It all got started for Bruce Wagner during the first Gulf War in 1991.
Bruce was in the Army in Georgia and headed home to Nebraska on a break from Ranger school. On the trip north to York, he saw many small towns all dressed up in American flags...the idea was born.
There can't be many Americans that love the stars and stripes more than Bruce, "I never get tired of handlin' flags. Sometimes when I'm driving the Avenue of Flags, I think, 'Wow, I touched everyone of those flags.'" And to this former military man, that means a lot, "Those flags represent the great veterans of our nation, the women and men that have served, lost their lives."
Bruce and his brother Matt take a lot of pride in this patriotic project. Matt says, "It's so rewarding. A lot of hard work goes into it but when you have those people that come to you and they find you when the flags first go up, they say, 'I've been waiting for it all year,' that's what makes it really worth while to know that people truly appreciate it."
Each summer from Memorial Day to Veterans Day, nearly 400 flags fly simultaneously on the south side of York.
Bruce "uh these flags are going to last approximately 7 months before they're either too faded or too torn."
Many of them each year will be brand new.
"which takes anywhere from 6 to 8 thousand dollars a year to keep this project flying."
And over the past 16 years, Bruce has relied on the generously patriotic people of Our Town York, "We've got bankers, refrigeration people, teachers, all walks of life just step up to make this project possible."
It takes 6 to 8 thousand dollars a year to operate this project and even though the funds are running low right now, Bruce believes that the gracious givers of York will come up with the money that's needed to keep this project flying high.