Santa Fe city councilors have found a new place to hang veteran banners

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) — Santa Fe city councilors have found a new place to hang veterans’ banners. The banners were hung from streetlights, but they were told that hanging the banners from streetlights was not safe.

Banners honoring veterans have hung along Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe since 2019, one banner per lamp post. They planned to hang them along Cerrillos from I-25 to St. Michaels Drive. The city says it wasn’t possible because the manufacturer told them it wasn’t safe due to weight and wind.

This has left many wondering why they are only finding out now. “I thought these security studies were done when the banner program was first designed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, but that won’t stop us from working on a solution to install banners,” said Santa Fe City Councilman Michael Garcia.

For now, the city plans to hang the banners throughout downtown and the rail yard, but they only have room for less than half of the more than 300 banners they have. Garcia says they’re still looking for other places where they can hang all the banners.

There is still a chance that the banners will hang in Cerrillos. Garcia says the makers based their study on a new pole model, but older pole models may be able to support the weight of the banners.

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