Friday, August 6, 2010

Old Glory, Deemed Graffiti And Painted Over, Repainted

Consider this a belated follow up to the first post.

"Giordano, 44, said he drove 100 miles from his home in Valley Springs (Calaveras County), intent on painting a new flag, after hearing that the mural had been painted over.

"They desecrated a memorial for 9/11. It upset me so bad," Giordano said. "I felt strongly to do something about it."

Gallagher had the same idea, and the two men met for the first time at the mural site at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. They labored until 1:30 a.m. Sunday, working into the night by flashlight.

"We decided that we weren't going to stop until it was done," Gallagher said. "It was important that the flag was flying on the Fourth of July."

Gallagher, 43, of Pleasant Hill said it was ironic that state workers would paint over the Stars and Stripes. "The flag is constantly under attack in the state of California," he said.

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