Thursday, February 1, 2024

Statesville Sues to Strike Huge American Flag: Marcus Lemonis Refuses

Having read about this issue on both sides, the city has a valid point with regard to safety. There is a huge flag in Sheboygan, Wi. Which is home to Acuity Insurance. Which has put up a veteran's memorial - open to the public - on their company property. (This blogger recommends a visit because it is impossible to convey the experience of standing at the base of that flagpole.) This is the largest free flying American flag in the world and it is HUGE. The first flag they put up was blown down in a windstorm. They took over a year to engineer and construct the new flagpole. There are significant safety issues for having such a large flag near a highway. From the Acuity site: "The flagpole is nearly 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. At 70 by 140 feet, the flag is the world’s tallest symbol of freedom. Flags are taken down at the first sign of wear, such as tearing along the seams. A professional seamstress uses an industrial-grade sewing machine kept at Acuity to make repairs. The 9,800-square-foot flag weighs 250 pounds. ... Erecting a flagpole of such height in a location where temperatures frequently fall below zero required a team of experts to ensure structural integrity and maintainability. The flagpole is designed to withstand a low temperature of -42 degrees and wind speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration. Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole, and the foundation needed 680 cubic yards of concrete. The flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds."

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