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The Daily Flag News—June 13, 2007

If you’re in the market for historic flags and swords, this auction is where you need to be. The price is high, but what price can you place on history?

Evening Sun – Custer flag, Grant sword could get $2M
custers-battle-flag.jpgThe tattered silk is stained and worn. Chunks are missing, edges are frayed, and a blue section has faded into more of a gray.

But someone might pay more than $2 million to get their hands on the fabric.

That’s because Gen. George Armstrong Custer carried the flag, made by his wife, during the last days of the Civil War.

A jewel-encrusted sword that once belonged to Ulysses S. Grant is expected to draw the same amount.

Those two items are the featured pieces in an auction that will be held in Gettysburg June 24 and 25. Texas-based Heritage Auctions expects hundreds of collectors, dealers and Civil War enthusiasts from around the country to attend what the gallery is calling “the most important Civil War auction in history.”

Thursday is Flag Day here in the United States. Newspapers nationwide are filled with announcements for celebrations, flag collections, flag retirement ceremonies, and more. If you have the opportunity, I would encourage you to fly your flag, and attend a celebration near you.

Sierra Vista Herald | The Bisbee Daily Review
arizona-state-color-guard.jpgSIERRA VISTA — From a simple pine tree on a white background in 1775 to the 50 stars and 13 stripes of today, the flag has stood for freedom and liberty for over two centuries. It still manages to stir the emotions of a nation as we say the Pledge of Allegiance or sing “The Star Spangled Banner” or pray at the graveside of a hero finally returning home.

Sunday, at the Elks Lodge #2065 Flag Day ceremony, the nearly 100 people in attendance rose for the presentation of the colors and salutes were held with shaking hands as aged bodies did their best to stand at attention.

“Our purpose here today is to honor our country’s flag and remember the achievements obtained beneath its folds,” said Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Robert Gross. He gave a brief history of the flag in all its forms and the gathering watched as each historical flag was presented by Fort Huachuca student officers.

Squirrels were not the culprits in this story.

Mystery of missing flags solved in Clarkstown
lohud-missing-flags.jpgCONGERS – The mystery of the missing American flags has been solved.

Officials from the town of Clarkstown said this afternoon that they were the ones who took down 50 or so flags from the Congers Road causeway last week.

The flags violated a town ordinance against signs, town attorney Amy Mele said.

“The ordinance does not allow for the posting of any kind of flags or signs anywhere in the right-of-way,” she said. “We have to enforce the rule, no matter how good the intention.”

Town officials on Wednesday removed 50 or so of the 70 large America flags that Congers resident Joe Hoehmann Jr. put up on the scenic causeway.

Hoehmann, a landscaper and EMT in the Bronx, spent $400 to buy the flags, which measured 2 feet by 3 feet each. He spent most of Memorial Day attaching the flags to the chain link fence lining the causeway that links Congers to New City.

Pennsylvania house votes to change state flag

House votes to add ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’ to state flag – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
pittsburg-tribune-review-state-flag.jpgHARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s state flag might soon become more recognizable under legislation that passed the state House of Representatives on Monday.

The chamber voted 164-31 to add the words “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” in yellow silk block letters to the blue banner.

Backers said about half the states already include their names on their flags.

The state flag was most recently updated 100 years ago, when the background color was mandated to be the same shade as found on the national flag.

2 thoughts on “The Daily Flag News—June 13, 2007

  1. […] week, I told you about the auction of Grant’s sword and Custer’s battle flag. The auction is now over, and the items have sold. The sword brought $1.6 million and the battle […]

  2. […] story started a few weeks ago with this article on the city removing the flags because no one claimed them. The original city story said the flags […]

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