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Patriotic Irving Residents Put Up Over 40,000 U.S. Flags

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IRVING - Feeling patriotic around the 4th of July?  Probably not as much as Irving residents.  Over 300 volunteers in the city will plant over 40,000 American flags in front of homes in Irving for the 2015 Great Flag Caper.  You may be surprised how this flag fever got started.

More than 22 years ago, Nell Anne Hunt moved into her Irving neighborhood and wanted to do something special to celebrate the 4th.

"So I decided on the 4th of July that I would get a couple hundred flags and put them in people's yards to make an concentric circle around my house," Hunt said.

Well, her neighbors loved it so much that the next year, she got 400 flags.

"And then the whole neighborhood said, 'It's so wonderful we'll help you do the whole neighborhood,'" Hunt said.

The red, white, and blue fever caught on with all the surrounding neighborhoods and eventually spread  through the entire city.

"As you can tell from my voice, it puts a frog in my throat to see all the flags and the support for our country,"  Rick Lindsey, who's lived in Irving since 1981, said.

Don McGee has lived in the same house for over 45 years and is proud how his community comes together.

"It just really touches your heart," McGee said.

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