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The Daily Flag News—May 15, 2007

This flag is bigger and weighs more than most of the Cub Scouts from Pack 455. They are charged with proper disposal of a 30′ X 50′ American flag that flies over a car dealership in Lafayette, LA. I would love them to video the ceremony, and post to YouTube.

The Daily Advertiser – www.theadvertiser.com – Lafayette, LA
scouts-dealership-flag.jpgIt’s not a flag, anymore, just a collection of red, white and blue parts. A U.S. flag that once flew over Adrian Vega’s Acadiana Dodge is in the hands of Broussard’s Cub Scout Pack 455, awaiting its destruction.

The retired flag, which was taken out of service when it became too worn to display, is in limbo at the moment. It was supposed to be properly disposed of in a ceremony at a campout at Camp Avondale near Baton Rouge in March, but the event had to be canceled because of rain.

The proper way to destroy a retired flag is to burn it, said Scoutmaster John Prejean of Cub Scout Pack 455.
“We had to have (the campout) in a gym,” Prejean said, “and it’s not allowed to have a fire there.”

I never dreamed this sport was a big as it is. Flag football for high school girls is exploding in Florida, one of only two states that sanction at this level. Words like “fastest growing” and “4000 girls” tend to grab your attention.

AHN | Girls Flag Football In State Of Florida Coninues Exponential Growth | May 15, 2007
girls-flag-football.jpgFlag football is the fastest growing girls’ high school sport in the state and according to two respected high school athletic directors and one well-known head coach in the sport; it may be coming to an area near you soon. …
… “We started out 10 years ago in just our county,” Massey said. “We got a Florida Parks and Recreation rule book and went from there. We had 60 schools playing the first year and now we’re up to 152 schools.”

Florida, along with Alaska, are the only two states that sanction the sport at the high school level while no states sanction flag football as a boys’ sport. …
… Over 4,000 girls at nearly 150 schools now participate in the sport.

A Japanese Battle flag is the second story of its kind in the last few weeks. On May 10th, a story about a North Korean flag was in the news, now a Japanese flag is in the process of returning to the original family of ownership. Too bad no picture accompanied the story.

Top Stories: World War II Battle Flag To Be Returned to Japan, flag, family, museum – NewsChannel 9
japanese-battle-flag.jpgIt was over 60 years ago that Kihachi Imaizumi lost his life as a Japanese soldier during World War II. The battle flag he brought with him has remained–and up until today was located at Chattanooga’s Medal of Honor Museum.

Now, it will soon be making a trip back home to Imaizumi’s family in central Japan.

Museum volunteer Hitoe Engelbrekt, who herself is a Japanese citizen, first noticed the flag in the museum’s archives, and successfully appealed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees to release the flag to the Imaizumi family.

Brighton, Mass. celebrated its bicentennial in a unique way. Students from several schools gathered to form a large U.S. flag on the steps of Brighton High School for a huge photograph. This event was a re-creation of a similar event at the centennial celebration. Happy Birthday Brighton!

Living flag unfurled, history recreated – Brighton, MA – Allston/Brighton TAB
brighton-living-flag.jpgBrighton -Winship School wore white shirts. Mt. St. Joseph and Horace Mann wore red ones. Brighton High School held the stars. On Friday, May 11, more than 390 kids from these schools, plus nine others around Allston and Brighton, combined to create a “living” version of the United States flag on the steps of Brighton High School, in a joyous celebration of the town’s bicentennial.

“It was 390 of the nicest kids in the country,” said Nancy O’Hara, who co-organized the event with Janet Tambascio-Fraher and Dick Marques.

Photographers perched atop buildings across the street captured a bird’s-eye view of the festivities, which included a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Roudnie Celestin, a student at Brighton High School, and a version of “America the Beautiful” performed by a chorus from the Roland Hayes School.

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