Rockwall, Texas – It was about a year ago when the City of Rockwall and then Rockwall Mayor Kevin Fowler proudly announced the giant American flag in Rockwall, which since then has become a landmark in the city of Rockwall. The 50-foot by 80-foot American flag in Rockwall begun to fly in the air on a 200-foot pole. According to some reports, the whole project cost the city of Rockwall around $200,000, with most of this money being used to finance the flagpole.
Rockwall Mayor Kevin Fowler then said the giant American flag in Rockwall project had been planned for years
The idea of the giant American flag in Rockwall was initiated years prior. According to Rockwall Mayor Kevin Fowler, the idea was first brought to light in 2016 when council member Bennie Daniels reportedly said that “it was his dream of having a giant 50 x 80-foot American flag put up in one of the highest points of our city.”
While some Rockwall residents are as proud as Rockwall Mayor Kevin Fowler to have this giant American flag in the smallest county in Texas (yes, Rockwall County has the smallest area of any Texas county), others argue that the project has no value and the money could have been used to support the Rockwall community. Nonetheless, the giant American flag in Rockwall is now a reality, and it has since gained a lot of media attention, mostly due to its cost.
Workers needed nearly two weeks to set up the giant American flag
Workers needed several days to set up the flagpole. Then, it took several more days to complete electrical and lighting installation to properly display the American flag.
The City of Rockwall will now replace the giant American flag due to the damage of the recent storm
Now, about a year later, the giant American flag will have to be replaced. And again, the city of Rockwall and current Rockwall Mayor Trace Johannesen will have to use taxpayer money to finance the flag replacement. According to the City of Rockwall, the giant American flag was damaged in the recent storm due to high winds.
The announcement was made on the City of Rockwall’s social media accounts, saying that the flag will be replaced in the upcoming days when the area starts experiencing “more favorable weather conditions.”
This is what the City of Rockwall wrote on Facebook on Tuesday:
The US Flag has Weathered the Storm.
The City of Rockwall’s flag on I-30 has suffered some severe damage in the recent storms and high winds. Those same winds are persisting, and making it unsafe for crews to safely change out the flag.
At 4,000 SF, the size and weight of the flag make it challenging to lower it, requiring several people for the process. Especially in high wind conditions, there is a potential that crews could get hurt, or the flag could get away from our crew.
Once we see more favorable weather conditions, our crews will make the swap, hopefully in the coming days.