Grand Old Flag
When the Bakersville Fire Department needed a new American Flag, a local business owner took it upon himself to get one.
The new 15-by-25-foot flag purchased for the department by Wes Brewer, vice president and co-owner of Quality Plus Apparel in Bakersville, was unveiled this past Thursday hanging on the end of the BVFD’s 107-foot ladder.
“It’s for them to use at their discretion,” Brewer, who co-owns Quality Plus Apparel with Sam Cook, said. “They can use it at local events and during other things going on in town – just whatever they see fit to use it for.”
BVFD Chief Ashley Beam said the flag is a welcome addition.
“When you hang a 5-by-7 flag on a 107-foot ladder, it doesn’t exactly look right,” he said. “We needed a new one.”
Brewer said discussions about a buying a new flag began shortly after the department purchased its new ladder truck.
“We like to give back to the community,” he said. “We support Troutacular, fireworks displays and other local events throughout the year.”
Quality Plus Apparel donating the flag is not a gesture that is out of the ordinary, Beam said.
“We’re next door neighbors and Quality Plus has always been really good to the fire department,” he said. “A new flag would have definitely been something that would have taken a long time for us to get if we would’ve gotten it ourselves.”
Quality Plus Apparel does clothing re-inspection and repair. It opened in 2007 and has around a dozen employees.