For 84 years, a tall, straight pole made of Douglas fir supported the flag that flew above the southwest corner of the Bowdoin Quad. But wood doesn't last forever, and this summer the college replaced the original Memorial Flagpole with a 72-foot fiberglass one that could support a larger flag. Consigli Construction, which specializes in historic renovations, took down the old pole piece by piece in July. The company had to resort to using a high-pressured water hose to extract the lodged wood at the base. On August 19, the company erected the new pole, reattached the gilded eagle, and raised the new flag.