Mar 25, 2016

Not Your Ordinary Flagpole

Flagpole on Belle Isle in Detroit
Old Glory flying high
One of Detroit's most beautiful flagpoles is found at the intersection of The Stand and Vista Way. Where's that, you ask? Well, go across the Douglas MacArthur Bridge and circle around to the south side of Belle Isle, and you will find this awesome flagpole. The flagpole is a tribute to the Reverend Samuel Francis Smith. As you'll see in the video it is a memorial from the school kids in metro Detroit sponsored by the city's Rotary Club.

The magnificent structure was designed by none other than the famous Detroit architect Albert Kahn. According to the, the flagpole was designed by Kahn and sculpted by Samuel A. Cashwan.

Famous Song
Perhaps the most well known aspect of the Rev. Samuel Francis Smith's life is that he wrote the song America (My Country 'Tis of Thee). Before the Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem for the United States, Smith's patriotic America, was commonly sung and served as a national song. Well, with that bit of information, it won't be hard to guess what the soundtrack to the video is. Side note: the soundtrack only has the first verse of the song, enjoy!



  1. My parents loved Belle Isle and I have a 1947 picture of them in front of the Smith statue. Thanks for the video!

  2. thank you for the picture, I found a picture of my parents in front of this statue dated 1940's. They loved Belle Isle.

  3. The second flag on the flagpole is the Detroit Rotary Flag with its motto “Service Above Self” it was dedicated in 2010, the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Detroit.


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