Why is a tattered American flag flying in downtown Richmond?

Posted at 2:53 PM, Mar 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-11 18:55:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- When a CBS 6 viewer spotted a tattered American flag flying from the Department of Environmental Quality’s headquarters in downtown Richmond, she wanted answers. She wanted to know who was responsible for making sure the flag was properly cared for and displayed.

"No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America," states United States Flag Code. [Click here to read U.S. Flag Code]

Susan Pollard, Director of Communications at Department of General Services, said the DEQ simply rented space in privately-owned  building at 629 E. Main St. She said it was up to the owner of the building to maintain flag etiquette.

DEQ spokesman Bill Hayden said Washington, DC-based Douglas Development Corporation owns the building. He said the flag was replaced Tuesday afternoon. He said they were waiting for the right equipment to arrive before the flag could be replaced.

Hayden was checking to see when (or if) the tattered flag was first reported to the DEQ.

"That's pretty good.  Somebody got wind of what was going  on I think.  They beat you to the punch," Clair Eggiman told CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones.

State officials said all state-owned buildings are managed by a custodial team. However, Capitol buildings and the General Assembly building are handled by Capitol Police.