FLAGPOLE


Visit any time you'd like!

The flagpole and memorial can be visited at any time. The flag may be taken down temporarily during times of maintenance or severe weather. It will also be lowered to half-staff during official observances.

The flag will be down due to high forecasted winds.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 to Monday, March 4, 2024

For information regarding flag-lowering orders, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs website.

ACUITY'S 400-FOOT FLAGPOLE - BACKGROUND & DEDICATION

 


Visible from a considerable distance, the flagpole is located on Acuity's campus along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay.

  • The flagpole is nearly 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.
  • At 70 by 140 feet, the flag is the world’s tallest symbol of freedom.
  • Flags are taken down at the first sign of wear, such as tearing along the seams. A professional seamstress uses an industrial-grade sewing machine kept at Acuity to make repairs.
  • The 9,800-square-foot flag weighs 250 pounds.

A Veterans Memorial at the base of the flagpole features the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty, going all the way back to the Civil War.

  • There are more than 750 inscribed pavers at the base of the pole.
  • The pavers were intentionally placed in the shape of a teardrop.
  • A kiosk nearby features a map to help locate specific names.
  • Get a copy of the flag handout to learn more or share with others.

Erecting a flagpole of such height in a location where temperatures frequently fall below zero required a team of experts to ensure structural integrity and maintainability.

  • The flagpole is designed to withstand a low temperature of -42 degrees and wind speeds up to 120 miles per hour.
  • Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration.
  • Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole, and the foundation needed 680 cubic yards of concrete.
  • The flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds.

Photo gallery

 

For a complete gallery of photos documenting the fabrication, foundation, installation, dedication ceremony, and more, please click here.

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