SPRINGFIELD, Ore — A Springfield veteran, who is the proud owner of an impression American flag collection, says one of his largest flags was badly damaged by the recent ice storm.
Jim Dobson owns Cascade Auto on 38th and Main Street, and what’s usually flying in front of his shop gets a lot of attention.
He has several large flags; the biggest one, which only comes out for the holidays, is 40 by 80 feet. Over the winter, he’s been flying his second biggest flag. It’s 30 by 50 feet.
He says after this month’s snow and ice, he had to send it in for major repairs.
“It was wet, and then as things got colder, it froze,” said Dobson. He said the flag became brittle and started ripping.
“We couldn’t get it down for a couple of days, because it was too windy,” said Dobson.
The flags cost thousands of dollars, and repairs cost hundreds. Dobson says if every person in Springfield gave him a nickel, he’d be able to fly his giant flags, year round.