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The Daily Flag News—June 7, 2007

Jumping to conclusions would lead these investigators in the wrong direction. Utilizing past information, they quickly determined that varmints were stealing their flags. The question is, how do you stop the thieves?

Squirrels accused of taking cemetery flags | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
squirrel-theives.jpgNEENAH, Wis. — Caretakers of the Oak Hill Cemetery noticed around Memorial Day that about 25 U.S. flags were missing from veterans’ graves.

But the haphazard pattern of the thefts and the fact that the wooden dowels remained intact led them to believe the thieves weren’t human.

“It’s a pretty solid conclusion that critters are stealing our flags,” said cemetery foreman Mark Alberts.

A huge collection of flags, 267 strong, is recognized as the largest collection of reproduced flags. That’s a lot of flags. The website has more pictures you will enjoy looking at.

Article – News – Anaheim’s flag man
chuck-kissel-and-flags.jpgKissel’s collection has grown to 267 federal and colonial flags – some purchased reproductions, some homemade – kept in his west Anaheim home and unfurled during presentations and events, such as the Flag Day ceremony planned Sunday in downtown Anaheim.

Kissel is recognized as having the largest collection of reproduced historic U.S. flags in the country, according to David Martucci, former president of the North American Vexillological Association, an international group dedicated to the scientific study of flags.

“I started (the collection) because I wanted to know more,” said Kissel, 59, holding up the original flag that started his hobby. “Now, I want others to know.”

Looking for a toe-tapping good time on Flag Day? If you are in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, you’re in luck. The Marine Band will fill the air with patriotic songs beginning at 7 PM.

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter – Marine Band to play on Flag Day
htrnews-marine-band.jpgMANITOWOC — The Manitowoc Marine Band will play during the American Legion ceremony commemorating Flag Day, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Washington Park, 1100 block of Marshall St.

The band, in its 109th season, also will give a short concert following the ceremony.

Some seating is available, with room for lawn chairs; concessions will be sold.

During the ceremony, the band will play “Salute to America’s Finest,” “Amazing Grace,” “Washington Post March” by John Phillip Sousa, and “Sing We Liberty.”

The U.S. Open golf tournament is open to all qualifiers, worldwide. The story of of Rhys Davies, an amateur, defeating Fred Funk, making it into the US Open, is news all over the globe, as well.

Amateur flies flag for Wales at U.S. Open | the Daily Mail
rhysdavies.jpgWelsh amateur Rhys Davies is heading for the U.S. Open after seeing off the challenge of Fred Funk to win his qualifying round in Maryland.

Just five spots were available in a field of 65 at Woodmont Country Club and the highly rated 22-year-old from Bridgend took first place after rounds of 72 and 65.

The fact that the next two spots were taken by U.S. Tour veteran Joey Sindelar and Funk, winner of the Players Championship two years ago, underlines his feat.

While Wales’s leading player Bradley Dredge could not be bothered turning up for the qualifier at Walton Heath in Surrey, Davies now has a chance to make a name for himself at the year’s second major.

A recent UK law allows counties to fly their flags, and now the design rush is on. Huntingdonshire seems to have competing designs looking for recognition as the official flag. There are strict rules on adoption, because the flag belongs to the people, not the government. Interesting …

Hunts Post – Time to have a say about county flag
huntingdonshires-county-flag.jpgA CHANGE in planning laws means it is now permitted to fly an English county flag. But is this Huntingdonshire’s? That may be for you to decide.

To qualify as an official county flag, the design must be accepted by the public and registered with the Flag Institute. But to reach that stage it would by now need to have been flown in defiance of planning laws.

The Huntingdonshire Society, which was founded in 1998 to promote the historic county, has adapted the design (above left) from part of the coat of arms of the old county council, which was abolished in 1974.

Its secretary, Rupert Barnes, whose artist wife, Ann-Georgina, designed it at their Hertfordshire home, told The Hunts Post: “Huntingdonshire is an ancient county and one to be proud of. A county flag will let the people of Huntingdonshire show their loyalty. We hope, too, that visitors seeing the county flag will be reminded of a shire too-often forgotten. There is so much to be appreciated here that we do our fellow Britons a disservice if we stay hidden.

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