FRI, AUGUST 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 Kate Brown today ordered all flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, May 18, 2015 in honor of an Oregon soldier killed during the Korean whose remains were only recently identified.

The remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, an Oregon soldier killed in Korea in 1951, were laid to rest today at the Roseburg National Cemetery with full military honors. Cpl. Brown was killed in action just seven days after the 17-year-old Southern Oregonian was deployed, in one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War.

Cpl. Brown's remains were returned to the United States in 1993 along with hundreds of other soldiers’ remains, and since that time, scientists have been working to match DNA from the remains of thousands of service members with that of their families.


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..