At the Las Cruces City Hall, six military flags fly along with the American flag to honor all US veterans and current military members.
In Las Cruces, New Mexico a little old has been mixed with a little new as the city shows their support for US military veterans. Work recently began outside the city hall building to erect six brand new flagpoles that will eventually fly flags from different branches of the US military.
The six military flags will include:
- US Army
- US Navy
- US Air Force
- US Marine Corps
- US Coast Guard
- US Merchant Marines
A construction company from El Paso won the contract, which could cost the city upwards of $60,000. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by November 11th – Veteran’s Day. In addition to the military flags, the black POW/MIA flag will also fly to honor all the soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war.
Navy veteran Raymond Portillo said, “It’s nice the city is doing that. The city, everybody, has shown the veterans a lot of support over the years. It’s nice, humbling, to get that kind of recognition. I know a lot of other places where it’s almost the opposite; some places where the veterans are pretty much forgotten.”
According to the city manager Robert Garza, flying the military flags at city hall is nothing new. The city previously flew smaller flags. This new flag project is meant to return the city to an earlier tradition. “This will be the installation of flag poles for our military branches to enable us to fly a flag for each branch as a symbol of the city’s continuous support for our service to men and women as well as all veterans who served,” said Garza.
The military flags will be accompanied by an American flag, which will fly on the tallest pole, 35-feet high with the POW/MIA flag below it. The remaining eight poles, six for military flags, one for the New Mexico state flag, and one for a city flag, will each be 30-feet tall. Also included are lights to illuminate the flags to allow them to fly at night.
What do you think of the military flag display? Does your city fly any military flags or honor US veterans in a similar manner?
Credit: LC Sun News