Photos by Becky Arthur Gressette
ROCK SPRINGS — Rock Springs Rotary Club purchased and maintained the Giant American Flag and pole, located at the corner of Dewar Drive and Gateway Boulevard. The first flag was flown September 15 of 2001, just four days after the September 11 attacks. The first flag is on display at the Rock Springs Historical Museum.
Flags cost three to four thousand dollars each, and they are expensive to maintain. The organization recently had the base of the flagpole painted and a new 30′ x 60′ flag is being ordered. Due to the high cost of maintaining the flag and pole, Rock Springs Rotary Club created a “Giant American Flag Sponsorship” program to help with expenses. The Wyoming high winds damage the flags fairly quickly, so multiple flags are needed. Sponsorship funds are used to purchase extra flags and pay for repairs.
The Rock Springs Fire Department handles the important responsibility of raising and lowering the flags year-round.
Organizers would also like to thank the American Legion, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for helping with this year’s Flag Day Ceremony.
Sponsors and their representatives include:
Solvay – Penny Jones
Questar – Albert Bertagnolli and Jimmy Druce
Rocky Mountain Bank – Suzette Williams
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County – Gary Collins
United Steelworkers Union Local 13214 – Tony Tirado