Looking up 12th Street. Click photo for larger view.
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 from the Fairhaven community and put up the pole. It was inspired by Dirty Dan Harris raising his 100 foot flagpole in March 1885. Today, the Historic Fairhaven Association is entrusted with keeping the flag flying and has a committee of veterans and non-veterans who tend to the duties.
We currently, 2019, have four good flags, each sized and sewn for a particular season of the year. Big and light for summer and small and tough for winter. As each is taken down we have it inspected by a professional seamstress and hemmed as needed. The Fairhaven Assoc budgets for this from our general fund, but we accept and appreciate donations to this fund. You can do this online with your credit card by clicking here . Thank you.
More information below.
Flag at half-staff? There are four scheduled days of the year the flag is flown half-staff; Peace Officers day on May 15, Memorial Day (last Monday of May), Patriots Day on September 11 and Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. It is also lowered to half-staff on days of official mourning as declared by the President or Governor, such as the death of a former President or death in the line of duty by a Washington State soldier or law enforcement officer.
In January 2019, Thomas Grayling of the Swim Club Wet Bar in Fairhaven, donated for a new winter flag, a 10 x 19 foot tough polyester flag costing $250. We of the Fairhaven Assoc thank Thomas for this very appreciated donation. With care this flag may last us 4 or 5 years before the tough winter winds reduce its strength and fade its colors. We fly this from early November until early January, the windiest time of year in Bellingham.
In August 2017, the Fairhaven Lions Club bought a very large 20 by 38 foot summer flag for $600. We of the HFA thank them for joining us in helping Old Glory fly with presence on our flagpole. We raise it up on May 15 and bring it down on September 11 – both days at 7 pm. We welcome all who want to join us and help. It is so large we need 15 people to keep it from touching the ground and to fold it when taking it down.
We raise flags of 15 by 25 feet in the spring and fall when winds are stronger, and 10 by 19 feet during the wind storms of November and December.
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. I am always ready to answer questions or discuss concerns over coffee at the Mount Bakery in Fairhaven. – John Servais, chair of the flag committee.