What Is in the Top of a Flagpole? The Gold Flagpole Topper.

Flagpole Ball

There are many myths or urban legends surrounding the contents of the gold flagpole ball on top of the flagpole that are installed at military bases. The myth surrounds these items:

  • Razor blade
  • Pistol
  • Ammunition
  • Matches
  • Penny

Pistol, Ammunition & Matches: These items were said to be kept at the top of the flagpole, so that the commander instead of surrendering his post to the enemy can instead take down the flag, burn it to prevent desecration, and commit suicide rather than be taken alive.

Razor blade, match, and pistol with one round: If the post is overrun a soldier is supposed to lower the flag, and remove the items form the flagpole ball. They would use the razor to slice off the stripes, use the match to burn the flag, then commit suicide with the pistol.

Pistol, bullet and penny: The pistol was said to be kept in the flagpole topper, so America will never be without arms; the bullet so that that the pistol will never be out of ammo and the penny is so America will never be broke.

We install many flagpoles and flagpole ball toppers, many at military bases. We have not run across any items inside of the top of the flagpole, except the bolt that attaches the ball to the rest of the pole...

What other urban legends have you heard surrounding the flagpole topper?

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Posted on April 1, 2015 and filed under Flag Facts, Flagpole, Flagpole Parts.