By MIKE DONOGHUE, Islander Staff Writer
MILTON - A large flag supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election was removed from the flagpole on the causeway between Milton and South Hero on U.S. 2 on Monday afternoon.
The flag was apparently secretly attached below the United States flag overnight on the pole along the parking area, officials said. It was unknown who added it.
Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn of South Hero said complaints were received from some passing motorists. By noontime, an AOT crew arrived and began removing the flag, which had been attached by zip ties.
The blue flag with red trim had white letters “Trump 2020” and “Keep America Great”.
Flynn said the flag’s owner is welcome to claim it by contacting the AOT at the District Garage on Airport Road in Highgate.
The flagpole is a joint venture of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10854 in the Champlain Islands and the state to help remember the unprecedented attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Within 24 hours of the attack on the nation 19 years ago, a flag was mounted on a birch log stuck in the mud along the causeway between the two towns by residents of Grand Isle County. It was later moved to a plastic pole placed in the rocks along the causeway.
The VFW said State Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Grand Isle/Colchester were later instrumental in getting the enduring memorial and flagpole moved to higher ground in the large pull-off area. The new granite memorial was dedicated Sept. 11, 2010 and honors all Americans as a show of support for the country.