There’s no flag flying at the Scioto County, Ohio Courthouse and that has some residents concerned. Some speculated there was a political motive, “Hope the communazis haven’t taken over yet!” and “Another sign Ohio is Republican!” Others noted that it should have been at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Day on December 7th.
Fortunately, Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis weighed in to explain what happened to old Glory. He explained that high winds had shredded the ropes on both poles. The courthouse’s north pole hasn’t worked for several weeks.
Davis said the south pole stopped working the day of late County Commissioner Mike Crabtree’s public viewing at the Scioto County Courthouse. Crabtree, 71, died of complications of COVID-19 back on December 2.
Commissioner Davis said with great difficulty workers were able to get the flag to the half-mast position. After that, they took the flag down. Davis said it’s a long climb to the top of 135′ flag poles and that there’s no safe way to get rethread the rope unless the county spends thousands of dollars to hire a large lift.
New Flag Poles Are Here
Even then, Davis said the poles and the pulleys for the ropes are very old and need to be replaced. In fact, he says Scioto County already ordered replacement poles six weeks ago.
However, thanks to COVID-19, the delivery was delayed. Davis said the poles finally arrived this week. The county plans to install the new poles ASAP. Davis said, “We take the flying of our great American Flags seriously too.”
According to the US Flag Code, the American flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. The flag should be lowered nightly but never touch the ground in the process. You can keep the flag flying at night as long as it is properly lit. A damaged flag should never be flown. It should be taken down and properly disposed of.
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