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"Flag man" decides to decorate his lawn for the last time

43 years of holiday decoration
Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 18:23:13-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — George Ross from the Town of Evans has been celebrating the Fourth of July the same way for 43 years, by putting up thousands of flags in his yard.

"It's just something I'm proud of," said Ross about the American flag.

He used to go to schools and teach kids about the flag.

"It just kept getting bigger and bigger, at one time I had 5,000 flags," said Ross.

He also drives his patriotic truck called the "Eagle 6" in the Cheektowaga Independence Day Parade. He's been doing this for so long, he's now known as the flag man.

"I moved to Sloan and I was the Sloan flag man and now I'm the Angola flag man," explained Ross.

Sadly, this year is the last time Ross will set up the flags.

"I'm 70 now, I got a bad hip. But the kids that helped me put it up said they'd come back next year and give me help," said Ross.

He hopes his sons will carry on the tradition. After all, it's in their blood.

"I found out that I'm a distant relative of Betsy Ross," said Ross.

The flags will be up in his yard until July 8th.