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The Daily Flag News—March 28, 2007

A great collection of news stories today. The first story is about a Korean war vet and the crook who was stealing his flags.

WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News: Flag thief spotted, but not caught

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LA CROSSE, Wis. Doug Olson says it restored his faith in humanity when he found out how some small American flags were disappearing from outside his French Island home.
The Korean War veteran suspected some neighborhood kids, and confronted them about it.

But he says he then saw a squirrel crawl up and take another of his flags, and scamper away. It’s still at large.

Olson says he doesn’t hold any hard feelings, as long as the squirrel doesn’t pinch the only American flag he has left.

But he’s set out live traps and hopes to catch the squirrel, then deposit it somewhere far away from his front yard.

Barrington Irving trying to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. At twenty-three years old, Irving has the support of a lot of people—rooting him on to success.
Jamaica Gleaner News – Young pilot flies with ‘Inspiration’ – Monday | March 26, 2007

Barrington IrvingTwenty-three-year-old Kingston-born Barrington Irving Jr. on Friday morning made a bold take-off in pursuit of aviation history.

Irving, who resides in the United States, left the Opa-Locka Airport in Miami on a dream mission, to become the youngest-ever pilot to fly solo around the world.

He is travelling in his Colombia 400 single propeller aircraft he named Inspiration.

Mr. Irving’s aim on the ‘Experience Aviation Tour’ is to motivate young people to pursue worthwhile careers. Last week’s take-off was attended by a huge crowd, including his parents, students, public officials and a sprinkling of proud flag-waving Jamaicans from around the U.S., anxious to witness the first stage of a journey that is expected to take him more than 40 days to complete.

I love kites! They are bright and colorful, plus a lot of fun to fly. Lots of cities sponsor flags days for everyone to come out and have a great time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy all the different kites presented in the sky.
Chico Enterprise Record – Sky infused with color on Kite Day

Kite DayJo Ann Welch was disappointed when her owl made a sharp turn and crashed beak-first into the grass. A few yards away, Meaghan Murray was having trouble coaxing her pirate ship into the air.

The pair were not alone in their endeavors, surrounded by a few thousand others tugging on mermaids, dragons, fighter planes and butterflies.

The diverse mix of young and old packed Community Park Sunday for the 23rd annual Kite Day, a free event that invites people to socialize by simply flying a kite.

This article falls into the “I can’t believe it” basket and also the “I wonder how much alcohol was involved.” Read carefully though, she was only stealing them so “nobody else would.” Right … – Summons Issued In Westport Bridge Flag Flap

Flags on BridgeMonday, Wiscasset police issued a summons to a woman they say was caught stealing American flags from the Westport Island Bridge, where a number of flags have vanished over the past year.

Police say a passer-by saw 23-year-old Heather Willoughby-Bertrand throwing the flags into her car. She claims she stole them so nobody else would.

Police say the passerby blocked her car in with his car and wouldn’t allow her to leave until police showed up.

You know, sometimes it’s just not your fault. This is the case of a manufacturing mistake, rather than pilot error. The North Carolina flag looks very similar to the Texas flag, except the two horizontal stripes are red over white, not white over red (like Texas). It also includes the letters NC, so you can’t just flip the flag over and make it right. Oh well … – Current Article Page

North Carolina FlagOn the school’s flagpole, the state flag hangs just below the American flag. Students hoist the flag in the morning and take it down at the end of the school day.

The state flag they have been raising for the last year has a problem that most people might not notice. The white horizontal bar is at the top, the red at the bottom, which is opposite the way the maker intended when he designed the flag in 1865.

Darling says she first realized something was off around the students’ Christmas break.

“I was sitting on my porch and I thought, ‘That looks different,’ ” she says. “I went and got my book of North Carolina history and looked at the flag.”

Just to clear the names of the children at Sunnyside school: They have not been hanging the flag incorrectly. The problem is fully in the design, or as Darling says: “It’s just a bad flag.”

I would love to attend this Flag Day parade with its 30,000 American flags waving. Photos may be as close as I get, but they will fall short of being there. Can you imagine seeing all those flags waving in the breeze? Very impressive!
Appleton Post-Crescent: Your Fox Cities News Source – Flags will wave at Appleton Flag Day parade

APPLETON — Tens of thousands of American flags will line the Flag Day parade route again this year thanks to community donations.

The Post-Crescent reported March 20 that the Fox Cities Exchange Club, which has distributed about 30,000 flags to spectators each year for the past six years, was hoping someone would offer money to buy them for this year’s parade.

An anonymous donor pledged most of more than $5,000 needed to give flags to spectators along the parade’s two-mile route, said John Daniels, an Appleton attorney who footed about $3,000 toward last year’s flag giveaway.

“One anonymous don-or came through with a substantial amount of what we needed to buy the flags,” said Daniels.

How about an essay contest for grades 2-12, writing on “What the American Flag means to me.” The first place prize with this contest has to be classified as the coolest I’ve witnessed. Someone will be very popular with their classmates if they win this one. You go kids! Pagebank

Balloon flagPNC Bank and the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning are once again inviting New Jersey school children in grades 2 – 12 to enter the PNC Bank American Patriot Essay Contest, by writing an essay about the topic
“What the American Flag Means to Me.”

Essays should be 100 words or less and will be judged by a panel of representatives from PNC Bank and the balloon festival. The essays will be judged on creativity, poignancy, and clarity, with consideration given to the grade level of the applicant.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a special appearance of a hot air balloon at his or her school!

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