2017-10-11 / Local News

Flag down, but not for long

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

An empty flagpole at a local business is apparently no cause for alarm because the American flag will be making a return in the near future, according to a company spokesperson.

“We are replacing the hardware on the flag pole and do intend to fly the American flag at our location in Gaffney in the next few weeks,” confirmed Anne LeZotte, senior manager of corporate communications and public relations at Pilot Flying J.

A Gaffney Ledger reader contacted the newspaper last week about the situation. After noticing the Pilot on Hyatt Street was not flying a flag on its flag pole, the reader inquired inside the store and called corporate headquarters for an explanation. A 45-minute phone call reportedly led to an explanation about blocked drivers’ views.

The location of flags placed by a veterans group on gas station property along State Route 180 in Catlettsburg, Kent., last month actually did lead to an issue with blocked views, a dispute and criticisms of the company that got media attention. But there were no such issues in Gaffney.

“Pilot Flying J proudly welcomes the American flag at all our locations,” the company said in response to the Kentucky incident and said the concern at the Kentucky location was not the flags but the safety of where the flags were placed. The company said it simply needed to make sure they didn’t block the lines of sight for drivers coming into and out of the business.

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