Count the Marietta Middle School flagpole among the victims of the June 29 storm that knocked out power to much of southeastern Ohio, mowed down trees throughout the region and caused all sorts of other havoc.
Many area residents noticed the pole missing from its prominent location in the city's skyline. The 60-foot flagpole has been around since the school opened in the 1920s high atop the hill above Seventh Street. Apparently, the base of the pole corroded over the years.
We agree with school officials that it's a good thing classes weren't in session when the pole fell.
We're also glad the city schools system plans to replace the pole. Of course, there's a price to pay. In this case it's $15,000 to $16,000. For a school system tight on money, that's a big problem. Officials hope to raise money for the project, perhaps by selling bricks for a new walkway that will be installed at the pole's new location in front of the middle school. Plans are being finalized. Anyone who wants to help pay for the pole is encouraged to call officials at 374-6530.
But one thing is certain, the pole will be returning, first in a smaller, temporary design, then in its full-size style at a later date. The flag has been the centerpiece of an annual patriotic event held early each school year. This year's event has been delayed because of the pole's demise.
We hope anyone concerned enough about the pole donates to help bring it back. Seeing that flag around town has stirred patriotic feelings among many for about 90 years. It's one fixture we hope continues in Marietta for a long time to come.