You can't miss Colonial Flag. Their store front is marked by their enormous flag along I-15 in Sandy. This flag tells the story itself: at Colonial Flag, the flag is everything.
Colonial Flag Employee Daniel Brockbank explained the feeling of respect everyone who works at colonial feels, "The flag represents our country, freedom and more than that. It represents the people."
You can't name one state where there isn't a Colonial Flag flying. Their flags have flown aboard U.S. space shuttles, in F-17A's during Desert Storm, over state buildings, memorials, and homes across the country and of course throughout Utah.
Paul Swenson, the man behind Colonial Flag, is very humble when it comes to what he has been able to do with his company. He credits it all back to the team working with him.
This team does everything with the flag, from keeping the flag looking pristine to climbing flag poles to make sure they are just right.
Colonial Flag opened 34 years ago in Paul Swenson's brother's basement and it has grown immensely in that time. Besides selling flags, Colonial takes care of them for their customer's flags too. They call it: flag rotation.
Brockbank explained, "I rotate the flags. Almost like getting your tires rotated."
Brockbank travels the state switching out flags.
Stacey Warner manages the rotation program. She explained that they, "Work on the flags inside our facility those flags get hoisted back on the pole and the ones being removed get repaired and put back in each customer's bin."
Stacey and her team work to fix the "injured" flag and then Brockbank will work to get the flags switched.
The work doesn't stop there. Sterling Murdock works on the actual flag poles.
Murdock explained, "Things break up top and someone has to take care of it."
Armed with climbing gear Murdock will shimmy his way to the top of flag poles. A high vantage point with spectacular views.
Murdock said, "I was on top of one and I saw the top side of a hawk flying underneath me. That was pretty nice."
It might seem like a lot climbing to the top of the flag pole and working on flags on a daily basis, but Colonial Flag feels a responsibility to make sure what is holding the flag and the flag itself is in the best possible condition.
Swenson explained, "Each of us are symbolized by a stitch in here, if we take care of our stitch the other stitches get taken care of."