“Flag Hill” is a labor of love and respect

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 17:50:09-04

Flag Hill, located along Overlook Drive just off of 10th Avenue South at 2nd Street, is one of most iconic scenes in Great Falls.

The Flag Project, sponsored by the Great Falls Realtors Association, is what keeps that 30×50-foot American flag flying high at 120 feet,  overlooking the city.

“We truly love our community, we truly love our country. We respect everyone who has served our country to help us keep our freedom and keep that flag flying,” said Beth Duke, Realtor Flag Project 2018 Chair.

Thanks to the Montana Air National Guard, a woman who mends the flags, an electric company, and several volunteers, the flag is kept in pristine condition.

Each flag costs nearly $1,000 and is replaced several times throughout the year.

If there is a storm, high winds, or if it needs to be put to half-staff, MT ANG does all that.

Along with maintaining Flag Hill, the Flag Project organizes several other events throughout the community, including bringing the flag to high school football games and elementary schools, and an essay contest where kids describe what the flag means to them.

To celebrate Flag Day, the Flag Project will be hosting a ceremony on Flag Hill at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 14th. The event if free and open to all.

“The flag is a symbol of our freedom. A lot of people don’t feel that way but until you have served in the military and seen other countries, been in other countries, it makes you realize how much we’ve done to maintain our freedom. There’s no greater symbol than that flag,” Duke said. 

To learn more about the project or to donate, you can check out their facebook page here:

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