VIDEO: Legends gives back in a small way with a big flag

While the landscape of Second Street finds itself with far fewer people, it did pick up one very big flag on Wednesday, April 1. No joke.

Legends unfurled a 30-foot-by-20-foot American flag that takes up most of the iconic sports bar’s facade. Co-owner Eric Johnson said he has been so overwhelmed with the way the community has supported his and other restaurants in Belmont Shore that he wanted to “give back.” Suggestions of dining specials just didn’t seem to send the message Johnson wanted. And then, “like a lightning bolt,” it hit him.

He wanted to put up the biggest American flag he could find to say thank you as well as to assure everyone that “we’re all going through this.”

Coincidentally, the flag is roughly the same size as the massive projection television inside the bar, so large it has to be folded at the bottom to remain on the facade.

Johnson said it’s a natural fit given that “Legends is all about being big.”

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.