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The Daily Flag News—May 21, 2007

One week ago today, I linked to a news story about the U.S. flag that was in Ford’s Theater the evening President Lincoln was shot. Here is another article about the flag and its history since that fateful day. It’s a fascinating story. Enjoy!

Straus Newspapers – The Chronicle / News
straus-lincoln-flag.jpgThe family history tells that Thomas Gourlay was among those who rushed to Lincoln’s theater box after the shooting. At some point during efforts to treat the president, Gourlay is said to have taken a large wool flag, measuring about 81/2 by 12 feet, and cushioned Lincoln’s head. After the president was taken to a house across the street, where he died the following morning, Gourlay retrieved the bloodied flag and hid it.

The flag remained a Struthers’ family heirloom until 1954 and, upon going to the society, apparently spent some years in relative obscurity. Dick Daddis, president of the society, has heard stories of the flag having been draped over an outdoor porch rail.

Enthusiastic kids learning about the American flag and flag etiquette go hand-in-hand with willing Veterans wanting to teach. This assures the reasons behind the symbol won’t be lost to future generations.

Monessen students learn flag etiquette – PittsburghLIVE.com
the-valley-independent.jpgMONESSEN – Greyhound spirit met patriotic spirit as area veterans taught sixth grade students at Monessen High/Middle School about proper care of – and the history of – the American flag.

Members of the Mon Valley Leathernecks and Mon Valley Shipmates provided the flag program to a gathering of about 70 eager middle school students Thursday in the school auditorium.

Leatherneck Manuel Yocolano asked the students if they had Greyhound spirit, getting an enthusiastic response. He then liked school spirit to national pride.

The students were given flag stickers as they left the auditorium.

Did you know that La Fayette designed the original French flag? According to the article the modern day flag has the colors in a different order, which came about after Waterloo. That’ll teach you. Lose a battle, change the flag.

The Daily Advertiser – www.theadvertiser.com – Lafayette, LA
the-daily-advertiser.jpgAmong the other notable things that he did, the Marquis de La Fayette created the modern French flag in July 1789 by combining the royal white with the blue and red of Paris.

When the tricolor flag was originally created, the colors were the reverse of what they are today. The red bar was nearest the pole, and today it is on the outside of the flag. The French National Convention adopted the modern blue-white-red flag as the national flag on Feb. 15, 1794.

The flag went out of use with Napoléon’s defeat at Waterloo. It was replaced by the old royal white flag, but was brought back in 1830 (again by La Fayette) and has remained in use ever since.

The three vertical colored bands were not always of equal width, and on the French naval jack they still are not of equal width.

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