Checking on property he owns Monday morning, specifically the large flag he flies at half staff every Sept. 11, Reg King wondered why the staff at Coldwell Banker on Sutton Way in Grass Valley had taken down the stars and stripes.
The lighted flag usually flies 24 hours a day. At 15 feet by 25 feet, it’s one of the largest American flags flown in the area. When he inquired about the huge flag inside the realty office, King said the response he received was worrisome.
“They said, ‘We thought you had it,’” King said.
Upon further examination, King found the halyard — the rope by which the flag is hoisted — in a pile in the bushes. It had been cut, and the flag had been stolen, he said.
“It had to be a sharp knife,” King said. “The nylon’s 3/8-
King guessed the flag had been nabbed within the last couple days. He filed a police report and requested any surveillance footage from cameras in the area be examined.
In the meantime, King rushed to find a temporary fix before the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. He had a backup flag, also 15 by 25 feet, but the downed halyard was the real problem. He said it would take a crane, or perhaps a fire-truck ladder, to reach the pulley at the top of the 70-foot flagpole that towers above the Glenbrook Basin and restring the rope.
Early Monday afternoon, King said he received word the Grass Valley Fire Department would provide a ladder truck to help hoist the flag at half staff in memorial of the 9/11 victims today.
He was also waiting to hear back from a Nevada County veterans group, which typically reminds King of appropriate times to fly his massive flag at half staff, and will be glad to ensure them the flag will still fly today, he said.
“This (was) just kind of disconcerting, when it’s right on the cusp of Sept. 11,” King said.
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