American flag flies high over McGuire & Associates
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 1:15pm admin
Sara Stromseth-Troy TPD Staff
CRESCO - The American flag is once again flying high over North Elm Street at the McGuire & Associates building, just in time for Independence Day last week.
Michael McGuire shared the story of how the raising of the flag, aloft for years at McGuire & Associates, Inc., 209 North Elm Street, Cresco, was compromised due to building damage:
“We noticed the damage to the base about 15 years ago,” McGuire said. “My father had put the flag pole up in about 1980. We replaced the flag and rope as needed. In 2000 or 2001 when replacing the flag, I was told not to put a new flag up. We used ladders to change the flag. You put it on the roof and extended it up 40 feet and sent someone up who wasn’t afraid.”
McGuire said he was aware of damage, but unsure of how to fix it.
“We had a lot of requests to put up a new flag (at the top of our building), but couldn’t. Even without a flag, the wind started bending the pole, but it wasn’t bending, it was rotting. We didn’t know that until about six weeks ago, when we started the project. So we tried to remove the pole from the base and it wasn't happening.”
He continued, “We had to disconnect the grounding cable and get it all down. The steel shop had to remove the pole from the base. When they did, they made it so it wouldn’t happen again. Then we had to repair the top of the cupola and reinstall the base. The boom truck broke, but it needed to cure anyway. I told Mike Grube that we were so close, and that it would be nice if the flag was up by the 4th of July.”
“I am so happy the flag is back up, and I bet my father is grinning from ear to ear. He passed away 22 years ago July 19th,” McGuire said.
As of June 30, the flag was flying over the McGuire & Associates building once again.