Gainesville deemed 'Most Patriotic'

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

GAINESVILLE, TX -- A big announcement today has one Texoma city celebrating their pride in the red white and blue.

Gainesville has been deemed the most patriotic city in America.
The city had to compete against six others, and it came out on top.

After weeks of competition, Rand McNally finally announced Gainesville, Texas as the 'Most Patriotic' city in America.
Gainesville residents can't hide their excitement about the new title.

"We were sitting by the computer watching the live video stream and you could just... It was just so exciting," Gainesville resident Donna Wells said.

"We know what we have here is special, but now other people are going to know that what we have here is special, and that's a big deal," said resident Donna Hertel.

"All of Gainesville has decorated up the downtown shops and that's pretty much tradition," resident Vance Wells said.

The competition first included a social media challenge, which the city took by storm.

"We just put the word out 'we need comments' and then there would just be hundreds of comments online about how great we are, and we had to be the most patriotic," said Chamber of Commerce Director Lynette Pettigrew.

Next, a group of Rand McNally judges visited, and were able to see the city sporting it's red, white and blue and more than 200 kids riding their festive bikes in a parade.

Another aspect that pushed the city to the top, they are the only Medal of Honor host city. Each year hundreds of veterans are honored.

"The city does so many amazing things for our veterans always," Hertel said.

Here in Gainesville, patriotism is taught at very young age.

"We're growing up a generation that has respect for country, and duty, and honor and patriotism. So, we're raising patriots right here in our community," Pettigrew said.

"I just, I'm very proud and honored that I got to be a part of something like this, and what our town does," said recent high school graduate, Abbey Wells.

Gainesville will be featured in a special 'Best of the Road' episode on the Travel Channel. It aires July 25th.
There aren't any celebration plans just yet, but Pettigrew assured they are going to plan something special.

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  • by Mindy on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    Was this "phone-in" voting? Gainesville?? Really?? Wow....REALLY???
  • by dsa Location: Texas on Jul 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
    Funny, the "Inditement and Sentencing" columns in the Gainesville Register are full of drug charges and sentences for drug prossesson, drug distribution, drug manufacturing, however the city fathers as well as the police deot deny there is a problem. The town has big problems with gangs, drug runners and illegal immigrants, however the city fathers deny these problems exist also. Many of us in Cooke County are very proud of our Country, the USA, however, not too proud of Gainesville.
  • by Texas Location: Sherman on Jul 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    I thought Gainesville would be the drug and or gang capital of America. When we drive through it seems so trashy.
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      by T on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:28 AM in reply to Texas
      I can't see where a person from Sherman has any right to call ANY other town trashy. Sherman is the armpit of North Texas.
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      by Just saying on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:47 AM in reply to Texas
      To texas, Gainesville ie a great place to live and sure, there are some areas of town we are not to proud of but don't all cities. So if gainesville looks that trashy too you and we win awards such as this, I can only imagine what your city looks like. Congratulations Gainesville!
  • by Woody Location: Gainesville on Jul 18, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    I am so thrilled about this honor. Being the ONLY Medal of Honor Host City and now this shows just how patriotic we are. I am old enough to remember whyen Camp Howze was here and we were patriotic way back then and it ihas never stopped.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM in reply to Woody
      Hmmm. the last time I was in Gainesville I saw no fewer than five vehicles with SECEDE bumper stickers, and I was just passing through.
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        by Billy Bob Thornton@Windom on Jul 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM in reply to Anonymous
        Maybe they were also.
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        by T on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:27 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Odd...I live in Gainesville, always have, and yet I've never seen any of these "Secede" bumper stickers you speak of in the town..
  • by MrBill Location: Texoma on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
    Gainesville? Seriously? It must be some kind of mistake. I haven't lived there in nearly six years; but when I did, it would've been a red, white, and green flag. The flag could've possibly had some type of bird on it. Maybe things have changed there. Good.
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