VENICE, FL (WWSB) - 80-year-old Bill Bowen served in the U.S. military in the 1960's. Today, he serves Venice residents by planting flags in their yards.
"I think any time a veteran sees his American flag, he straightens up a little bit more. His chest comes out a little bit more and he knows the sacrifice that he made," said Bowen.
The flags are planted around the years five patriotic holidays, including Veterans Day. It's a reminder of the sacrifices paid by those who came before us.
"So many people have died for our freedom and fought for our freedom and are still fighting," said Navy veteran Gary Boruff.
Boruff and about 100 others pay the Rotary Club $40 a year for the flags to be put out at holidays. The money goes to helping local families of troops currently deployed and disabled veterans.
"History is in front of us every day. To know there's troops in Afghanistan, there's troops in Korea, there's troops all over the world, away from home. We need to support them," said Bowen.
So if you're driving around this weekend and you see these flags… these veterans hope you'll take a moment and think about all those who sacrificed for our freedom.