I first saw Scott LoBaido on NBC
He’s a very patriotic New York artist who’s
spent 25 years painting the American flag. His work has appeared
on rooftops, schools, and even on New York fire stations and
police precincts after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
2010, he painted a 3½ acre flag on a rooftop in Houston, making
it so big that it can be seen by astronauts in space.
For 2015, his mission is to paint the flag on a VFW or American
Legion post in all 50 states.
Imagine my surprise when I
walked out of a Nashville gas station Saturday and ran into him.
He’d made it to 44 states and wanted to paint a VFW in
Tennessee this week so he could include the names of the Navy
sailor and 4 Marines murdered in Chattanooga.
I tried to
make a donation to help offset his expenses, but he refused to
accept it. (While he has sponsors, he’s still making tremendous
sacrifices to do this).
As I reached out to shake his
hand, he said he had paint all over him and didn’t want to get
any on me. I explained that it would be a privilege to have that
paint on my hands.
When I took his picture, I noticed
the red, white and blue paint stains on his shirt. Chills ran
down my spine as I realized I had just shaken the hand of a
modern day Betsy Ross and Norman Rockwell rolled up into one.
When our impromptu interview ended, I got choked up and
asked myself “How do you say goodbye to someone like that?” I
said the only thing I could think of, which was, “You, sir, are
one great American. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
as meager as it is, I’m using this week’s column to recognize
and honor this man who has spent 25 years recognizing and
honoring the veterans who served our country.
visit Scott’s website at
www.ScottLoBaido.com or email him at
To Your Success,
It comes as no surprise that Scott is
brimming over with pride, contentment, happiness, and
self-esteem. He understands the secret to having these is to
find something bigger than yourself to serve. If you’re not as
content, happy, confident, or proud of yourself as you’d like to
be, follow his lead. You don’t have to do it on such a big scale,
just as long as it’s something bigger than you.
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