I have never noticed a faded or tattered flag within Knapheide's beautiful display at North 24th and Koch's Lane. How often are the flags replaced to always look like new?
The flags are taken down every other month and replaced at Knapheide Manufacturing's "Wall of Faith" at the northeast corner of North 24th and Koch's Lane, but the process isn't that simple to keep the monument in impeccable condition.
Knapheide's maintenance department buys flags in bulk for the 10-flag display each year.
"Once every other month, they take the flags down, and they switch them out with new ones," said Erin Frazier, manager of creative and event services at Knapheide. "They take the flags down, and they take them to Mr. K's repair shop. They look them over and they fix them with whatever needs to be fixed."
Any flags that don't meet the standards to be displayed are properly disposed. Repaired flags are put back in the inventory to be used again at the monument.
Designed by Quincy native Ted Christner, the "Wall of Faith" opened in 2009. Harold W. Knapheide III, president of the company, said the wall was inspired after a funeral for longtime Knapheide employee Rich Wiemelt.
"Our Wall of Faith affirms the faith that has guided my family and our family business over these many years," he said in a press release at the time. "We are blessed to be in America and believe that our country is truly one nation under God."
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