He liked seeing Old Glory flying above wherever the family was stationed.
Nickels' dream was to the see the American flag throughout historic downtown Corinth on patriotic holidays.
Thanks to Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin and the City of Corinth, Nickels dream can now be seen as the stars and stripes will watch over the Veterans Day Parade and remain up until after Thanksgiving.
Between 16 to 30 two-foot by three-foot embroidered flags on light poles will return for Memorial Day and the Fourth as July as Nickels Signs and Graphics is donating products and services to the project.
"I'm very proud," said Nickels as the first flag went up Friday morning in front of Dodd Eye Clinic. "I've been pushing this for awhile."
"I wanted to contribute to this effort," added the Nickels. "It's our way of giving back."
"We are not a vendor," he said. "We are a partner with the city."
After going before several organizations with no success, Nickels credited Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin for stepping in and making the project happen.
"I am very pleased to see American flags returning to our downtown," noted Irwin. "These flags are a symbol of our great nation and all who have served to protect and preserve our freedom. It is import as a community that we remember what and who they represent."
Irwin said he is pleased the Veterans Day Parade route on Monday will be lined with flags and appreciates Nickels Signs interest and partnership.
"They saw a need and together we made it happen," said the mayor.
Fillmore and Cruise will remain the focus, noted Nickels.
"Not only is it the parade route, but those two streets have a lot of traffic," he said.
Nickels is proud to report the flags were made in America.
"We had to pay a little more, but they are made in the U.S.," he said. "That's important."