The World’s Largest Free-flying Flag from the World’s Busiest Bridge

By Roz Hamlett, Portfolio Editor

On Memorial Day, people crossing the Hudson River on the George Washington Bridge pass beneath one of America’s most cherished and star spangled wonders — the world’s largest free-flying flag.  Flying Old Glory from the “George” is a venerable Port Authority tradition dating back to 1947, the first year Veterans Day was commemorated in the United States. Of course, during the intervening years, we’ve changed out and recycled flags regularly to keep these tapestries in pristine condition.

For your patriotic enjoyment, watch this slideshow essay on the Port Authority’s equivalent of hanging out the front yard flag. The photos depict the carefully choreographed steps necessary to install the 450-pound 60’X90′  flag into its skyscraping tubular home inside the New Jersey Tower, where the flag resides when its not in use.

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