Acuity Insurance erected the nation’s tallest flagpole at 400 feet tall, known as the ‘World’s Tallest Symbol of Freedom’
Sheboygan, WI is (once again) home to the nation’s tallest flagpole, this time a 400 foot tall symbol of America’s freedom was erected. Acuity Insurance company is responsible for this American icon and it is not their first run at this patriotic title…in fact, it’s the company’s fourth attempt.
Video: Construction Time-Lapse
Back in 2003, Acuity erected at 150-foot pole, which they raised the height to 200 feet the following year. That pole was taken down by a winter storm and another at 338 foot pole replaced that in 2005. However, that flagpole came down in 2008 after it was seen swaying too much. This time, Acuity claims the flagpole was designed to withstand the elements. It was designed much like a wind-turbine with an anchored 680 cubic yards of concrete and containing three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers to reduce movement and vibration.
The flagpole was dedicated on June 16, 2014 and is given the title “World’s Tallest Symbol of Freedom.” The flag is being raised as a symbol of gratitude to our country and for those who defend it. At the base of the pole is a Veterans Memorial, which highlights the names of every Sheboygan County Veteran killed while defending our nation’s freedoms.
If Acuity were to attempt the title of World’s Tallest Flagpole, they would need to add an additional 157 feet to match that of a flagpole under construction in Saudi Arabia.
Here is a list of the World’s Tallest Flagpoles:
1) 557 feet (under construction) – Saudi Arabia
2) 541 feet –Tajikistan
3) 531 feet – Azerbaijan
4) 525 feet –North Korea
5) 436 feet – Turkmenistan
6) 400 feet – World’s Tallest Symbol of Freedom, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Acuity flagpole outranks the previous tallest flagpole in the US in Loredo, Texas by nearly 100 feet.