For years, Salem, Ohio has been home to a giant American flag which soars on a 130-foot flag pole.

The businesses that have flown the flags over the years, however, have been sold. 

When Matt Diehl, the owner of Diehl Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Salem, bought the property, he was unaware that the property had been home to this patriotic landmark.

Deihl said that community members began asking him about the flag and sharing their experiences. 

"We hear stories about when people are coming back from serving overseas," said Deihl. "They actually can see the flag right before they land and how important it is to them when they come home."

The heartwarming outpouring from the community prompted Deihl to find a way to bring back the tradition.

As Diehl began looking for a new flag, he was shocked to learn how short of a lifespan each has.

Diehl said, "They were expensive and we started talking and she said they only last about 30 to 60 days, and I about fell over when I heard that."

Even so, the company ended up buying four 30'x60' American flags, the largest Diehl could find, and what he believes is the largest flown in the state of Ohio.

Weighing in at 92 lbs, the flag takes a team of people to raise it.

This year the flag will continue to fly after Labor Day. But in the years to come, they will be flying the flag during the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

The flag is located a Diehl  Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on 400 Legacy Lane in Salem.