SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Just one day ahead of Independence Day, the City of Savannah raised the largest American Flag in the city limits at one of the busiest intersections.
It's the first phase of a monument to our nation's heroes.
A crowd gathered Tuesday morning at Abercorn Extension and the Truman Parkway to be a part of a very special moment in time - the raising of the largest American Flag that has ever been displayed in the city.
Alderman Tony Thomas spearheaded this project that was paid for with SPLOST funds. It's just the first phase of Veterans Memorial Park, the first memorial on the south side.
"We wouldn't be here doing this today if it wasn't for the men and women who are in our armed forces today, especially for men and women in this crowd today. Veterans have stood the line for us so that we can enjoy the freedom - freedom that this flag represents," Thomas told the crowd.
Mayor Eddie Deloach says in spite of our differences on the issues, this flag unites us all.
"We are in a special nation, folks. We might fight like kids. We might fight like family, but when it comes down to it, you mess with one, you mess with all of us," the mayor said.
The flag will serve as a reminder of our nation's strength in times of tragedy and triumph.
"I still believe our greatest times ahead of us. I still believe this great nation has great days ahead of us, because of our great military, great vets, and our great forefathers, we will be reminded every time we drive by here just how much we have to be thankful for in this great nation," Congressman Buddy Carter said.
Once the park is finished, it will include an honor garden, benches, landscaping, and parking.