Old Glory Get steel support on Avenue of
of Freedom on Gretna Road kept getting vandalized by heavy rains
and winds that battered supporting poles where Old Glory has
been flying for 16 years. Branson Veterans Task Force (BVTF) got
busy to find a solution to the problem after receiving calls
about the fallen flags.
reports about faulty poles have become a thing of the past since
Vietnam veteran Steve Weyher, chairman of the Avenue of Freedom
Committee, thought of reinforcing the supporting poles with
years of replacing poles due to the storms I knew I needed to
strengthen the poles somehow,” he said. “The cost of replacing
flags and poles was getting out of hand. I decided to go to
Branson Steel with the idea of putting a steel rod into the
shaft of the existing pole.”
McKnight of Branson Steel took the existing poles apart to see
what could be done. He discovered a hollow
inside the weak poles. The insert could be taken out and
replaced with a half inch thick steel rod. McKnight made 100
steel rods, each 6 feet long, to insert in the existing poles.
want to thank the Branson Steel staff for their support on this
project and other projects they have helped us with in the
past,” Weyher said. “The Task Force and many volunteers have
been making sure the flags fly without incident and all placards
in place, as well as two weather-resistant flags flying from
each light pole in the center of Gretna,”
from individuals, organizations and businesses are responsible
for the flags along the 1.5 mile of personalized memorials. Each
flag along the Avenue has a placard bearing the name of a
veteran, first responder or present day warrior.
flag is ‘retired’ it is shipped to a recipient the donor
specifies - complete with a personalized certificate.
retired project Chairman Tom Goldsworthy, receive letters and
calls from people that come to Branson to look for “their”
who orders the flag is not always the person that gets the
flag,” Goldsworthy said. “Some dedicate them for relatives
that served and some to honor friends that served.”
If you would like to have an
Honor Flag flown, become a
corporate sponsor or mail a donation
417-337-8387 or Vietnam Veteran Steve Weyher, 417-894-7227.
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