Since tragedy struck our nation on September 11th, Americans have banned together in support of our president, our troops, and our freedom. And as we approach the 4th of July holiday, evidence of that patriotism can be seen all over town.
Ashley Stacy introduces us to one Lubbock man who is proving he is "Proud to be American."
Bob Veach may not be a household name, but if you said, you know that flag waver, everyone would say, oh, that guy. Almost everyday for the last four months Veach has stood in front of the freedom fountain proudly waving the American flag.
"It was the beginning of our conflict to remove Saddam Hussein from power and I just wanted to come out and show support for the President and the troops during what was happening and be a positive influence and remind people what was going on and maybe encourage them to help support the President and the troops," Bob Veach said.
The first day was his longest, Veach said his adrenaline took over and he waved to passers by for 12 hours straight. "I get a great response, people will give me a thumbs up and a lot will honk and I'll snap out off a salute if they give me a honk. A lot of people stop and give me free gifts," said Veach.
Veach says after months of proudly waving the American flag, he has a new sense of life and truly understands the meaning of patriotism.
"To me it means being supportive of the Country, our armed forces, the President, especially in times of national crisis and need. I'm proud to be an American because I think America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, with more freedom and more opportunity for someone who is willing to apply them self then any other country on earth," Veach said.
Veach has applied to work in the office of Homeland Security, and he has been approved. But he is currently holding out for a job in Lubbock.