How the Fremont Park flagpole was saved and walked to its new home in Atherton
Editor’s note: A couple of readers gave us a heads up about the saga of how the flagpole that used to be in downtown Menlo Park’s Fremont Park was “saved” and “walked” to its new home in Atherton. It seemed like a good 4th of July weekend story, so with a bit of “investigative” reporting, we tracked down the story as told by Rory Fuerst:
“I was driving to work after having dropped off four kids at St. Raymond’s. As I passed by Fremont Park, I noticed the flag pole was down and being shoved around by a small tractor. ‘That is such a shame,’ I thought to myself, and turned around and drove back to the park.
“I talked with a supervisor who told me he had instructions to remove and destroy the flag pole, that it was scheduled to be cut up in the next hour. I asked if it would be okay for me to take it if I hauled it away, to which he replied, ‘Absolutely!’ I went to the office, picked up a co-worker, and contacted a landscape maintenance friend of mine. We rounded up five more guys and went back to the park.
“We tried to pick it up, but no go. We left those five at the park while we rounded up five more guys. When we got them back to the park, we were able to move the flag pole, carrying it the approximate 1.5 miles to my home in Atherton.
“Once we got the flag pole there, we had to do repairs as it had been cracked when it was taken down. The repairs were done, and the flag pole was erected in our yard where we’ve enjoyed it ever since. I really love hanging the big flag from that tall pole!”
Top photo courtesy of Rory Fuerst; flag at its new home (with flowers in foreground) by Laura Pitchford.