Neighbors put up dozens of flags for July 4th

Second year of patriotic display

TAMPA - Residents at Tampa's Woodbriar West subdivision set up a patriotic display July 4th, with 50 flags at the neighborhood's entrance, and a small flag on every mailbox.

Homeowner's association president James Blecher said the endeavor began last Independence Day, and was continued this year, after neighbors asked if there was a way the community could commemorate the holiday.

Blecher's father, 81-year-old William, was in the Army during the Korean War.  William spent much of Thursday driving around the subdivision, making sure the flags didn't fall over. He also replaced flags that went missing.

William, recounting his days in the military, said he lost several friends in the Korean War.

"Somebody comes into this community, they see these flags, they're bound to think about the vets, and the ones that didn't make it and the ones that come back," William said.

James Blecher noted that the flags were paid for by the homeowner's association and donations from Vision Ace Hardware in Odessa.

The Blechers and volunteers planned to take the flags down Thursday night.

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