US flag flies from new spot at county war memorial

first_imgWally Tharp capped a long campaign Wednesday morning at Vancouver Barracks with a flag raising.It was the same flag that has been flying at the Clark County Veterans War Memorial, but now it’s on a different pole — the pole that had been displaying the Washington state flag.Tharp, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, has long contended that the U.S. flag was being flown at a subservient position on the west side of the flag plaza.On Wednesday, Tharp — who lived at Vancouver Barracks as a youngster — was able to hoist the flag up the pole a few yards to the east. “It’s been 14 years,” Tharp said as he watched the Stars and Stripes ripple overhead.Tharp has been a frequent visitor in local classrooms, teaching students about flag etiquette. The American flag is always to the left of an observer facing the display, Tharp said.A lengthy discussion, which has included a decade of letters to the editor, offered differing views about what constituted the front of the memorial site.The war memorial, which honors Clark County personnel who have died since the Spanish American War, was dedicated in 1998.Vancouver Barracks was a U.S. Army installation back then; the Army transferred it to the National Park Service earlier this year.Greg Shine, chief ranger at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, gave Tharp a hand by bringing down all three flags at the memorial — including a POW/MIA banner — and unclipping them.last_img

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