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Originally published in the Citizen Press:
New symbol for Pulaski flying high
By: SCOTT STEWART, Managing Editor January 30, 2003
The city of Pulaski has a new symbol which will be used to demonstrate all the city is and has been since its inception.
The Pulaski Flag is already flying over some areas of the city and will eventually fly over city-owned property wherever possible, according to Mayor Dan Speer. Speer said he got the idea of a city flag when attending Tennessee Municipal League meetings and noticing that other cities had flags. "I thought a flag for the City of Pulaski was a good idea," Speer said. To make sure the flag symbolized what Pulaski means to all citizens, the public was invited to give its input on what should make up the flag. That public invitation led local artist Pamela Sue Keller to start developing ideas of her own. Keller contacted Speer with some of her ideas, and Speer showed her some designs that he had in mind. Much of what Speer was considering was based on a logo for the city that had been developed by Butch Sutton. Among many other things, Sutton is a graphic design artist and an officer with the Pulaski Police Department. Speer suggested to Keller that Sutton's design be incorporated with her ideas.
The resulting ideas were eventually brought to the Pulaski City Council, which voted on the design that has become the Pulaski Flag. Included on the flag is the motto "The Land Of Milk And Honey," which has long been associated with Pulaski and Giles County. Speer said it is unknown who coined that phrase for this area, but he said its use on the flag brings together the thought of Pulaski as part of Giles County. The same can be said for the Giles County Courthouse, which is prominently placed on the flag as part of Sutton's logo for the city. Speer said nothing identifies Pulaski and Giles County as a whole more than the image of the historic courthouse. An orange stripe down the right side of the flag (as you look at it) signifies the city's ongoing commitment to brotherhood among all people. Three stars signify that Pulaski is part of the state of Tennessee and the colors red, white and blue are a patriotic symbol of the United States of America.
When the flag was unveiled at a recent meeting of the city council, Sutton said the logo and now his part of the flag design are ways for him to give back to the town he calls home. Sutton explained that when he left Cumberland Plateau several years ago he found Pulaski and decided to make it his home. He said he feels part of the community and the design work used in the logo and flag are his contributions to his hometown. Keller said her interest in designing the flag is based on her desire to give back to her community. "I realized how important it was for the city, and I am so proud to live in a community that supports artists," she said. The flag currently flies over Speer Overlook behind the Pulaski Recreation Center and at Sharewood Park. Speer said the flag will soon fly over Cave Springs Park in North Pulaski, City Hall and other city-owned property.
located by Phil Nelson, 9 February 2003