In honor of every veteran who has fallen since the Revolutionary War, Washington County in Maine is preparing to open Flagpole of Freedom Park, featuring the tallest flagpole and the largest flag in the United States.
According to the official press release, Flagpole of Freedom Park is “[a] new kind of destination set to open for America’s 250th birthday on July 4th, 2026, Flagpole of Freedom Park will be located on 2,500 acres in Columbia Falls and will become the only place in the nation to honor all +/-24 million deceased veterans that have served this country since the Revolutionary War. Standing taller than the Empire State Building, the flagpole will fly the largestAmerican flag ever flown, symbolizing the commitment and sacrifice veterans make to protect America’s freedom. The Park will also humanize key events that have shaped American history with six living history museums, immersive tech-driven exhibits and a 4,000-seat venue for live performances.”
“Flagpole of Freedom Park will be the most significant patriotic destination in the country,” the park’s website says. “Part national monument, part historical adventure, part immersive tech-driven museum, and part architectural wonder, this is a destination where we can all come together as simply Americans.”
“This is something we can all rally behind. It’s not divisive. There are no parties, it really is just the symbol of unification,” stated Cathleen Pearl, Executive Director of the Military Women’s Memorial.
“[Maine’s] Washington County is fortunate to have such a national treasure in our backyard,” said Chris Gardner, Chair of the Washington County Commissioners. “Plans for this Park celebrate the character of this county without changing it – it will truly fit into the fabric of our community,” Gardner added.
Today marks the 247th Birthday of the U.S. Army, founded in 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized the enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. #ArmyBirthday #USArmy pic.twitter.com/9taI6FyO4P
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