American flags will be flying everywhere in the nation, as America celebrates its 242nd birthday this 4th of July.
A western New Yorker has a special love for the American flag and a very large collection.
George Ross, also known as flagman, is a veteran that served 15 years in the military police unit and served in Vietnam. He has more than 1,000 American flags and taught children about the history of America's symbol. Ross says he is also a distant relative of the women who created the original American Flag, Betsy Ross.
Ross inherited the "flagman" nickname after his father-in-law passed it down to him. He carries on the legacy with pride.
"I love the American flag, I fought for it and would die for it," said Ross.
Ross hopes people will remember the real reason for flying the flag and celebrating America's birthday this week.
"Respect the American flag and respect the Country, to honor the military and realize what they do for us", added Ross.
Ross will be featured in the Cheektowaga 4th of July parade. He will be driving his patriotic truck right behind the soldiers that lead the parade.