June 01, 2017
As the sun rises Monday on another Memorial Day, it will capture the red, white and blue of more than 1,700 flags blanketing the Solivita retirement community in northeast Polk County. “I like to think of Solivita to be the most patriotic community in the state of Florida,” said Dick Latham, who organized the flag display. “So far, it’s proven me right.” But the display’s purpose extends beyond patriotism, he said. Because of these flags, nine college-bound students are finding it easier to pay their school expenses.