A hike to Peak 1 and a view of the flag will cure attacks of flag etiquette overkill | SummitDaily.com

A hike to Peak 1 and a view of the flag will cure attacks of flag etiquette overkill

The remains of the World Trade Centers were still smoking. I needed to try to do something positive to help. Lines were long at the blood banks, and demand for blood was far less than the supply.

A friend came up with the idea of a “hike for freedom” to the top of Peak 1, and maybe erect a flag. A few other friends took the idea a step further – to erect a flag that can be seen from town.

We got a 10- by-15-foot flag that used to fly in New York City. Next, we got donations to build a flagpole, and an idea of how to build a flagpole at 12,800 feet that could withstand a Colorado winter.

It took a huge team effort to get 300 pounds of materials and tools to the top of Peak 1. It was a day I’ll never forget. I’ve spent half my life in Summit County, and this was the best feeling of accomplishment I’ve gotten from anything I was part of building.

The flag is not lit at night, and it is flying 24/7 proudly. This may not be proper etiquette for a normal flag, but this is not a normal flag, and by no means a show of disrespect for our flag.

A year later, the flag was badly tattered but still there. A request was made in the Summit Daily News, and many donations of a new flag and support were made right away.

The old flag was taken down Sept. 11, 2002. It was treated with great respect and brought off the mountain with much pride.

I believe it is going to be framed and displayed in a Summit County museum. A new flag is currently flying on Peak 1. The U.S. Forest Service granted us a permit, even though some people have a problem with the flag. These complaints are another part of political correctness gone to far.

If you have a problem with the flag on top of Peak 1, get off your couch, hike to the summit and take in the flag and the view. If your heart and soul don’t feel the pride, then I feel sorry for you.

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