SAT, FEBRUARY 28, 2015
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Commemorative Flag

The City of Forest Grove proudly unfurled the American flag at its new location on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The flag and pole was donated to the City by the Richard Coon family who wished to give something back to the community that had supported his business and family for many years, as well as to honor our Country and those who have served or are serving in the armed forces.

Governor Kitzhaber Orders Flags at Half-Staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Governor Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in remembrance of Pearl Harbor.

"I encourage all Oregonians to take a moment to honor those who stood bravely for our country at Pearl Harbor," said Governor Kitzhaber. "We must remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice decades ago as we hope for a safe return for our troops who serve in harm's way to protect our country."  


Who decides to lower the flag to half staff? The Office of the Governor authorizes when flags are to be flown at half staff.

Who will pay for the replacement flags? The Forest Grove Firefighters Association will raise funds for any repair or replacement costs.

How much City staff time will be dedicated to the flag? It takes approximately 10 minutes to raise and lower the flag for repairs or replacement. The Forest Grove Fire Department will be responsible for lowering the flag to half staff when needed.

What about lighting costs? The lighting system and installation was included in the donation of the flag and flag pole. The lights will become part of the street lighting system.

What else is planned for the green space? The next phase for the flag area involves the City working with service clubs to add landscaping to the green space similar to what is done at other public right-of-way areas.

Any questions regarding the flag should be directed to Michael Kinkade, Fire Chief, at 503.992.3175 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..