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Flag from 1948 given to Holt High School

[photopress:48_Star_Flag.jpg,thumb,right]Two nice newspapers articles about a vintage flag, recently given to Holt High School, Holt, Michigan.

Lansing State Journal: Veterans group donates flag to Holt High School

HOLT — Stars and stripes hang over Holt High School, but there are only 48 stars instead of the 50 most teenagers are used to.

That’s because a group of Korean War veterans donated to the high school an historic U.S. flag back when Alaska and Hawaii weren’t part of the United States. It was presented in 1948 as a gift from U.S. Rep. Wayne L. Hayes after having flown for a day over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The flag was originally given to Anna and Mike Yandora at the funeral of their son, Emil, who was killed at age 23 by a sniper in France 1944 during World War II.

Lansing State Journal: Flag from 1948 given to Holt High School

HOLT – Almost 60 years after giving solace to a grieving family, a 48-star American flag found a new place of honor Tuesday.

The flag’s complicated journey to Holt High School started when Richard Yandora of Sterling Heights asked a group of Korean War veterans for help.

The flag belonged to Yandora’s grandparents, who received it from a congressman in 1948 at the funeral of their son – Yandora’s uncle. Pfc. Emil Yandora, 23, was killed in France during World War II and originally buried there.

The giant flag was made before Hawaii and Alaska became states, making it an unusual sight these days.

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