Land of the Free: Alexandria

Homes across the city were adorned with displays of patriotism over a Fourth of July weekend that was more subdued than usual due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has always been a very important holiday to our family,” said Bernadette Troy, widow of Pat Troy, an Irish immigrant and longtime Alexandria businessman. “No one was more patriotic than Pat.”

Pat Troy died in 2018 just days after presiding over the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which he founded nearly 40 years ago. His widow has continued the tradition of putting on a patriotic display at their home during various holidays, such as July 4th, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“Pat loved this country more than anyone I have ever known,” said Bernadette Troy. “He was very, very proud to be an American.”

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