In 2019, Lorenzo Liberti met a homeless veteran while serving meals at a food pantry with his church youth group.
The tenth grader from Lakewood Ranch, Florida, couldn't understand how someone who had served the country ended up abandoned, he says.
"He inspired me to be the change and make a difference," Lorenzo says.
Lorenzo's father wanted him to be productive over the summer, "so I started tinkering with wood," he says.
Lorenzo has made about 60 flags since he started in November. Each flag takes about 15 to 20 hours to make. That's over 1,000 hours of work he has spent carving and painting.
"We went to war against the virus. Our new soldiers are wearing scrubs instead of camouflage," he says. "I thought it would be fitting to honor our new heroes with my flags."
"I have a long waiting list of people still wanting flags," Lorenzo says.
His ultimate goal is to get a heroic flag in every house in America, including the White House, he says.