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You Ask, We Answer: Why has the giant flag in Altoona been replaced with a smaller one?

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Smaller Flag River Prairie

ALTOONA (WQOW) - Stars and stripes are still flying at River Prairie Park in Altoona, but they are smaller than usual.  In Wednesday's You Ask, We Answer, Tom is wondering why the giant flag at the park has been replaced with a smaller one.

Angela Deutschlander, vice president of the Chippewa Valley Veterans Tribute Foundation, said the huge 40 by 80 foot flag has been taken down to be sewn up and repaired.

Deutschlander said weather takes a big toll on flags, so officials decided to switch it out for what's currently on the pole — a 30 by 60 foot American flag.

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The big flag won't be up again until spring before Memorial Day, but in the meantime, the organization is rotating between three to four additional flags so that the original one is as pristine as possible.

"There are flag specifications nationally that we have to meet as well," Deutschlander said. "No tears, no rips, no fading.  And it's definitely a national regimen that we keep the flag to the standard that everybody expects."

Deutschlander also wants the public to know that the Honor Mall will be temporarily closed for the winter, either after Veterans Day (November 11, 2021) or the first snowfall, whichever comes first.

She said those flags will come down and there will be no shoveling or plowing in that area because it will damage the engraved stones.

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