Three flags replace one for county war dead in Adel

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Workers removed the flag pole at the memorial to the military war dead at the Dallas County Courthouse Tuesday. The flag pole will be replaced with a three-pole arrangement.

ADEL, Iowa — Workers with the Edge Companies of Grimes removed the flag pole and its foundation Tuesday at the memorial to the military war dead on the grounds of the Dallas County Courthouse.

The flag pole will be replaced with a three-pole arrangement, featuring a 25-foot pole in the center, flying the U.S. flag, and flanked by two 20-foot poles, respectively flying the Iowa flag and POW-MIA flag.

The flags will stand behind the twinned stelas on the south side of the courthouse, erected in honor of Dallas County’s war dead and prisoners of war.

The work includes constructing the concrete foundations and aprons for all new poles, wiring the sites for electrical power and removing the previous pole’s foundation.

After the supervisors confirmed for themselves that the trees block the line of sight to the current flag pole from the south, they chose northeast corner as nearer the entrance to the building.

The proposal for the relocated flag pole and the three-staff arrangement for the memorial stones was approved Tuesday and confirmed in a contract with Grimes-based Edge Companies.

The $28,950 contract with the Edge Companies also involves relocating the 40-foot flag pole that flies the U.S. and Iowa flags from the southeast quarter of the courthouse grounds to the northeast quarter.

The courthouse grounds have also seen the addition of a drop box for the Dallas County Treasurer. The box is located near the north-side entrance to the facility and may be used by county residents to pay fees.

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