Looking up 12th Street. Click photo for larger view.
Is flag at half staff? Click (more…) below for why and when answers.
Old Glory has flown proudly from the 100 foot flagpole in Fairhaven since 1987. That year, a group of American military service veterans raised funds and put up the pole at the approximate location where Fairhaven founder, Dirty Dan Harris, raised his 100 foot flagpole in March 1885. Today, the Historic Fairhaven Association is entrusted with keeping the flag flying and has a committee with veterans who tend to the duties.
We welcome donations to help purchase new flags, repair frayed flags, and maintain the flagpole. You can donate any amount you wish.
August 2017 – The Fairhaven Lions Club have bought a new very large summer flag. We of the HFA thank them for joining us in helping Old Glory fly with presence on our flagpole. This is a $600 purchase of a 20 by 38 feet size flag of very light nylon which flies beautifully in light breezes. It will be our summer flag, going up for Memorial Day weekend and coming down at the end of September. We do not want it shredded by fall wind storms. We have a sturdy $250 flag of 10 by 19 feet for the fall and winter, but it is getting worn and a new one is needed soon.
You can donate to the Flag Fund online here. Please type into the Notes that your payment is for the Flag Fund. If a single person or group donates enough for the large summer flag then we will thank them on this page. Else we will note how many donations went towards a flag.
To learn more or discuss, contact the committee by email at flag@Fairhaven.com. Also please feel free to contact the committee if you have questions or concerns about the flag and pole. – John Servais, chair of the flag committee.
Flag at half staff – why and when.
Next date will show here. The flag is next scheduled to be at half-staff for September 11, Patriots Day.
The above text will be replaced when the next flag lowering is anticipated – from one day to a week before lowering. The flag is always lowered and raised following Federal Code or the instructions of our Washington State governor to all government agencies in the state.
Flagpole bare with no flag – why and when
Yearly we take the flag down during the fierce autumn and winter wind storms. Not only does the flag get shredded, but the loud flapping is disturbing at night to those living near. We fly a stronger winter flag that is fine in most winter storms but it may be taken down for especially fierce storms. The winter flag is heavy and only displays well in good breezes, whereas the summer flag is lightweight nylon that waves in even light breezes.