Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Penny Merryfield
Pine Bluffs Post 

Patriotism unfurled

 

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Chuck Radcliffe (center) gets a hand erecting a flagpole from Diane Wise (left) and her husband John (right).

"Rally around the flagpoles boys" stands true to this day as members of the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60 have been erecting flagpoles in Pine Bluffs.

This is actually a American Legion Post 60 project and the flagpoles are made by John Wise and Chuck Radcliffe. Wise was the originator of the idea, and Radcliffe helped him achieve it.

"Showing pride in our flag is not just something we do, it's something we believe in!" expressed Radcliffe.

This has been a project that reached beyond Pine Bluffs. The flagpoles were donated by Evertson's Operating Company in Kimball, Nebraska. Evertson's donated nine pieces of pipe 30 feet long and they cut them down to 10 foot chunks. The poles are then painted, fittings for the rope, an eagle on the top with solar lights are mounted.

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Steve and Susanne Pfieffer pose by the new flagpole placed at the corner of Elm Street and Hwy 30 in Pine Bluffs.

All flags are made in the United States, and as well as the Eagles, the solar lights, and the rope. Each one installed have been built and installed by United States military veterans.

To date, four flags have been erected, with several more to go. The poles also have a plaque on them stating they are made by the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60.

There is to be one at the Knotty Pine Saloon going up after some outside remodeling and one to Bill Cushing, as well as other requests.

"This is a fundraiser of sorts that is built by veterans with American made products," states Radcliffe. "We stand proud to salute and display this great flag," added Radcliffe. Individuals that are interested information about the flagpoles may contact John Wise through the American Legion Post 60 307-640-6198 or John Wise directly at 307-245-9341.

 

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