232 American Flags on One Marblehead Street
Marblehead's Atlantic Avenue is fast becoming one of the most patriotic stretches in Massachusetts.
You'd be hard-pressed to find another North Shore street with more American flags than Marblehead's Atlantic Avenue - which is the focus of this week's You Ask...Patch Answers column.
This week we didn't receive a question - but a challenge - from a local resident who wondered if we would be willing to go out and count the American flags on Atlantic Avenue.
They wrote: "Our family has noticed more and more flags being installed on Atlantic Avenue and our kids have even made a game out of trying to count the American flags! Might be a fun contest to ask people how many there are."
Where did they all come from?
Many were installed as part of an effort spearheaded by Ticehurst Lane resident Katie Reilly who said she dreamed of driving down Atlantic Avenue and seeing American flags at all of the houses and businesses along the way.
In March, Reilly set out to make her dream a reality and began a campaign to have American Flags installed - free of charge - at homes and businesses along the route.
After hand-delivering more than 150 letters, Reilly said she received responses from 61 residents and 10 local business owners - all of whom said they'd be happy to have a flag installed.
"The responses were heartfelt messages on my home phone saying how thrilled and honored they would be to fly our American flag," Reilly said, adding that she enjoyed getting to know those who responded.
Reilly said the effort to have the flags installed would have never gotten off the ground without the help of Randy Krivitsky, who volunteered to put them up, and David Rodgers, head of the Marblehead Veterans Administration.
"I really want to spend the rest of my life saying thank you to our troops," Reilly said. "This is just a fun way I thought we could do that."
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