Flags Being Brought Back to Detroit Plaza

DETROIT (AP) -- A partnership involving the bankrupt city, a Michigan company and veterans groups is bringing back American flags to downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that five new U.S. flags were raised Tuesday to the top of five new flagpoles as veterans saluted.

The partnership was announced last year. Michael Soviak, president of a company Revolution Flag Group that sells and maintains flags and flagpoles, noticed the empty poles during a visit. He says he later learned from officials that the cash-strapped city removed flags more than a decade ago.

A donation from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 9 in Detroit funded the five flags and poles. Plans call for a total of 20 by Flag Day on June 14. Fundraising is ongoing.