Held on Flag Day, the ceremony included a performance by the Danbury High School marching band, a tribute from the Veteran's Council and Police Honor Guard, along with reenactors from the greater Danbury community.
The 100-foot flag pole is at the corner of West and Main Streets. The flag is 30 feet by 60 feet. A smaller flag will be used regularly, with the larger flag for holidays and special events.
The original flag pole was donated by Union Veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic in 1937. The Civil War monument on that green was recently refurbished. The new iron fencing is a replica of the fencing there in the 1930s. Mayor Mark Boughton thanked Jim's Welding Service for taking an interest in the project.
The City paid $75,000 for the new flagpole and restoration work. Savings Bank of Danbury donated $25,000.
Bank President Martin Morgado says the flag pole comes with an important history, as it celebrates 80 years. He noted that the Savings Bank has operated on Main Street for its entire 168 history, since being founded by the grandfather of Charles Ives. Morgado noted that they've also agreed to buy a new flag for the City every year for the next five years.
Boughton noted that the flag costs about $2,500.
F&M Electric, Rizzo Companies and the Danbury Garden Club also donated services and time.