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"These Colors Don't Run"


by Glenn Shepard
August 4, 2015
Category:  Motivation & Inspiration


Kingsport, TN Aug 12

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Scott LoBaido
Scott LoBaido, Patriot and Artist

Scott LoBaido

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I first saw Scott LoBaido on NBC Nightly News.

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.

In 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.”

So 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.

You can visit Scott’s website at  or email him at .

To Your Success,

P.S. 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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