As of this morning at 10am, the Rotary Club of Buffalo will unveil something rather unusual and unexpected – something that will speak American pride to all those who see it. A 30’x60′ American flag, destined to fly atop a 100′ flagpole to be installed at the Inner Harbor (for Flag Day of next year), will mark a Centennial Year Celebration for the Rotary Club of Buffalo. In one year’s time, the flag will officially be the largest flying flag in the city, waving high on top of the tallest freestanding flagpole.
The flag is being donated by Rotary Club along with Earl Ketry, owner of Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, who feels that the waterfront feature will be the perfect fit for the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. The Rotary Club of Buffalo was the 28th club to be founded – today there are 32,000 clubs operating in 200 countries.
I spoke to Rob Geist, owner of Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters, who told me that he was going to be temporarily adhering a battleship flag (of similar size) to the side of his building (290 Larkin Street facing the 190) to coincide with the event.