Retiring "Old Glory" Atop Mt. Slover in Colton CA
CALPORTLAND PROUDLY RETIRES “OLD GLORY” ATOP MT. SLOVER
April 6, 2012
Glendora, CA, April 6, 2012 — CalPortland Company officially retired the majestic 38’ X 24’ American Flag that has faithfully flown atop Mt. Slover since 1917 during a beautiful sunset ceremony at the Colton Cement plant on Thursday evening April 5, 2012. “Old Glory” has been a beacon in the Inland Empire since it was first raised with only a couple of brief blackouts during World War II, when night lighting was banned by the federal government. Travelers and residents have long felt the security that the landmark flag provided when returning safely from long trips along Interstate 10 or flying into either Ontario or Los Angeles International Airports.
The extended economic downturn has required the company to mothball the cement plant operations and continue to only operate the facility as a cement terminal and aggregate facility. CalPortland CEO/President Alan Hamblen told attendees that “we have always taken the responsibility of following the protocol for displaying our country’s flag with great pride and honor. Unfortunately, with reduced personnel we can no longer properly support and maintain the flag in the manner it requires”.
San Bernardino County Supervisor Chair Josie Gonzales recalled her experiences of seeing the flag during her lifetime and remarked that “when you realize the security that this flag has provided Colton and Inland Empire residents over the decades it has been flown, you understand how much it means to the all of us and that it is a landmark that everyone will remember”. San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt also delivered remarks regarding his memories of the flag.
California State Senators Gloria Negrete McCloud and Bob Dutton along with California Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter addressed the nearly one hundred people in attendance recalling their personal memories of the flag and commending the stewardship of CalPortland over the 95 years it has flown. They presented resolutions by the CA Senate and the CA Assembly to Mr. Hamblen on behalf of the many members of the CA State Legislature.
Presentations and personal recollections were also made by Stephen Wall representing U.S. Congressman Joe Baca; the Mayor of Colton Sarah Zamora along with Mayor Pro Tem Frank Gonzales and Colton City Council Members Susan Oliva, Dave Toro and Alex Perez.
Honor guards from the Colton Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops lowered the heavy flag, folded it and honorably paraded it off for archiving in the San Bernardino County Museum. It will be on display for generations to view.
About CalPortland Company
CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, concrete, concrete products, aggregates and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. Founded in 1891 with the principle of providing unsurpassed quality, CalPortland remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, customer service, technical support and environmental leadership. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the Western U.S. and two Canadian Provinces. For more information about CalPortland Company, visit www.calportland.com or call 626-852-6200
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