That's no ordinary flag flying over the Capitol


A textile generally viewed as more at home at a Phish or Grateful Dead concert will get a prestigious perch on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to honor veterans and promote the industrial hemp industry in America.

The American flag that tops the Capitol on Veterans Day is the product of a year and a half of work by dozens of veterans involved in every aspect of planting and harvesting the hemp, spinning and dying the yarn, and embroidering the stars on the hand-woven 3-foot-by-5-foot flag.

Lawmakers say flying the flag is a way to both recognize the veterans and demonstrate the importance of supporting American-grown hemp, a cause that advocates say is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill.