Crowd of Kittitas Co. residents raise huge flag on Veterans Day

THORP, Wash. – On Veterans Day, dozens of people gathered at a truck stop in Thorp to raise one of the largest flags in Washington.

At 11:11 a.m., the crowd formed at Shree’s Travel Plaza as the flag was raised.

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Shree Saini, the business owner and Miss World America Washington, shared this statement:

“We truly owe everything to our service men and women! Because of our veterans we are all free, safe and get to pursue our dreams. This massive flag is a symbol of our gratefulness to the UNITED States of America and will be seen by over 40 million people a year.” – Shree Saini

The flag is estimated to be 40 by 80 feet which is the same size of a US flag that flies at Camping World in Pasco.

Some speculated such a large gathering in Thorp could be dangerous amid a spike in coronavirus cases locally and nationally.

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“It was an outdoor premise event and masks were mandatory,” Saini explained.

However, some visitors were seen maskless a video sent to KAPP-KVEW.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, which also shared a video from the event, on Thursday posted a live video promoting social distancing and masking ‘when needed.’

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