Ed Barnes, a retired Local 48 business manager, donated the flag to his union. It was a birthday gift to him from U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. The flag flew over the nation’s Capitol on Aug. 19 — Barnes’ birthday.
Current Local 48 Business Manager Gary Young said the flag “is in honor to our members who have passed away on the job.”
The American flag is displayed on a 30-foot flagpole. Flags of Oregon and Washington are hung on adjacent 25-foot poles. Three floodlights were installed on the roof of the union hall so that the flags are illuminated at night.