Savannah raises giant American flag in time for Fourth

July 4, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s oldest city is flying a giant new American flag as it celebrates the Fourth of July.

City officials in Savannah raised a version of the stars-and-stripes that measures 50 feet long and 30 feet wide (15 meters by 9 meters). The flag is flying atop a tall pole in the center of the city’s new Veterans Memorial Park.

The big banner went up during a dedication ceremony Tuesday attended by Mayor Eddie DeLoach, active duty soldiers from local Army posts and military veterans.

Savannah officials said in a news release the flag and flag pole cost $35,000 to purchase and install. The money came from penny-sales taxes approved for local projects.

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