Today’s news is a mixed bag of type and location. I will travel from America’s Heartland, to the Naval Academy, and off to the United Kingdom. Sit back relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our little trip.
This is the kind of story that brings a lump to your throat. Karen Wagner snapped this fantastic photograph of the Kansas National Guard raising the flag from the rubble of the U.S. Post Office in Greenburg, Kansas. What a great photo, Karen.
Can Kansas town rebuild? : National-World : Albuquerque Tribune
The Friday night storm left 11 people dead and destroyed about 95 percent of Greensburg, leaving it a wasteland of stripped trees, downed and splintered utility poles, and flattened homes and businesses. The Kiowa County Courthouse and the tallest building in town, the Southern Plains Co-op’s 160-foot grain elevator, were among the few buildings that remained standing.
Greensburg has been known for its friendly charm, right down to the old-fashioned soda fountain at the drug store. The town’s proud claim to fame is the Big Well, considered the largest in the world to be dug by hand. Now the fountain is gone, the well buried in debris.
Diplomatic opportunities abound in this story about one flag, and three countries. The article has many details, to numerous to recap here, but I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.
Korean flag to be traded for captured spy ship? : Moves afoot to swap Naval Academy Museum piece for USS Pueblo – Naval Academy
The key to persuading North Korea to return the USS Pueblo may be found on the bottom shelf of a display case at the Naval Academy Museum. The artifact is a 141/2–by-141/2-foot yellow Korean flag the United States captured in 1871 when more than 650 U.S. Marines and Blue Jackets overran the Korean fortress on Ganghwa Island, west of Seoul. Only about 20 of the more than 250 Koreans in the fort survived; three Americans died, and 15 received the Medal of Honor. (North and South Korea were one country then, known in English as Corea.)
Flags are an important part of many cultures, and are used to designate nations, corporations, and awards. I loved this story because of the use of the words, dog fouling. What a nice way to say it.
Littlehampton Today Gazette News – Flying the flag for quality
LITTLEHAMPTON will fly a new flag on the seafront this summer having been awarded one of the first ever Quality Coast Awards. Awarded to beaches which meet a set a strict criteria and standards, the award is run by the environmental charity Encams and replaces the Seaside Award. Among the considerations every beach granted the award has to meet are offering clean sands free of litter and dog fouling, giving consideration given to pedestrians’ safety on and around the beach, providing good access and having facilities that are clean and in good working order.