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HOUSTON - Anthony Ciccarelli has a dream to break a record. It s of a photomosaic, but one that would be the world s largest, about the size of a football field to be exact.

The image that will be puzzled together? Soldiers raising the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, to be made up of the faces of 1 million people pledging their support for the troops.

The Corpus Christi resident thought up the idea while at Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi in 2007, he said, when his brother came back from serving in Iraq with the Air Force.

I ve always been partial to photomosaics, the way smaller images can form together to create something new, he said.

The current record-holder for the largest photomosaic in the world is held by a photomosaic of The Philippines late President Corazon Cory Aquino that measures 250 feet by 200 feet, about the size of four basketball courts and weighs in at roughly 4,000 kilos. The photo mosaic was made up of more than 3,200 photographs many simply e-mailed in by the public.

Ciccarelli has decided to take the same approach: anyone who wants their face to make up his photo mosaic of the troops can simply e-mail them to him at the project s website.

Since the idea s inception, he s been manning booths at USO events and working with local groups such as the Patriot Guard Riders and the A&M Corps to get photos.

I would like to finish it by Thanksgiving, Ciccarelli said, and hopes to have the flag unfurled during an NFL game on television.

Ciccarelli is heading to Army Officer Cadet School in September.

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