New flagpole, possibly tallest in state, to be dedicated this weekend

The city of Milford plans to dedicate a new flagpole on the city green Memorial Day weekend, and at 110 feet tall, city officials are saying it is the tallest in the state.

The Devon Rotary Foundation replaced Milford’s Memorial Flagpole on the green in commemoration of the city’s 375th Anniversary.

Over the years, the 99.7 foot steel flagpole had lost its structural integrity due to a number of stress cracks. The  new, 110 foot pole is fiberglass, and officials say it’s maintenance free.

While Mayor Ben Blake has said several times that the pole is the tallest in the state, Ray Macaluso, chairman of the Devon Rotary Foundation, cautions that as far as he knows, this new pole is the tallest in the state.

“From my research online, it appears to be the tallest in the state,” Macaluso said. But he added that there may be one out there taller.

“I’d like to know if there’s a taller one,” Macaluso added.

The Devon Rotary Foundation is made up of former Devon Rotary presidents. Macaluso said the group went to the mayor and asked what projects needed to be done.

The group learned that the existing flagpole had to be remove or replaced, and Macaluso said the group decided to spend about $50,000 to replace it.

“We thought this would be a great project for the city’s 375th anniversary,” Macaluso said.

All American Flag Pole out of Rhode Island provided the new structure, and took the old pole away for scrap or recycling.

The Memorial Flagpole on the Milford green serves as a tribute to Veterans of World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts.

The City of Milford will hold its annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday, May 25, in front of City Hall at 9:45 a.m. The city will dedicate the new flagpole immediately following that ceremony.