A local July 4th tradition continues this year.
Just days before the community celebrates the anniversary of our nation’s independence, Silvia Madriaga, a local real estate agent at ResortQuest Real Estate, and her band of flaggers hit the streets placing more than 1,000 flags in front of homes in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
Each year for more than 19 years, Madriaga has placed her flags with note cards saying “Happy Birthday America!" in front of mailboxes in neighborhoods throughout the area. Homeowners have come to expect this and even keep the keepsakes year after year to add them to the display.
Flags line the streets and bring a sense of community to the area.
"We go walking with stacks of flags in our arms," Madriaga said. "We get cheers and waves from passersby. We look forward to putting the flags out and people look forward to seeing them."
The flags instill a sense of patriotism around town. It’s a little hot out, but worth the work, Madriaga said, adding that it is heartwarming to know that patriotism is alive and well in the local area.
“We enjoy it every year!" she said.