On Veterans Day, November 12, displays of patriotism fill the autumn day with many taking time to remember those that chose to enter one of the branches of the U.S. military to protect the rights and freedoms all Americans enjoy. People of all kinds celebrate in their own ways, but one item that is seen most on this day of reverence is the our nation ensign, the “Stars and Stripes.”
In Virginia, one patriotic display will be visible for miles around as the largest flagpole in the state will now fly an American flag atop Interstate 95 in Chester.
At 212 feet in height, it is the tallest flagpole in Virginia, one of the tallest anywhere in the U.S. For those wondering, the tallest flagpole in the U.S. is located along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan standing 400 feet above the ACUITY Insurance campus headquarters.
In a report from WTVR, USA Iron and Metal will unveil its new 40′ x 76′ American flag during a November 18 celebration outside the company’s Coxendale Road headquarters in Chester, with around 5,000 people expected to attend the event, featuring an appearance from country music singer Lee Greenwood.
“The flag will be visible for miles along one of the busiest transportation corridors in Virginia located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Route 288,” company spokesperson Rachel Fenton said, adding that the flag will be fully lit to be flown in the evening.
She remarked, “It is our way of showing our appreciation to those who put their lives on the line to give us the opportunities we have in this great country we live in.”
With one of the largest concentrations of active-duty and retired men and women of the armed forces and 2018’s most patriotic state in America, the values of the Commonwealth of Virginia are undoubtedly defined in the brilliance of the American flag, and indeed the size of the new one.