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Tom Clark Gnome - Fly Boy

One of five Woodspirits showing their support for the brave men and women of the armed forces. Together, they salute the five branches of the United States military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Each Woodspirit has pickets in front of him to symbolize that he stands behind "De-Fense." They were created during the Persian Gulf crisis February of 1991. Beginning in 1992, these fellows now don the patriotic red, white, and blue ribbons. This gnome displays the yellow ribbon to say to those who serve their country, "We're thinking of you and want you to come home soon.". Flyboy is looking into the sky, hoping that the Thunderbirds (the Air Force precision flying team) will soar by. Or maybe he'll spot a falcon, the mascot of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The aviation badge on his fence is worn by command pilots, the twentieth century "flyboys". His buckeye, a symbol of good luck, honors Ohio, the buck-eye state and birthplace of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Flyboy's penny is dated 1903, the year of the Wright Brothers' first flight.

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