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The Daily Flag News—May 14, 2007

I located a terrific website this morning with a story about the Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry flags. The site is ran by a Civil War buff that works as a Park Ranger at the Antietam National Battlefield. He has photos of some of the Civil War flags, and includes a link the Pennsylvania state website. Fascinating.

The 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry: Flags of the 48th Pennsylvania
recordbanner.jpgOne year after the end of the American Civil War, on Independence Day, 1866, the battle flags of Pennsylvania’s regiments were returned to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in an elaborate ceremony that concluded with a memorable parade of the regiments’ survivors through the streets of Philadelphia.
Since this day 141 years ago, the flags of Pennsylvania’s Civil War regiments have been stored in a state arsenal building, then displayed in a specially-built flag room in the capitol. After this they were transferred to the state’s Executive Library and Museum, and then–finally–back to the capitol rotunda. It used to be that you had to travel to Harrisburg, or make a special appointment to view these flags, but not anymore. . .now, it’s as simple as a few clicks

It’s another Cub Scout story, involving the American flag. A short article, with no pictures, but the boys were busy.

Daily and Sunday Review – New American flag raised at park
the-daily-sunday-review.jpgTowanda Pack 6 Cub Scouts participated in a flag-raising ceremony at the cemetery Saturday morning. The flag pole is located at the entrance of the park off of Route 6.

Members of Pack 6 lowered the old flag and then raised the new flag that was provided by U.S. Rep. Chris Carney.

The scouts then placed more than 900 American flags by the graves of veterans.

Pack 6 participants included scouts: David Boardman, Josh Lundy, Dakota Kerschner, Robbie Roof, Auston Muller, Jeremy Vanderpool, Zachary Slater, Tommy Morrison, Brian Westbrook and Joey Scott. Scout leaders included Sue Lundy, Stacy Roof, Don Spencer, Deonna Kerschner and Kathy Fields.

The flag from Ford’s Theater, the night President Lincoln was shot, is on display in Allentown. The 36 star flag even has Lincoln’s blood on it. The flag was used to cushion his head, waiting on medical personnel. There is also a video showing the unveiling of the flag for display. Unbelievable!

WFMZ-TV Online
lincoln-flag.jpgAn important artifact from the Civil War is on display in Allentown. A 36 Star American Flag that was in Ford’s Theater the night President Lincoln was assassinated is now at the National Lincoln Exhibit. The flag is stained with the President’s blood because it was used to cushion his head as he lay dying from a gunshot wound.

An intriguing story about the American flag from the submarine USS Nautilus on its historic passage under the North Pole. It ended up with a sailor after the cruise, and is now the property of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. who will oversee it showing at museums around the United States.

Historic sub flag unfurled in Colorado
gj-sentinel.jpgThe Stars and Stripes that flew from the conning tower of the first submarine to pass beneath the North Pole have been whipped by the dry western Colorado breeze now for decades, their historical significance largely recognized by only a few.

The underway flag of the nuclear-powered U.S.S. Nautilus now is on temporary loan to the Museum of the West, and officials plan to have it on display as the museum reopens on May 19.

Now owned by U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., the flag found its way to western Colorado with Larry Brown, who has had it as close to the brine as the White River since 1969.

Soon after the Nautilus completed its super-secret mission to pass beneath the geographic North Pole at 11:15 p.m., Aug. 3, 1958, it made for port at Groton, Conn., for repairs.

Larry Brown, a submariner from the diesel era and a pipefitter, was walking up the gangplank when he saw a sailor walking down, carrying a tattered flag.

When Brown learned that was the vessel’s underway flag on its historic mission, he asked for it.

“I promised I would take good care of it,” he said.

And for 48 years, he did that.

One thought on “The Daily Flag News—May 14, 2007

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