For many Americans the Fourth of July is about a day off from work, barbecues, fireworks and family trips to the beach.
One Caswell County man decided to go above and beyond in reminding folks what the holiday is really about.
It’s a day hundreds of years ago when the United States gained their independence from England.
Walter Woicikowfski spent a couple of hours a few days before the holiday putting 100 miniature flags along the side of the Dotmond Road in Milton.
“We’re very fortunate to live in America,” he explained. “We do not have to worry about daily terrorist situations like other countries around the world. We have the freedom and independence to live a decent life thanks to our Founding Fathers and to the men and women who selflessly join the military willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice.”
“I hope when people drive by they take a moment to reflect on how lucky and blessed we are to be Americans” he continued. “There’s so much division in this country that sometimes the negativity causes more hate than acceptance.”
Woicikowfski said he had no inclination of putting up flags along the stretch of road in front of his mother’s house but felt a spiritual need to.
“I felt the spirit of God compelling me to do something patriotic and show my support to the military and my pride as an American,” he said.
“Dotmond Road is a fairly busy road and hopefully these flags will grab the attention of those driving by. I can’t say it enough, but we are truly blessed to live in America and we need to show more patriotism and learn to get along with our fellow Americans despite their race and religion.”
Although, he never served in the military his father did and so did other members of his family.
For him doing this was his way of giving back to those who served.
He hopes to add bigger flags next year and keep the tradition going.
“I knew I needed a large quantity of flags quickly and I needed them to be affordable, but I am already considering doing it again next year,” Woicikowfski said. “This was my first year doing this and I hope that I have made a positive impact in the community.”