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.
For 2019, we need to purchase a new winter flag to replace the 10 by 19 foot flag we took down late December 2018 after the fierce wind storms. This flag has flown for three winters and now needs to be replaced. It has shredded a bit each winter and then been shortened and hemmed and is now only 12 feet long – almost square. A new flag will be approximately $250. We buy only USA made flags. We are asking community members to donate. You can do this online with your credit card by clicking here . Thank you.
Flag is half-staff and to know why, plus other information.
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. We also lower it when the President or Governor direct flags to be half-staff – such as the death of former presidents and others. When at half-staff we will post here why it is so.
Half-staff reason: Feb 8 until Monday morning, Feb 11 the flag is at half-staff to honor the service of Rep. John Dingle, who died this week at age 92. He is the longest serving member of congress in the history of the United States, representing a district in Michigan for over 58 years. He was beloved in his district and deserves our respect and the salute of half-staff.
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.
We welcome donations to help purchase new flags, repair frayed flags, and maintain the flagpole. You can donate any amount you wish. Just click the link above for donations.
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.