For her tenth birthday, Patty asked for a flag pole for the front yard, and is still passionate for the Red, White and Blue. This is a good story to bring it all into perspective this Memorial Day weekend.
Beacon Journal | 05/24/2007 | To her, it’s a grand old flag
Girls in the mid-’60s asked for bicycles with banana seats and Barbie dolls for their 10th birthdays. But not Patty.
“I want a flagpole,” she told her stepdad, George Tittle (figuring it would come complete with an American flag).
He was happy to oblige. The little girl’s gift was in the front yard when she arrived home from Akron’s Harris Elementary School on Sept. 10, 1963.
Barely out of the starting gate of life, Patty was patriotic. That hasn’t changed over the years. Though she has no family fighting in Iraq, after the United States went to war, the Green mother of three retrieved a Christmas tree from the crawl space beneath her home and decorated it with red, white and blue lights and ornaments.
Each day, the lights come on at 5 p.m. and remain lighted until the wee hours of the morning.
The sixth graders wanted to do something special for the school, and decided to raise money to replace the flag pole. The school could afford the pole, but the students insisted. NICE!
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CHARLESTON — Leaving a school with a leaning flag pole and faded flag just isn’t something sixth-graders should do.
That’s why Brooke Homann and her classmates think it’s a good idea to raise money to replace the pole and flag at Jefferson Elementary School. The flag pole in front of the school will also be moved to a slightly different location so it will be easier to gather around, Brooke explained.
“It will make our school look a lot better,” she said.
Brooke is the head of a committee of students in Beth Lustig’s sixth-grade class working on raising money for the pole, flag and a light for the base of the pole. They hope to raise at least $1,000, and school Principal Debbie Poffinbarger said the school will make up the difference if they don’t get the estimated $2,500 to cover it all.
A Good Luck flag? I’ve ever heard of a flag as a good luck charm, but the Simmons family has one. Read this story for, what Paul Harvey calls, “The rest of the story.”
The Kaufman Herald
When he heads back to the Middle East, he won’t be alone. In his possession will be something that he credits for helping him make it through his first ordeal. Call it a family heirloom or just a good luck charm, but it’s something Evans said he won’t leave home without: a well-traveled Texas flag.
“My grandfather carried it through World War II; my uncle through his tour in Vietnam and my cousin through his tour in Desert Storm,” Evans said. “They all came back safe.”
Evans’ grandfather, John R. Simmons Sr., actually carried the flag with him on D-Day at Omaha Beach as well as into the Battle of Huertgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. Evans’ uncle, Forest L. Simmons, carried it in Di An, Nui Ba Den and Xuan Loc while his cousin Donald W. Simmons had it with him in Desert Storm.
“Every time I went outside the wire, that flag went with me,” Evans said. “It was even with me when I got blown up.”