Flag Memorial Honors Texas Lost To COVID-19

When Shane Reilly started planting tiny flags in his yard for each Texan lost to COVID-19, he never thought he'd come close to running out of room. Sadly, that's no longer true. KXAN's Tom Miller reports.

(NBC News) — A mesmerizing field of red white and pink flags has transformed the grass in front of Shane Reilly’s Austin, Texas home into a blanket of color.

This eye-catching tribute became a daily project for Reilly starting in May.

“I thought: ‘How do I visually represent it?” Reilly said. “These are real people and there’s a lot of them.”

As of Monday, Reilly has placed more than 32,000 flags in his yard — he’s now putting out more than 200 flags every day.

“I think I started with 972,” he said. “I never thought that I’d be hunting for places to put flags.”

The field of flags is personal for Reilly. His 17-year-old son is immunocompromised and can’t afford to get sick.

Other loved ones had to fight for their lives.

“I have family members that have been hospitalized,” Reilly said. “Thankfully, no one has died.”

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