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Where’s the flag?

Published 11:19am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Patriot’s Point to receive new American flag, ropes

Patriot’s Point, at the intersection of AL Highway 63 and U.S. Highway 280, may be missing its American flag this week, but the hallmark of that crossing will be restored soon, according to officials.

“From time to time the flag becomes tattered and torn, and we have to replace it,” said Roger Holliday, vice president of Russell Lands, which is the company in charge of the flag. “In the throes of replacing the flag, we realized the ropes that lower and raise the flag need to be replaced. It has become a little bit of a bigger issue.”

Holliday said the new flag and the ropes have been ordered and should be installed by May 1.

“We are trying to get our crews scheduled for it,” Holliday said. “When the rope broke, it took a little extra thought and planning rather than running up there and putting a new flag up.”

The crews, Holliday said, will have to drive a bucket truck to the top of Patriot’s point to restring the new ropes from the top of the flag pole.

Replacing the flag, however, is nothing new for the crew.

“During the calmer months (with mild weather) we may get a couple of months out of the same flag, but in March we might go through two flags in one month,” Holliday said. “There’s a procedure to have the flag returned to the flag factory to be destroyed appropriately.”