Replacement flags aim to celebrate city’s history, deter thefts

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 05:03 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview public services department has replaced two flag poles with ones that should be more theft-resistant.

Chuck Powell, a city maintenance  supervisor, and two other city employees on Wednesday were preparing foundation base for one of the replacements at Confederate Park, located near the State Road 85-East First Avenue intersection.

Like the previous flagpole, the new one features an anonymously donated Confederate flag, Public Services director Wayne Steele said in an email. It honors Bill Lundy, Florida's last living Confederate soldier to serve in the American Civil War. He died in 1957 at age 109.

The Crestview Lions Club dedicated the Lundy memorial a year after his death. The department is responsible for maintaining the memorial grounds, Steele said.

Susan Hollingshead initially was concerned that the city was permanently removing the flagpole.

 "It’s part of the history and culture here in Crestview. If we don't keep our history, then what do we have?" she said.  

However, Hollingshead was relieved to learn that the flagpole was just being replaced.

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