NY Artist Visits Gulfport to Paint American Flag on VFW

A New York artist is leaving his mark across the states by painting American flags to honor veterans. News 25 caught up with ‘America’s Artist,’ Scott LoBaido, during his stop in Gulfport.

LoBaido is touring 50 states in six months, painting American flags on National Guard buildings and VFWs. It’s his way of giving back to those who have sacrificed the most, one building at a time. LoBaido says, "I’ve been an artist my whole life and about 25 years ago, I fell in love with Old Glory, the American flag, and I decided that would be my calling, to recreate the flag big and beautiful, three dimensional on the sides of schools and buildings and on canvases."

LoBaido is nationally recognized for his work on the American flag, which he calls "the greatest piece of artwork ever created." He arrived in Gulfport Tuesday, driving his hand painted, American themed car, which he calls Betsy.

Although LoBaido has never served in the military, he feels that painting flags all across America is his way of giving back. He says, "Everyone comes here and I meet cultures. That’s what we are. We are a clash of cultures. That’s what America is, so she’s worth fighting for. These men and women do it, so I’m here to support them and say we are grateful for how you are defending and keeping us free."

Gulfport is his sixth stop and rain or shine, he plans to liven up the entire VFW Post 2539 wall with one of his flag murals. Post commander, Lewis Wormeley, took one look at LoBaido’s work and was all in. Wormeley says, "Everybody looks for something like a bench marker, something significant to the area, and when you tell them, ‘Well, you know the building with the big flag on the front?’ They will remember that."

LoBaido does not take any money or donations for his travels, but he is sponsored by businesses such as Home Depot and Behr Paint to cover his costs. He expects to finish his patriotic piece on the VFW Post 2539 this Thursday. LoBaido’s hand painted car, Betsy, is up for auction during his tour and the highest bidder’s contribution will go towards Building for America’s Bravest, an organization that builds smart homes for veterans with amputations.

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