By Luke Phillips
Holtville’s new flag pole in Holt Park has been erected and the flag will be hoisted for the first time on Saturday, May 28, in a ceremony being planned by fire chief Alex Silva.
The ceremony also serve as the city’s official recognition of Memorial Day, which is May 30.
The new 125-foot flag pole replaces the city’s original 100-foot flag pole that was damaged in last year’s 7.2 earthquake. A new flag has also been purchased for the pole and measures 60 feet by 30 feet.
The cost to purchase and install the new pole was approximately $80,000, about half of which was covered by federal disaster relief funds disbursed by FEMA.
The pole features an internal lanyard system to protect the mechanisms from the elements and City Manager Laura Fischer says a special plastic container has been purchased to hold the flag when it has to be taken down during extreme weather.
Holtville Fire Chief Alex Silva has been busy for the past three weeks planning the flag raising ceremony to honor our local veterans and fallen heroes. The ceremony will begin with the Posting of Colors by Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 4500 and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor David Bradshaw.
Local resident Leif Burns will sing the National Anthem before Mayor Bradshaw opens the ceremony with a speech and a prayer, followed by a performance of the song ‘America the Beautiful’.
Vietnam veteran and former Congressman Duncan Hunter will address the crowd to give the keynote speech, followed by the presentation of a wreath to our local city council members.
A playing of ‘Taps’ and a 21 gun salute will accompany the flag raising which will be performed by American Legion Bradley-Keffer Post 138 and the Holtville Girl Scouts.
The ceremony will close with a second playing of the national anthem and the retrieval of colors.
By Luke Phillips