ARLINGTON, Va., In honor of U.S. Flag Day, the Aluminum Association is paying tribute with a video of the flag and its unsung partner, the flagpole. The video includes images of the American flag flying over various U.S. historical locations as well as the extrusion process used to create flagpoles. Aluminum Association member Sapa Group Extrusions, in partnership with Sapa Group Pole Products, generously provided the footage of the pole creation and extrusion processes.
Among the most notable applications of aluminum flagpoles are the 50 flags representing each state that fly around the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. At one time, flags were flown on specific days of national celebration using temporary wooden flagpoles. For the George Washington Birthday celebration of 1958, it was determined that the flags would be flown permanently at the Monument, and aluminum flagpoles were installed.
These flagpoles represent the modern age of aluminum production, a material used in applications ranging from wiring to automobiles to building facades and beverage cans. Aluminum is lightweight, durable, and does not corrode; these properties make it the perfect material for permanent applications, such as flagpoles, that must uphold Old Glory under even the harshest weather conditions.
To see the video, visit the Aluminum Association's Facebook page or visit YouTube.