Servite High School became the first high school in the country to host the world’s largest American flag when it unfurled the massive banner on the football field at Cerritos College before the Servite-Mater Dei football game Oct. 17.
More than 200 students, family members, and cheerleaders from Rosary and Connelly high schools unrolled the 100-yard by 50-yard flag, which takes up the entire playing area of the football field. The flag, which is used regularly at large sporting events and has been presented at the Super Bowl, the World Series and many NFL, NCAA and Major League Baseball events, measures 45,000 square feet, is made of lightweight nylon and weighs 850 pounds.
As the flag rippled over the surface of the field before the sellout crowd of nearly 12,000 fans, the Servite Men’s Select Choir sang the National Anthem.
Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Harden, representing the Holiday Bowl, the corporation that owns the flag directed the display.