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The Daily Flag News—May 11, 2007

Round and round she goes—where she stops, nobody knows. From both sides of the pond, the Internet jet brings news from Massachusetts, Florida, and the U.K..

Some towns have too much of a good thing. Norton, Massachbusetts has an existing city flag, and is looking to replace it with another design. When most cities don’t even have one flag, Norton has an abundance. The story has a photograph of both flags, and I don’t think they can go wrong with either.

Town flag seeks official status – Norton, MA – Norton Mirror
norton-mirror.jpgNorton – Voters will be asked to approve the “Congregational Meeting House” flag, adopted by the selectmen in January of 1994, but never officially ratified by the town, at the May 14 annual Town Meeting.

The flag is a result of a design contest sponsored by then selectman Clarence “Butch” Rich, which drew 300 entries for a new town flag. Two Norton High School students, senior Jamie Langevin (Langevin passed away in 1995) and freshman Ryan Smith claimed the grand prize for their depiction of the meeting house underscored by a banner bearing the words “Norton, Massachusetts” and the incorporation date of the town. The flag hangs in the Selectmen’s meeting room.

The current town flag is known as “The Liberty and Union Flag”, and was officially ratified as the town flag in a Special Town Meeting on Feb. 23, 1976.

Many stories from The Daily Flag are about kids designing flags for use, but this story, from the U.K., has a small twist. The children will be making flags to carry in a parade in a couple of months. I’d love to see a picture of the parade in July.

Beccles And Bungay Journal – Young flag makers needed
beccles-bungay.jpgThe Bungay NSPCC committee is looking for children to take part in a flag making competition on the opening day of this year’s Bungay Festival 2007, on July 7.

The aim is for as many children as possible to make flags, and carry them in a short parade from the castle to the Castle Meadow on that day, when a children’s afternoon entitled Flying the Flag for Children will take place following the traditional flag raising ceremony which will signal the start of the festival at 2pm.

When youngsters’ imaginations are turned loose, they can come up with huge surprises. This middle school group are busy putting together materials for the 277th Support Battalion’s Task Force Liberty, deploying to Iraq. Way to go kids!

The News-Press: Cape Coral
news-press-florida.jpgTrafalgar Middle School students are scrambling to put together a second entertainment center for U.S. military troops.

That is because the unit Betsy Henry’s classes were supporting is being redeployed to Iraq in just a few weeks. The unit recently finished a two-year tour in Afghanistan, where the first entertainment center remains.

“These guys get shot at every day,” said Henry, whose son, Maj. Lewis Henry II, commands the 277th Aviation Support Battalion’s Task Force Liberty. “This is a way that they are able to take their mind off the stress. And that’s more important now than it was before.”

A plea for help on flags passed down through the generations in the U.K. without stories to fill in the gaps. The couple that owns the flags are looking for a little help to know more about the flags. If you recognize the flag in the photo, the story includes telephone numbers.

Plea for help on flag facts: Express & Star
passeddownflag.jpgA Black Country couple are appealing for information on two mysterious military flags they own that have been handed down through the generations.

Mick and Mary Corbett, of Brunel Court, Coseley, believe the flags belonged to Mary’s grandfather Alfred Bloore – but know little else about them.

The two flags were passed on to Mary after her father died seven years ago, and the family has been trying to find out more information ever since.

One is a silk Union Jack flag with a white border and the phrases “Faithful to the flag”, “Be prepared”, “Defence not defiance” and “Our King and Country” on it.

The other is a parchment-coloured linen flag with Mr Bloore’s name on it.

There is also a number and name of a regiment, which has faded over the years, but the family believe it to read as the Worcestershire Regiment.

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