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Updated: Jul 4

Just outside the tiny town of Columbia Falls, Maine with a population of 485, Morrill Worcester, a wealthy businessman and self described patriot wants to build the world’s tallest flagpole. The billion dollar monolith would rise 1,776 feet above sea level and fly a flag the size of 1 1/2 football fields. It would be the largest flag in the world.

The flagpole, which would be taller than the Empire State Building, would feature elevators that would take visitors to the top here they could see for hundreds of miles in all directions.

A patriotic theme park with a museum, restaurants, a trinket shop, and a wall with the names of 24 million veterans dating back to the Revolution etched in it, would be built adjacent to the pole.

Like most issues nowadays it seems, the development has divided the town with people who support the flagpole questioning the patriotism of those who would like the area to remain unspoiled like it has been for generations. Hundreds of thousands of visitors would be drawn to the site each year once the jumbo flag is raised.

So is this what it's come down to now - measuring our allegiance by the size of our flag?

Happy July 4th, everyone!

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