Flag raising on Independence Monument

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) --- In 1911, John Otto made his way up Independence Monument, which is the largest monolith on the Colorado National Monument, to place a flag at the top representing his dedication to the country.

Over 100 years later, the tradition is still going strong as Mesa County Search and Rescue crews and park Rangers climbed 450 feet to the top of Independence Monument, with a flag in hand, to follow in Otto's steps.

Ranger Nick Myers said, "It seems like a perfect combination of the cultural and natural features here where we can talk a little bit about the amazing geology and erosion that has happened here, but also a lot more about our American history too."

Visitors from all over the country came to enjoy the patriotic symbol of the Grand Valley.

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