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Gulfport veteran completes patriotic house makeover

"The only thing I didn't get painted was Little Buddy. He was too quick. But he's got his red, white, and blue bandana on so he's ready for it," Totterer said of his dog. (Photo source: WLOX) "The only thing I didn't get painted was Little Buddy. He was too quick. But he's got his red, white, and blue bandana on so he's ready for it," Totterer said of his dog. (Photo source: WLOX)
Eighteen months and more than 60 gallons of red, white, and blue paint later, David Totterer's house couldn't be more ready for America's birthday. (Photo source: WLOX) Eighteen months and more than 60 gallons of red, white, and blue paint later, David Totterer's house couldn't be more ready for America's birthday. (Photo source: WLOX)
For Totterer, the decorations were more than just about celebrating a holiday. He wanted to remind the men and women in uniform that they are remembered and appreciated each day of the year. (Photo source: WLOX) For Totterer, the decorations were more than just about celebrating a holiday. He wanted to remind the men and women in uniform that they are remembered and appreciated each day of the year. (Photo source: WLOX)
Totterer relied on the help of his friends and neighbors to complete the decorations at his residence. (Photo source: WLOX) Totterer relied on the help of his friends and neighbors to complete the decorations at his residence. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

You've, no doubt, saw many people sporting the stars and stripes Saturday on their vehicles, clothes, and homes. For one Gulfport resident, simply flying old glory in front of his house is not enough.

A patriotic project that David Totterer started over a year ago is finally complete just in time for a colorful Independence Day. It started out as a little paint on the sides of the driveway, and a mailbox decorated in red, white, and blue.

"Next thing I know, I'm painting the fence, I'm painting the outside of the house, I'm painting the inside, and now everything's painted," said Totterer.

Now, 18 months and 60 plus gallons of red, white, and blue paint later, David Totterer's house couldn't be more ready for America's birthday.

"I painted the cabinets, my bar. It's got the stars and stripes on it," he said.

There's not a square inch in Totterer's house that you won't find boasting the star spangled banner.

"I got three bedrooms. They're all painted red, white, and blue. All the bathrooms and everything like that. All done," said Totterer.

There is one thing he didn't get to cover in the colors, but he's not holding his breath.

"The only thing I didn't get painted was Little Buddy. He was too quick. But he's got his red, white, and blue bandana on so he's ready for it," he said while motioning to his dog he had cradled in his arm.

For Totterer, the decorations were more than just about celebrating a holiday. He wanted each day of the year to remind the men and women in uniform of one thing.

"That America still loves them and appreciates them and loves everything that they've done for this country," said Totterer.

He knows the sacrifices that people in the armed forces make first hand. He spent 21 years in the Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran going through his own health and financial struggles.

"We need help now, we come home, we're wounded, we're poor, we're homeless, we're on the street. So, now's the time to step up for us," he said.

Totterer relied on the help of his friends and neighbors to complete the decorations at his residence. Even if some call his house over the top, he hopes that he can bring awareness to the problems our veterans face when they come home.

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