EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – After a long absence, the giant American Flag has returned to the skies over Northeast El Paso.
Residents and visitors may remember seeing the Stars and Stripes flying high above U.S. 54 at the Diana exit.
On Saturday, the new pole was unveiled and the flag raised, but officials with El Paso Texas Flags Across America say that the official dedication will happen on Veterans Day and the community will be invited to the special ceremony.
“It’s important to east El Paso, they were proud of the flag we had before,” said David Thackston the Vice President of El Paso Texas Flags Across America.
Thackston says the original flag pole was put up after the 9/11 attacks, but damage over the years meant that the towering pole could no longer support the large flag.
Sadly, caretakers lowered the flag, and the pole was taken down at the beginning of 2020, with the hopes of a fundraiser returning the banner to its rightful place
Officials with El Paso Texas Flags Across America say the new flag pole cost $150,000 and was paid for through donations.
At the new base of the new flag pole, special bricks have been installed. Officials say those bricks were dedicated to loved ones and were one of the fundraisers that helped pay for the new flag pole.
Army Veteran Delos Bates bought five of the bricks for himself, his wife as well as family members he’s lost.
“They’re all up there looking down watching the flag right now,” said Bates.