City hangs flags

City of Española Streets Supervisor Elijah Mares finishes hanging one of the many U.S. flags July 1 along Paseo de Oñate. City workers put up 50 flags around the city’s West Side neighborhood.

   City of Española employees hung 50 American flags on the West Side of Española to celebrate Independence Day.

    City Manager Xavier Martinez said the Downtown Action Team and PMI contacted the city government about whether they would be willing to put up the flags for the Fourth of July weekend.

    “The flag placement was a collaboration between the Downtown Action Team, PMI and the City of Española,” Martinez wrote in an email on July 2.

    Downtown President Christine Bustos said they wanted to do something nice for the town because it is a very hard time right now, when people cannot do anything because all events have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    She said it is nice to come together as a community and celebrate the United States’ birthday.

    Española Streets Supervisor Elijah Mares said five employees from the Streets Department hung the flags over the course of three days.

    City employees hung the flags starting on the Trujillo Loop and ending at City Hall on Paseo De Oñate, Mares said.

    Martinez said Downtown Action Team and PMI bought the flags, poles and hardware and the city’s contribution was the labor for the installation.

    Flyers around the city advertised the flags and promoted the West Side of town.

    “Celebrating the United States’ birthday,” the flyers stated. “Shoot the cruise, stop & shop, find a good West Side restaurant to eat at and view the Parade of Flags on the Westside of Española.”

    Bustos said Española is a pass-through town and it is nice when people stop and spend time in the town. She hopes people enjoyed the flags over the holiday weekend.

    Bustos said she hopes they will be able to have Christmas flags over the Christmas season since the poles and hardware have been installed.

    PMI CEO Eric Quintana could not be reached for comment.

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