Blind Man Sees Flag Through Braille

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lorenzo Peeples got to see the American flag once again.

"It lets me know that it still hasn't changed. That's a good thing," said Peeples, as he touched the braille flag.

Peeples lost his sight 34 years ago. Today, he credited braille for giving him the chance to see again.

"Though you might be physically without sight, it doesn't mean you can't see it. There's just many forms and many ways of being able to see it," he said.

It is the gift of visualization that Randolph Cabral is trying to give to those, like Peeples, who are blind or visually impaired.

Cabral is the founder of the Kansas Braille Transcription Institute. Today, Cabral along with American Legion representatives presented two bronze braille American flags at a ceremony at West Douglas Park.

"This flag is for everyone, blind or sighted, and it will also let people know that in our country we have an American flag that everybody can see," said Cabral.

About three dozen veterans and civilians gathered to listen to patriotic music and reflect on the beauty of the star spangled banner.

"Those of us that have vision take for granted to see that symbol of hope, that symbol of prosperity, symbol of freedom. People that are visually impaired or blind, they don't have that luxury, like we do," said Michael O'Donnell, Wichita councilman.

On this Flag Day commemoration, Peeples felt blessed to see the flag again.

"I'm proud to be an American. It is a great blessing to be able to do that in braille and being able to see it," said Peeples.

The two braille flags will be displayed at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Medical Center in East Wichita.

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