Photo courtesy of Joyce Wood.
0812 Linkside FlagsTom Wood and Bill Legg organized their neighbors to display American flags for the Fourth of July.
As veterans of World War II, Greystone residents Bill Legg, a former Navy captain, and Tom Wood, a former Army Staff Sergeant, wanted to make sure that their community displayed patriotism on the Fourth of July. They had recently read a letter about how few homes displayed an American flag.
“This country has become very unpatriotic. It’s a shame,” Legg said.
Legg and Wood wrote letters explaining their goal for everyone to display American flags on their mailboxes and sent them to every resident in their 34- home community, Linkside.
“Everyone thought it was a great idea,” Wood said.
One neighbor offered to pay for flags for every home so that they would all match. Legg and Wood also decided to buy a sign for the front of the neighborhood that read, “Happy Birthday America.”
From July 1 through 4, the community had 100 percent participation.
“Even the people who went out of town were kind enough to put up their flags before they left,” Legg said.
Legg and Wood hope to have the same response for the upcoming Labor Day holiday as well as all patriotic holidays in the future.