With the dawn of Independence Day 2007 came a new red, white and blue tradition to Missoula's Lewis and Clark neighborhood.
While most were still sleeping, Boy Scouts from Troop 1911 delivered 3-by-5-foot American flags to 30 front yards on the streets between Sentinel High School and Dornblaser Field.
Come Labor Day, they're hoping to increase the delivery by tenfold, leaving the neighborhood awash in stars and stripes.
"It's just nice, if you are driving through town, to see American flags out for the holidays," said Danny Treichel, 13, who'll be an eighth-grader this fall at Frenchtown Junior High. "I think it's kind of neat to connect with the neighborhood that way."
"It helps the boys understand what it means to be part of a community," said Mike Maier, one of the parents overseeing the operation. "It's about serving other people."
The program works like this: For $30, Troop 1911 will deliver a U.S. flag to your yard on each of six holidays over the next year: Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.
They do all the work: Flags are delivered and posted on a white pole just after daybreak, then are retrieved just before dark and stored until the next holiday.