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Patriotic artist travels 50 states to thank veterans

Mississippi is stop number seven on Scott LoBaido's 50 state tour. (Photo source: WLOX) Mississippi is stop number seven on Scott LoBaido's 50 state tour. (Photo source: WLOX)
LoBaido said it takes 2-4 days to complete one flag. (Photo source: WLOX) LoBaido said it takes 2-4 days to complete one flag. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Scott LoBaido found his calling as an artist many years ago, and it had something to do with his patriotism to the United States of America.

"I love my freedom. I love it dearly. As an artist I get to express myself as I see fit, and you can pretty much only really do that here in America," said LoBaido.

In an effort to salute our nation's veterans, LoBaido decided to travel the U.S. painting a flag on one veterans' post in every single state.

"The reason that I have this is the men and women underneath the roofs of these buildings. They made this sacrifice for me, and I take it to heart. So this is my little way of serving, because I never served to say thank you," said LoBaido.

LoBaido wouldn't be able to afford this cross country tour without his sponsors, which include Home Depot, Behr, CitiQuiet Windows, and Tunnel to Towers Foundation. He is proud to say his sponsors are just as patriotic as he is. LoBaido hopes that his desire to honor our nation's finest will rub off on someone else.

"Hopefully this will bring some recruitment and attention and other people will volunteer. Like, 'Hey, you know I do roofing. I had a good month. You need some work done?' That's what patriotism is all about," said LoBaido.

LoBaido refers to Old Glory as the greatest piece of artwork ever created. He uses several different shades of red, white, and blue to create a nearly 3D image of the flag waving in the wind.

"It's just magical. That's why this flag is so important, ya know, and I just fell in love with it. So, I guess it was my calling or my mission to bring her back to life and what she really means," said LoBaido.

At the end of his tour, LoBaido will auction off his hand painted car. The proceeds will go to Building for America's Bravest.

You can follow Scott's cross country tour on his website: www.scottlobaido.com

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