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  • 2109. BC: The Flagpole

    Superintendent raising flag, 1907.

    The base of the flagpole is composed of three sections. At the bottom of the base are upside-down torches that symbolize the lives of these men that were tragically extinguished.

    The middle section comprises eight acanthus leaves painted black with four festoons also painted black that have ribbons between each one symbolizing the mourning of the men.

    Circling the top of the base are four silver eagles with crests on their breasts and outstretched wings. The eagles have been arranged in such a fashion so that each soldier will always be facing our national emblem.

    The three sections of the base are bound together with metal straps that have been formed to look like braided rope, uniting the sentiments of loss, mourning and patriotism.

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