Flag Facts

  • If the Flag becomes soiled it may be washed or dry cleaned.

  • When torn or frayed but not faded, it may be mended.

  • Today the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, 7 red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, white symbolizes Purity and Innocence and blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

  • ​When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.

The History of Overlook Flag

As we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of our great city on July 4, 1984, our dream came true. After nearly two years and countless volunteer hours by the Great Falls Board of REALTORS, over $25,000 in cash plus twice that amount in donated labor and materials, was raised from every segment of the community. From the citizens and the Montana Air National Guard, support was overwhelming! It became not only the committee's dream but the community's dream.

Early on that Independence Day morning, thousands of citizens joined together to witness a most memorable event. Situated on the top on a knoll overlooking the beautiful Missouri River in the heart of our city, the specially engineered 120' flagstaff, as tall as a 10 story building, stood ready. The President of the Great Falls Association of REALTORS introduced many honored guests from near and far who joined in the celebration - the officers of the Montana Association of REALTORS, the mayor of our city, the lieutenant governor of Montana, our congressional delegation, Montana legislators, representatives of all the armed services and civic groups, even Uncle Sam himself. All reminded us of our unending pride in this great land and our privilege in honoring this beautiful symbol of our heritage.

As the giant flag unrolled, with forty-two attendants at its sides, a hush fell over the crowd. The moment we had all awaited was here. Through many tears of pride and love, this incredible dream was unfurled. Old Glory was raised! Through the sounds of our National Anthem we heard the thunder of the magnificent F-106s of the Montana Air National Guard. In an electrifying moment, they roared overhead followed by a one hundred gun salute from the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

In keeping with our promise to the city commissioners and the citizens of Great Falls that their flag would never require tax support, the Great Falls Association of REALTORS conducts a fund drive through a bill insert in the Energy West bills. We also sell Flag prints and note cards from various local artists. Every year on Flag Day, the 14th of June, we hold a ceremony honoring Old Glory at Overlook Park. God Bless America!

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