WHITESBORO, TX-A Whitesboro non-profit start a new project to line the city streets with the red, white and blue for national holidays. Victoria Maranan tells us it's not only a gesture of patriotism, but a way to encourage unity among residents.
Rain or shine, Billy Lovejoy flies his flag right outside of his Whitesboro business. He said seeing the red, white and blue brings him and fellow residents, like Laura Cook, a sense of hope.
"I think anything that we do to uplift our country right now is wonderful. We need to fly that flag all the time anyway," he said.
"We have gone through a lot of changes in the past that had not been good and we're hopeful for the future," said Cook.
That's why Whitesboro Police Chief and Rotary Club member, Scott Taylor, said they decided to start a program to put American flags in front of homes and businesses to encourage patriotism.
"We just thought with the troops abroad and some of the unrest with government, we wanted to really show American unity because we can really unite under the American flag," he said.
Taylor said these flags will be installed during national holidays like Veterans' Day and the 4th of July. The Rotary will take care of the mount, the steel pole and the flag itself.
"The day of we put it out , we'll come by in the morning and we'll put the flag out. And then pack it up at dusk and put the flag back up. We take care of the storage of the flag, the care of the flag, any damage, we'll take care of that," he said.
The project doesn't come without a price. It costs $35 a year to take part, but the Rotary will cover all expenses.
"I don't know if we can afford it or not but we'll try," said Lovejoy.
"Absolutely, we'd love to," said Cook.
Taylor said they are planning to install flags just within city limits this year and expand to surrounding areas next year.
For more information and if you'd like to sign up, there are fliers at Whitesboro City Hall. The link is also below.