being upset about!

I wish the brewery well. I hope they have great food and great beer!

P.S. l live in Lville and have for 30 years!

Jeanne T

Those complaining about only crosses being put up on this private property (did I say private??) can surely put up something else on their own property instead of complaining about what this company has done.

amerigirl

You mentioned private but the article says it is a company's property, not private but a business open to the public. Had he put it at his home it would have been on private property and who would have a problem with that?

Jeanne T

FTA: "When David Keuhner, owner of the soon-to-be-built One Family Brewing in Lovettsville, heard Memorial Day ceremonies would be cancelled due to COVID-19, he wanted to do something to honor and remember the men and women who have served their country.......In 2019, Keuhner bought the 27-acre property with plans to bring a farm-to-table brewery to Lovettsville, hopefully in the next year or two, he said."

Keuhner owns the property; it's his to do with what he wants, regardless if the public has access to the business. If people don't like it they don't have to frequent the new business. There is a lot of wasted breath here complaining about it, IMO.

Hope you and yours are doing well! [smile]

Jeanne T

Beautiful picture!

marv

Thank You.

Semper fi '51-'52

MAGA Morons Are Governing America

This photo, marketing a brewery, captures the essence of today's Christian Nationalists.

springerdad

Do you ever have a nice word to say? It must be a burden being perfect.

amerigirl

Your statement isn't very nice either.

springerdad

Amerigirl - What was mean? MAGA only has nasty things to post and it really gets boring.

amerigirl

springer and you saying mean things helps how? You attacked maga personally and directly.

Jeanne T

He's not perfect. He's ignorant.

springerdad

I bet you can even find something negative to say about this.

Keuhner also plans to launch the One Family Foundation, which will help individuals and families in need, whether they’re stricken by a natural disaster or can’t afford to pay for cancer treatment. Last year, One Family helped to raise more than $50,000 in cash and supplies to aid Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina, working alongside Glory Days Grill in Aldie, JK Moving and Belfort Furniture to deliver the supplies to the victims.

“I’m just a big believer that you can run a successful company and give back at the same time,” Keuhner said. “That was the whole purpose for me of what one family stands for.”

amerigirl

For sure, Muslim soldiers fought for this country in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. More recently they have served in Gulf War, Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan. Doesn't Humayun Khan (Iraq) count?

marv

They also destroyed the Twin Towers on 9-11

Loudoun1965

So in your world, anything anyone celebrates must include everyone? If it's my birthday, does that mean that if I don't include everyone, I'm not being inclusive enough for you? How do you justify calling yourself "amerigirl" if you don't include non-Americans and males? Shouldn't you be "worldperson?" What is your point?

amerigirl

Marv, Radicals destroyed the twin towers. Christians killed in the Crusades. Are you blaming all Muslims for the twin towers?

amerigirl

1965, if you want to honor fallen soldiers you should honor them all, including Muslims and Jews etc, not all people. read the article it is about soldiers not the general population.

LetFreedomRing

You say that as if it’s a bad thing. I truly feel sorry for you if you’re offended by this thoughtful and sincere display of patriotism and honor for our fallen soldiers. Maybe if you take a second look, you’ll find a little respect for the people who fought and died for your freedom to express ignorant and hateful beliefs.

amerigirl

leaving out soldiers that gave their lives for our freedom. They should not be omitted because their religion is different. The could have had just the flag on a pole. Do you know how many Jews have died in our forces? Visit the jcca organization memorandum page, they break it down by month and year and country they died in. Saying these brave people deserve as much honor as christian soldiers that have died is not ignorant or hateful, ignoring their heroic acts is. Respect all those who have died for your freedom.

RoundHillGuy

MAGA; I plan on supporting these guys with my dollars as a result of your comment alone.

amerigirl

Like that was your big deciding point? I suppose that as your form of intimidation.

Jeanne T

What do you mean?

amerigirl

Who?

Jeanne T

Where did you get the idea that Christians can't enjoy a beer on occasion?

amerigirl

Who said that?

Pac1010

What a wonderful thing they are doing. I wish more people would be that way. I just hope that they ACLU does not try to take them to court on behalf of atheist and war protesters whose feelings may have been hurt by this great act.

amerigirl

But isn't that assuming on their part that all fallen soldiers are christian? It's their property so I could care less about what they do but I do feel like they are honoring only christian soldiers and not other soldiers that have died for our country.

LetFreedomRing

Except no one said the cross had anything to do with the personal beliefs of the fallen soldiers. It’s strange that your mind automatically goes there and takes issue with it. When I saw the image and read the article, I thought that is a family who has love for their country and love for their God. How does someone look at that display and immediately assume something bad? It surely comes from something dark in one’s own heart.

marv

Why is it improper to criticize any group or body body except Christians?? Also, would

you be so vociferous or quick to disprove if someone honored the LBGTQ??

springerdad

Ameri - You should have wrote this. I could care less what they are doing but let me tell you why I think what they are doing is wrong.

Fiscalconservative

Without everything happening, it is refreshing to see some patriotism.

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