Giant flag gets a lift from ladder |

Giant flag gets a lift from ladder

The Grandest Old Flag that waved for local 9/11 memorials could be seen at the Rifle fire station on Railroad Avenue Wednesday.

The flag measures 28 by 40 feet, and is so big it has never flown in Rifle because there isn’t a big enough pole in town to handle it.

In lieu of a pole Wednesday afternoon, the fire district extended a ladder up from one fire truck, a man lift up from another, and attached the flag between them.

“The reaction has been really good,” said fire protection district volunteer Julie Lynch.

“People have been driving by honking their horns.”

Wednesday is the first time the fire district has flown the flag.

Lynch said an Aspen family gave the fire protection district the flag after it was put up at Alpine Bank in the days following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The district soon learned the flag required a specially engineered pole that can withstand winds of up to 150 mph.

“It doesn’t take much wind to get it flapping,” Lynch said.

Lynch placed the flagpole’s cost at $10,000. Those who want to donate to an ongoing fund-raising effort can send contributions to the Rifle Fire Protection District, C/O Flag Pole Fund, 1850 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650.

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