Painting the town red, white and blue

07/08/2014 10:27 AM

07/08/2014 10:29 AM

Independence Day is a time for celebrating.

And in Trophy Club, folks annually paint the town red. And white. And blue.

Once again, Stars and Stripes resident volunteers planted over 35,000 American flags, each a dozen feet apart, along Trophy Club roadways to celebrate the Fourth of July.

“The Stars and Stripes movement in Trophy Club has spread across the community and has made a huge impact on the town’s annual Independence Day Celebration activities,” said Mayor Nick Sanders. “This is the third year for Stars and Stripes to plant flags, and I am so proud of the tradition the residents have created to honor our nation.”

The project includes over 600 volunteers — men, women and children from all over Trophy Club. They load up wagons, bicycles, golf carts and backpacks with American flags to place throughout town at the five entrances, along the major thoroughfares, and streets in most neighborhoods.

Street captains are assigned sections of Trophy Club for planting and harvesting. Each street captain has volunteer groups to help with the planting. Then the day after, the same folks gather the flags and block captains store them for next year.

The mission is to unite the town in patriotic spirit and pride while providing an opportunity for residents to get out and work together to showcase Trophy Club as a proud American township.

And to think, the idea came about through a couple of neighbors, Michelle Reed and Jeannette Tiffany, simply holding a conversation.

“It started out as an idea between two neighbors, and now the entire town has embraced the symbolism and pride in planting flags throughout Trophy Club,” said Tiffany, who co-founded Stars and Stripes with Reed. “For me, it’s about doing something that impacts the community in such a beautiful way, and allows everyone in town to rally around an idea that benefits everyone.”

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