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World's largest free-flying American flag damaged after strong winds

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 15:29:23-04

SHEBOYGAN — The largest, free-flying American flag in the United States was damaged Tuesday night after powerful winds rolled through Sheboygan.

The flag at Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan is the world's largest free-flying American flag, at 70-feet by 140-feet. It flies on a 400-foot flagpole. As storms rolled in through the area Tuesday night, the flag was damaged by strong winds.

An Acuity spokesperson said the company was notified about the damage at 10 p.m. and the flag was taken down at 10:23 p.m. According to the company, wind speed monitors on the flagpole indicated there 90 mph wind gusts between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The flag was beyond repair and was scheduled to be taken out of rotation due to significant fly time before it was damaged.

Another flag was flown at 7:15 a.m. Acuity said it was working with the Sheboygan VFW to have a retirement ceremony for the flag.

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