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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
For more than 20 years artist Scott LoBaido has painted his way across the nation as his tribute to America's veterans.
"I'm returning the gift that they have given me which is my awesome freedom that I worship to express myself," said LoBaido.
LoBaido's gift is a three dimensional painting of the American flag. In this case in Cedar Falls, it's 72 feet wide and 33 feet high. LoBaido is painting the flag on the roof of the AMVETS Post #49 which is just off of highway 58.
"Hopefully by the end of the week, definitely by the end of the week, it would cause a couple accidents up on the highway. It's going to be powerful."
Terry Scheffert with the post said they are honored to host LoBaido on their roof.
"The planes will be able to see it in the air and that you can it see it from both sides of the highway which is amazing," said Scheffert.
As for LoBaido, this isn't his first American flag painting nor the most unusual canvas.
"Thousands and thousands. On canvasses, on cars, on rooftops," said LoBaido.
LoBaido wanted to paint the American flag specifically for injured EOD Tech and Cedar Falls native Taylor Morris.
"Thank you dude! Thank you! Thank you for my gift and this if for you in exchange," said LoBaido.
You can see LoBaido in action this weekend, doing a speed painting of the flag, opening for the Lieutenant Dan Band at Gateway Park Saturday night.
All proceeds from the concert will go towards an adapted smart home for Taylor Morris.
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