Practically all of us, one way or the other have attended flag ceremonies in school, at work and during special occasions. We watch as the flag is raised, put our right hand on our chests and together we sing our national anthem. We have been accustomed with this practice because it is what our elders have taught us and since it is the best way in paying respects to the symbolism of the flag in our lives. Despite the number of times we have attended, most of us are still unaware of the system used in raising and lowering the flag. We do not even know all of the parts that allow the ease of raising the flag in the air.
The pulley system, located either outside or inside the pole, is used in raising and lowering the flags. Parts used have been particularly made for flagpoles and are resistant to the changing weather conditions so that it would last a lifetime. A top cover, called flagpole truck , protects all of the parts inside the pole to avoid water seeping into the pole assembly that would greatly affect the mechanism, particularly when left exposed. And the rope (halyard) or cable that carries and supports the flag in the air is made from polypropylene, a very durable material. But then you may ask, how are flags attached to the rope (halyard) then? Flag Snaps are used to attach flags to rope. Snaps have two clips on either side that will perfectly hold the material attached to it.