State Home Plant Manager Tom Inman, left, and Superintendent Brad Richardson look on as Black Hills Energy crews work to finish installing a brand-new 80-foot flag pole, which will be formally dedicated Dec. 7.

By Brett Nachtigall

HOT SPRINGS – Black Hills Energy crews, along with staff of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, were busy last week installing a new 80-foot flag pole near the entrance to the new main building of the State Home.

The pole itself was made possible through a donation by the State VFW and Auxiliary. The American Legion and Auxiliary have also purchased a new Garrison flag which will be flown on the pole.

A Garrison flag – which measures 38-feet x 20-feet – is the largest size of national flag used by the U.S. army and typically only flown on national holidays and special occasions.

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Tom Inman, Physical Plant Manager of the State Home, said that prior to Black Hills Energy crews volunteering their time and equipment to raise the pole last Thursday morning, Nov. 16, State Home maintenance staff set 14-yards of concrete in the location about 10 days prior. He added that the pole is buried eight feet into the ground, for a total length of 88-feet.

The public is invited to a formal dedication of the new flag and flag pole on Thursday, Dec. 7, which is also Pearl Harbor Day.

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