TradeWinds to host sixth annual “Terry Cloth Tribute” | Community Spirit
In a show of symbolic support of our troops and the Fourth of July holiday, TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach will use 975 colored towels to create a giant 13 star flag mosaic - the original Betsy Ross flag - along the beachfront behind the resort on Monday, July 4.
This creative and inspiring tribute was the brainchild of Bob McManaway, director of plant operations and support services and veteran of the Armed Forces, who envisioned dyeing TradeWinds beach towels red and blue, which combined with white towels, create this memorable display.
Guests will lay down the towels to form a mosaic of the original flag, while 13 of TradeWinds younger guests will pose as the stars on the flag, representing the original 13 colonies.
TradeWinds is also offering guests the opportunity to send a message to our troops overseas, either by signing a giant banner, writing a letter or coloring a picture. The message site is on the beach adjacent to the flag, and will be open from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
In the spirit of supporting our soldiers overseas, TradeWinds is accepting donations for care packages to be sent to active military. Donations will also be accepted at the hotel’s activity center throughout the weekend. For ideas on what to donate, please visit www.carepackageproject.com/carepkg-project-needs-list-print.asp for a list of accepted items.
The flag’s construction will begin at 9 a.m. Once created, the flag will stay on the beach until 1 p.m., weather permitting.