Patriotic Scouts raise flag on Mount Garfield

The newly installed American flag flies atop Mount Garfield on Friday morning.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 358 and their adult helpers prepare the base for a flagpole before flying Old Glory from the top of Mount Garfield on Friday morning.

The Grand Valley got a patriotic boost Friday when three brothers with Boy Scout Troop 358 took a helicopter ride to the top of Mount Garfield to anchor a new pole and American flag into the rock.

Shortly before 7 a.m., Joel Cochran, 17, Allen Cochran, 13, Eli Cochran, 11, Boy Scout leader Lance Moses and helicopter pilot JF Mugnier completed the installation of a 15-foot steel pole with a new flag in time for the Fourth of July.

“The Boy Scouts are very patriotic,” Moses said. “This fits right in with the Fourth.”

The idea to install a new flag atop Mount Garfield was actually Mugnier’s, Moses said.

Mugnier, owner of the helicopter used to fly the Boy Scouts on Friday, contacted the Bureau of Land Management to get the go-ahead after a veteran friend of his asked about getting an American flag back on the mountain.

Moses said he remembers hiking the Mount Garfield trail with Boy Scout troops in the past to change out flags.

The hope in the next few weeks is to install a solar-powered light to illuminate the flag nightly, per proper flag etiquette, Moses said.

“Hopefully, we can get that done in the next week or so,” Moses said. “It’s a lot quicker when you can fly up.”


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