Man drapes flag over Cloverdale overpass

Posted at 10:29 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 00:29:24-04

 "It became an annual thing for me is it's my way of remembering, my way of giving back a little bit," said Robert Diaz, Treasure Valley resident. 

He's been through some hard times, but that doesn't stop him from being thankful for the country that we live in.

"I got sick so you know I'm not as prosperous as I was but you know what else but America you know can live so well with so little. You know, I got my family, I got my grandkids , I got my kids, I got purpose, I got my family, you know where else can you be so rich." 

Every year on on September 11th, he drapes a flag over an overpass.

"I'm grateful you know for where I live and far I've gone you know what I've done for my country and what my country has helped me with." 

This year, the Cloverdale overpass holds special significance after a wreck on I-84 at the overpass killed four individuals, three of them service members out of Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Diaz says this year's flag draping has been well received by passers by. 

"That's one of the reasons why I'm up here. People they might catch a glimpse and that's fine or they might honk you know and that's fine too so I'm just happy it made their moment a little bit, just kind of brighten their day a little bit you know kind of remind them what it's all about." 

He hopes it will give people a renewed sense of patriotism. 

"As long as it helps people remember that you know we still live in a terrific place, I'm all the happier for it."