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 ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, August 9, in honor of Matthew Goodnature of Phoenix, Oregon. The 21-year-old was off duty when he died near the Launch Fire near at Fourmile Lake.
"Matthew Goodnature's death is a reminder of the human toll that wildfires have," Governor Kitzhaber said. "He was a young man who was doing his part to help protect Oregon's natural resources. As Oregonians, we honor Matthew for his dedication to public safety, and for his sacrifice. My thoughts are with his family, friends and his colleagues who continue to risk their lives to fight fires."
A memorial service will be held on Saturday in Phoenix.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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.