I always get choked up when I see the flag in the parade, usually carried by dignified old veterans as they march in honor. I feel the symbolic pride as they carefully carry the flag. It touches me inside.
We waited until the corner of the fence was in place around the tiger lily flowerbed where we wanted to display the pole. Once the fence was up, we measured carefully to locate the pole in the precise place. We were not too worried about damaging the lily plants, they grow like crazy and will recover.
Steve dug the hole two feet down with the powered post hole digger. We have to return it next week so now was the best time to get it done.
Then we measured the depth of the hole and carefully set in the PVC sleeve that comes with our pole. The sleeve will hold the pole into the cement, but you can slide the pole up and out of the hole if you need to.
We started with about about half of a bag at a time. I held the pole and pvc tube sleeve in place while Steve did the mixing. He took a stick and mushed it all around, mixing thoroughly till it's like thick shiny mud.
Using a level, we made sure the pole was plumb and vertical while the cement dried. It dries very fast in about 20 minutes. We kept checking it to make sure the pole did not shift. We only put one portion on the pole while it was setting up and not the entire length. The pole has five sections for a total of 20 feet tall, topped by a metal gold ball.
While the cement was setting up we assembled the solar light kit on the third pole section. It will shine light up on our flag from underneath. That way we do not need to take it down each night and put it up each morning, It can be left up 24 hours a day as long as a light is illuminating the flag.
We hoisted the flag up into place
while I recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
I wonder if they even teach those songs in school now a days?
We sat back and our lawn chairs
and watched the lovely flag
floating in the breeze.
THANK YOU DAD P !!!
Here it is illuminated at night by the solar light.