More than 300 American flags line a street in North Fresno

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It's a fitting tribute to our American heroes, Blackstone in North Fresno now dawns red white and blue. (KFSN)

It's a fitting tribute to our American heroes, Blackstone in North Fresno now dawns red white and blue.

"People constantly stopping us asking, or honking, supporting us,
saluting us, so it's really an honor for us to be chosen to do this," said Staff Sergeant Sergio Rubio.

Staff Sergeant Rubio and eight other soldiers spent several days preparing two trucks filled with 350 American flags.

"It's not just people saying, they're showing us. They really do care," said Staff Sergeant Sergio Rubio.

Riders with Chapter 509 of the American Legion, comprised of veterans, their children, and spouses in partnership with the city and the 1072nd Army National Guard unit are making this possible.

It started almost 10 years ago while setting flags in preparation for the memorial parade downtown.

The organizers of Operation Flag Fresno said the annual effort is to honor our veterans as well as show our patriotism. This is the first year 350 lamp posts from Olive to Audobon line Blackstone to remind people the meaning of Memorial Day.

"Everyone loves holidays, but Memorial Day signifies the loss of our veterans and the purpose of why were able to do what we can do today," said Anthony Bernal, Army veteran.

"When they drive down Blackstone, remember all the men and women who gave them their opportunity and gave their lives so they have the opportunity to the things they do on Memorial Day," said Ken Hendrix, Army veteran.

Flags will remain up until a week after 4th of July and then they will go back up the week before Veterans Day.
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