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Flag Day no longer a banner day in America

Special to the Post Independent/ Erin M. Cady The brand new flagpole in front of the Garfield County's Mountain View building presents its colors for the first time on Flag Day Monday.

Flag Day isn’t what it used to be around here, according to Joyce Myers of New Castle.”We’d celebrate Flag Day in Rifle,” said the spry, pretty 72-year-old Monday at the Rock’n Star Ranch western store on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. “We’d have picnics and pie in the park and match-horse races at the fairgrounds. People would come from Montrose, Kremmling, Steamboat – all over. It was a big day in Rifle.”Monday, June 14 – Flag Day 2004 – was hardly noticeable. A few flags hung from neighborhood houses and businesses in Glenwood, but there were far more buildings without a flag than with one. ‘It makes me feel good’

Some signs of red, white and blue were evident throughout town Monday.At the Garfield County Courthouse, the flag was flying at half-staff out of respect for former President Ronald Reagan, who died June 5. Red, white and blue posters with the words, “We Support Our Troops” were taped to the courthouse’s front glass doors. Inside, Carol Hawkins, who works in the information systems department at the courthouse, said Flag Day has significance for her.”The flag is a symbol of America,” she said. “It makes me feel good when I see it.” Myers had the American flag flying high at the Rock’n Star Ranch, where she works.”The flag is our country,” said Myers. “It’s what we are, and it deserves our respect.”

Wearing red, white and blue buttons on her crisp white shirt, and sporting red, white and blue earrings, Myers said people used to go all out for Flag Day.”People used to have a lot more respect for the flag,” she said. “We’d put out the flag beginning Memorial Day, have it out for Flag Day, and have it out for the Fourth of July.” New flagpole for Flag DayAt Garfield County’s Mountain View Building on Blake Street next to Valley View Hospital, public health nurse Sandra Barnett was looking forward to finally displaying the flag on a new flagpole in front of the building where she works.”We moved to this building about 2 1/2 years ago,” Barnett said. “A gentleman named Heinz Gronau approached me about putting a flagpole here. He said, ‘You’re a government agency. You need to have a flagpole to display the American flag.’ It never occurred to me before, but I thought, ‘Yes, you’re right.’ “

Barnett got approval from county officials Ed Green and Mary Meisner to install the flagpole, and on Flag Day Monday, she stood with Gronau and other county staff members when an American flag was raised up the pole for the very first time, then lowered to half-staff for Reagan’s memorial. “We didn’t plan this for Flag Day,” she said, “so the fact we’re doing this today is just extremely fortuitous.”Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com

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