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September 6, 2011 > Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes Forever

Known as "Old Glory" and the Star-Spangled Banner, a lasting symbol of the United States of America has flown proudly over the nation in many sizes and different configurations, but one of the largest will emerge on a hillside of the greater Tri-City area on September 11 to commemorate the sacrifices of many that day 10 years ago at the World Trade Center as well as others who have served to preserve our way of life. Challenged many times and in many different ways, the flag is still symbolic of national resolve.

Hayward resident and Air Force veteran Tom Ballard, has vowed to remember those who have sacrificed and served the United States of America. In October 2001, he painted a massive U.S. flag on the hillside behind his home and now, on the tenth anniversary of 911, he will do it again, using vinyl strips instead of paint. This 6,500 square foot flag, constructed of 8,000 square feet of vinyl, 1,000 grommets and 1,000 stakes will be visible throughout the Bay Area. Its measurements will coincide exactly with the dimensions an official U.S. flag and those used for the first rendition... 123' by 65'.

The $5,000 cost of materials is a heavy burden, but Tom has pledged to see this through; he is asking for help from the community to transport and assemble the flag on Saturday, September 10. Financial contributions are also important to assure completion of the flag project.

For more information and inquires about how you can help, contact Tom at

Flag Installation
Saturday, Sept 10
7 a.m.
Drive flag to MacDonald Way and carry it up the hill
Meet at 31385 Hugh Way, Hayward

Flag Removal
Monday, Sept 12
Contact Tom at for details

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