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Highland Springs Creates the Big Wave of Red, White & Blue

July 6, 2012

Over 400 American flags placed near front entrance to celebrate Independence Day

DALLAS, TX---At 8:30 on a quiet, sun-splashed July 3rd morning, a new tradition began at Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community.
Seventy-five residents and employees created a "wave" of red, white and blue by placing 408 American flags into the ground to celebrate Independence Day.
Following the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner," the team immediately went into action.  The first 3 x 5 flags were placed between the magnolia trees of the Frankford Road entrance, and the volunteers then worked their way back to the main clubhouse.
Thirty minutes later, all 408 flags were in place, forming what some called the "Big Wave of Red, White & Blue."
The idea was the brainchild of Wally Reed, a resident of Highland Springs and an Army veteran of the Korean War.
"We have so many veterans at Highland Springs that I felt we needed to do something special to celebrate the 4th of July," described Mr. Reed.  "I talked to the campus leadership, and they immediately bought into the idea."
With the financial support of the community's Entertainment Committee, Treasure Chest and Resident Life Department, the flags were purchased in time for the event.
"I was so proud of everyone who participated.  The display looked wonderful, and I hope we started a new tradition of patriotism," stated Mr. Reed.
The community is considering doing the same for other special holidays throughout the year.
About Highland Springs: Highland Springs, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit