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Irondequoit Home Decorated In 200 Flags

Jul 05, 2017

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Irondequoit, N.Y. - A house on Titus Avenue is dazzling people passing by this Independence Day.

The home is decorated with 200 American flags. Anthony Polito said it's a tradition of his that started two decades ago with a just a few broad stripes and bright stars."Being patriotic, I love our country, I love the flag," said Polito. "We should look up to the flag and respect it."

Polito said he traditionally decorates his home about ten days before the 4th with the help of his grandchildren. "My grandchildren help me, and it takes about an hour to put them up because I'm kind of fussy where they go so I drive them crazy. I want to make sure they're all right."

Especially since Polito's display is right along the Irondequoit Parade Route. New flags are added every year, and every year more people go to the Polito home to celebrate Independence Day.

"This is tradition for us. We've been coming here for years," said family member Andrea Albert. "Living in America is a great thing and sometimes people take it for granted, how much freedom we have here. To take the time to celebrate this is a pretty big thing. I really think you have to take the time and think about how lucky we are to live here."

First responders, police officers, firefighters and the marching band were among those that paraded through Tuesday afternoon.

Right across the street, Jon Gonzalez told 13WHAM he is watching the parade with his family for the first time, with the best seat in the house.

"It's just all about getting together with family and friends and appreciating everything we have and feeling very blessed," said Gonzalez while admiring Polito's American flags. "I got my little two-year-old son who's gonna see his first 4th of July parade, so that's really exciting too. Maybe this is a new tradition, we start today and come out here every year."

Polito says most of all he loves the American flag for the rights it represents. "Freedom. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom to be alive. Freedom to do what we want to do in this country."