2011-06-02 / Front Page

New U.S. flags fly around The Square courtesy of Woodmen, Main Street


Retired Woodmen of the World manager Olin Newby and Main Street Manager Joe Willis show off one of the dozens of new flags and flagpoles erected downtown. Retired Woodmen of the World manager Olin Newby and Main Street Manager Joe Willis show off one of the dozens of new flags and flagpoles erected downtown. Dozens of new American flags have gone up around Downtown Washington, and now a single city office will be responsible for the display, care, and maintenance of the flags.

Washington Main Street Manager Joe Willis says his office will be responsible for the flags, which were donated by Woodmen of the World. “With one office responsible, we can keep all the flags looking good and displayed properly,” Willis said.

One major change to the city’s flag display is that in order to display the flags properly and to help them last, the flags will be displayed only at certain times. “We will display the flags only on major holidays,” he said. “After each holiday, city workers will take the flags down and have them cleaned and maintained so they’ll be ready to be displayed for the next holiday.”

Willis said that groups may also request that the flags be displayed for special occasions by calling the Main Street office in City Hall at 706-678-3277.

Some of the 60 new flags and poles have not yet been erected. “We don’t have all the flags up yet,” Willis said. “I wanted to get them displayed for Memorial Day around The Square and along Robert Toombs Avenue, and we’ll have the rest up soon.”

The new poles will be extended by two feet to keep flags from hitting pedestrians. “These are beautiful flags, and we want to display them right,” Willis said. “We so much appreciate the Woodmen of the World, Olin Newby, and Paul Lowe for donating these flags as they have for years.”

Newby approved of the city’s new flag display routine. “I think this will be the salvation of the flags, having them being presented in a suitable manner only on holidays,” he said. “Woodmen of the World have been supplying flags for years, and we consider it our civic duty.”

The flags will next be displayed for the Independence Day holiday, Willis said.

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