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USA Today Names Gainesville "Most Patriotic"
Posted by Whitney Thompson on July 18, 2012 | comments
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USA Today has named Gainesville the "most patriotic" city in America.

Team that visited:  Sandra McKenna of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Rick Griffin of Jonesboro, Ga. (" MidLife Road Trip")

What made it stand out:  This North Texas town, with its restored, late-19th-century downtown, "changed our definition of patriotism," the team says. "It's not just the number of flags or monuments, memorials or programs; it's not even just for the people who serve. It's how you care for the people who were fought for."

Don't miss:  Antique shopping and lunch at Sarah's on the Square for "contemporary comfort food," and a stop at the intimate, 30-acre Frank Buck Zoo to feed giraffes or mingle with flamingos. The Shady Lady, a former saloon and brothel in the heart of downtown, is now a B&B with such unique furnishings as a six-foot copper tub.

Biggest surprise:  Gainesville is the USA's only "Medal of Honor Host City," and their annual spring celebration — conceived in 2001 as a way to honor veterans —draws Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from around the country, with volunteer donations covering recipients' travel and food expenses.

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