Day For Flags Across Alexandria

It’s a big day for the Grand Old Flag on Friday, June 14th.  So, what’s the biggest U.S. flag out there?

How about “Superflag” measuring almost two football fields wide and over 250 feet tall.

The biggest American Flag flying in Alexandria is at Perkins Restaurant. Purchased from Twin Cities Flag, their Symbol of Liberty checks in at 20 feet by 30 feet. Made from nylon, it’s a relatively light 18 pounds and cost around $600.

Eavesdropping from my usual window booth, I’m sure I heard the Perkins waitress tell the people behind me,

“Before running it up a flag pole, we dip our magnificent Star Spangled Banner in real maple syrup tapped from trees right here in Douglas County, and serve it with a side of hash browns.”

But, I could be wrong. I do know that Perkins proudly flies their Grand Old Flag on a 70-foot high mast, certainly the tallest flag pole in Alexandria, right? Or, is it the one in front of 3M?

Let me quash both of those notions flat as a pancake dripping with real maple syrup tapped from…well, you know the rest.

The tallest home for an American Flag towers 125 feet over the corner of 7th and Broadway. It was presented to the city by Captain George A. Freundenreich 115 years ago.  The flag, by the way, is a respectable 8 feet by 12 feet.

What’s the second biggest American Flag in Alexandria? The impressive specimen at Alexandria Motors, according to an unofficial survey. Supplied by Flags West in Alexandria, it measures a healthy 15 x 25 feet.  Good news, A.M., at 27 pounds your big dog reigns supreme in the heavyweight division!

Other contenders include TWF Industries on Country Road 45 S.W. in Alexandria. Their Stars and Stripes boasts a dimension of 8 x 12.

Geneva Capital, LLC at 13th and Broadway goes even bigger…12 x 18 feet!

When it comes to countries displaying their national flag, the U.S. leads the world in the frequency with which its flag is displayed, and the number and variety of places the flag shows up.

Now that you’ve read this article, when you travel around Alexandria, don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying, “Look over there.  More Stars and Stripes!”  And, that makes every day “Flag Day!”

 

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