Something new has been added to Lighthouse Park, a majestic 40-foot flagpole with a 10-foot yardarm that now displays the colors in front of the keeper’s house.
The nautical-style flagpole, a common feature of light stations under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the Coast Guard, has long been planned as a finishing touch to the park. The St. George Lighthouse Association board of directors opted for the nautical style instead of a single-mast pole in keeping with the style of pole frequently seen at military locations.
The flagpole was partially funded by donations in memory of island resident Jim Lambert, who passed away earlier this year. A small plaque in his memory will be installed at the site.
While temporary American and Florida flags have been acquired to fly on the pole, State Sen. Bill Montford has agreed to provide US and state flags that have flown over the State Capitol in Tallahassee. A lighthouse flag will also be added to the yardarm. A formal dedication ceremony is planned for next year.
SGLA lifetime patron and recently retired USCG Chief Mark Vail was instrumental in doing the research for the selection of the pole and coordinated the installation.