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Call To Action For More American Flags On Downtown Buildings


     We celebrate our nation's independence this week and for many that means displaying the American flag. But one local man is concerned about a lack thereof when it comes to commercial properties and is making a call to action to get old glory flying.
     "I think the flag waving was pretty prominent after 9/11 but I hope people aren't forgetting," said Dan Hughes of Bettendorf. He asked to have the stars and stripes specially added to the sign he uses for making deliveries. With family in the military he says displaying it is extremely important.
     "It flies outside our home everyday."
     But driving around he's noticed a lot of flagpoles without a flag, particularly on top of commercial buildings in the metro area. "At some point they made the investment to put the flagpole up but aren't following through keeping the American flag up there," said Hughes.
     While there are numerous places that do fly Old Glory we did find many that are bare. Since holiday events will no doubt draw thousands to the Q.C. downtowns this week, Hughes has contacted some businesses and the Chamber and Downtown Davenport Partnership hoping to encourage action.
     "Said they'd at least try to follow up at least getting flags up on empty ones and any new developments as well."
      It's really up to the individual properties to decide when or where to display the flag, wether it's on a pole on the rooftop or down on the street level. Some have switch to the latter for safety and maintenance reasons. While each situation is unique, the owners at Regalia in Rock Island haven't seen a decrease in commercial flag sales. But recent storms may be to blame for not seeing some of them because a lot of flags were damaged and are in need of replacement.
     "You don't want to have an ugly looking flag up there. It's more disrespectful than no flag," said Regalia owner Pat Jahn. Both she and Hughes agree though, the more red, white and blue proudly displayed, the better.
     "Let's get the flagpoles fixed and flags up there, whatever it takes," said Hughes.
      Downtown Davenport Partnership officials say they plan to encourage properties to display the flag, but remind there will be no shortage of patriotism for 4th of July events this week.


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