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Flagpoles in the News—October 19, 2007

The news today is all about flagpoles. Sometimes the poles are used, and sometimes they are blown down. Hmmm …

Sweet Water High School in Alabama has a new flagpole, dedicated and flying the Stars and Stripes.

SWHS dedicates flag pole
swhsflagpolededication.jpgOn a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon, the sound of taps could be heard playing from Sweet Water High School. The reason for this music was the Flag Pole Dedication Ceremony that was held Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. A crowd of about 50 people attended the ceremony which also included a 9-11 remembrance.

Principal Stan Stokley welcomed the guests and Pastor Ed Rose gave the invocation. Byron Vice of the Woodmen of the World spoke about the Woodmen of the World and their donation of flags and flag poles.

Termites, water and flagpoles don’t usually have a lot in common, unless the flagpoles are made from Douglas firs. Then you have to take pests seriously.
Winds blow down Capitol’s last flagpole

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —
jeffersoncityflagpoles.jpgThe Missouri Capitol likely will be without flags for a couple of months after winds blew down its lone remaining flagpole.

The Capitol had two 60-foot high wooden flagpoles on either side of its main entrance. Winds on Aug. 12 knocked down the west flagpole, which had supported the U.S. and prisoner-of-war flags.

After that, all the flags flew from the east pole, which previously supported the Missouri flag. But that pole blew down and damaged a tree as powerful storms moved across the state late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

The poles, which were more than 12 years old, had become weakened by water and termites, said Dave Mosby, director of the state’s Facilities Management, Design and Construction Division.

After the first pole fell, state officials suspected the second pole might also be damaged and so ordered two new aluminum flagpoles last week at a cost of about $39,000, Mosby said. It could take six-to-eight weeks for the new poles to arrive.

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