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Volunteers raise 80-foot by 50-foot American flag

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It was a grand salute to Independence Day as the largest U.S. flag in Saginaw was raised on Monday.

David Diehl came to help raise the flag. It took a crane and several hundred people on the Anderson Street Bridge to get the flag waving. Diehl said the flag means so much.

"People don't realize that the freedom we have is at a cost and the flag represents that," he said.

Bill Giorgis, board member for the Saginaw fireworks, said this is the second year for the 200 pound flag and getting it up is no easy task.

"It's a big effort and it involves everyone in our community. Anyone that wants to help can and is welcome to. It's just a great thing to help put our community together," Giorgis said.

He said the flag is about the size of 12 school buses.

The 50-foot by 80-foot flag takes a lot of volunteers to put up, but they said they are happy to do it.

"Really proud. This world would not work if it did not have volunteers," Becky Meeker said.

Giorgis said he hopes to bring back the flag every Fourth of July.

Diehl said he will be there and encourages others to help out too.

"People gotta realize that you don't always have to get paid to do something. If you see something that needs to be done, just do it," Diehl said.

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