Local police officers aim to fly Old Glory on every empty flagpole

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Local police officers aim to fly Old Glory on every empty flagpole

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jun 14, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Charley Foley says the American flag reminds him that he lives in the greatest country in the world.

"Just to see it, it strikes a cord within me," he said.

Foley and Brad Clark are both Tucson Police officers who started to notice dozens of flag poles sitting empty in their downtown beat.

Clark served 20 years in the U.S. Army, and Foley comes from a big military family.

"I said 'hey I want to do something more,'" said Foley. "More than just as my occupation as a police officer but as a regular citizen of the community."

And so began Flags for the Flagless, a grassroots program with the goal of bringing more patriotism and pride to Tucson. 

They raised their very first flag Saturday, on top of the historic Tucson Warehouse and Transfer building, home to Benjamin Plumbing Supply.

For more than a decade, the flagpole on top of the four-story building sat empty because no one could access the roof. But when the owner of Benjamin Plumbing Supply, Mark Berman, heard what Foley and Clark were doing, he fixed that.

"Each flagpole has its own story," said Foley. "In this particular case, there's no access to the pole.  [Mark Berman] changed that, he made it happen so there could be access to that flagpole."

And as soon as the wind picked up...

"It's 100 degrees out on that rooftop and I got goosebumps," said Foley.

Now Old Glory proudly flies over Sixth Street. The flag itself was donated by Karen Clark from Keller Williams and its cabling was donated by Jen O'Brien from Long Realty.

Foley says he hopes their first flag brings a sense of community.

"You know, that's what I wanted is people driving down on this major thoroughfare to see it and to think of our country and the community of Tucson in general," he said.


Foley says you can donate American flags to the program by dropping them off at American Legion Post 7, located at 330 W. Franklin St. They only ask that you donate flags made in America.

More information about the program can be found on its Facebook Page.


Some flag poles have been empty -- So two tucson police officers have stepped up to help remedy that. Today -- they launched a new project aimed at bringing more american flags to tucson

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.