By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Watch as the largest flag pole in the world is erected as a veteran’s memorial and symbol of American freedom.
American patriotism is far from dead. On June 16, 2014 Ben Salzmann, the CEO of Acuity, an Insurance firm in Sheboygan Wisconsin, dedicated a monument to local residents killed as they were defending our nation. Watching this engineering marvel as it is being built and completed with its very impressive dimensions is a reminder of what Americans can do when unshackled.
“ Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag.” The promenade at its base has paver bricks featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.
- 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
- There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
- 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
- 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
- Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
- 680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
- Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
- 11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
- Three pendulum-style, tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
- Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42 degrees”