Artist, Scott LoBaido, Coming to Gulfport as Part of his 50 State “Painting Flags Across America Tour”

Celebrated artist, Scott LoBaido, who calls the American flag "the greatest piece of artwork ever created," together with his aptly named vehicle, Betsy, fully loaded with LoBaido’s painting supplies, are on a mission: Undertaking an arduous six month national tour to paint the Stars and Stripes on an American Veterans Post building in all 50 states.

Come March 10th, LoBaido will enter Gulfport, MS on his "Painting Flags Across America, Celebrating America, Thanking Our Veterans Tour," sponsored by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, Behr Paint, and CitiQuiet Windows.

The public is invited to come out and cheer LoBaido on as he creates his special tribute at VFW Post 2539 2518, 23rd Ave. from March 10th-12th in Gulfport, MS.

Then, from cities in New Hampshire to Nevada to California and points in between, LoBaido will be taking his love for the American flag all across the country.

When John R. Harker, the great-great-great-great grandson of Betsy Ross, learned of LoBaido’s quest, he said, “I want to congratulate Scott on…his tour, and I am pleased he will be celebrating the American flag, the spirit in which it was first designed, and what it represents–honoring our veterans, who are true American patriots protecting our freedoms for over 238 years… It is also fitting that he will design and paint American flags from his small, simply outfitted ‘Betsy’ pick-up truck, much as Betsy sewed her flags from a similar small, simply outfitted, room in her Arch St. home on the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia. Scott LoBaido and Betsy Ross are both true artisans and patriots in their respective crafts and eras.”

Through his paintings, LoBaido is also interested in drawing the public’s attention to the fact that in addition to the middle-aged and senior-citizen men and women we typically think of when we hear the word "veteran," there’s a huge population of Gen X’ers and Millennials who also should be publicly acknowledged and saluted.

Says LoBaido, "There are over two million veterans who are younger than 35, and who are no longer in the military. These 20 and 30 somethings should be celebrated for volunteering, under the toughest circumstances possible, to defend us. I thought now was the ideal time for Americans to focus on what these millions of young men and women did. In my mind there is no more fitting way to do that than to paint the flag on the very buildings dedicated to their service."

For more information about the "Painting Flags Across America,
Celebrating America, Thanking Our Veterans" tour go to:

About Artist Scott LoBaido:
*One network television news program named him their "Person of the Week" in acknowledgment of his artistry and mission
*He has painted the Stars and Stripes over 1,000 times as part of his personal tribute to the flag and veterans
*He was commissioned by NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Brad Keselowski, to paint an American flag
*He uses external latex paint in nine different colors and employs paint brushes and rollers
*From June 14th-July 4th, 2010, LoBaido completed a painting of the "World’s largest version of Old Glory" (150,000 sq. ft., 3.5 acres) on a factory rooftop in Houston, TX.

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