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The Daily News—June 26, 2007

Now this is a prize! Shaina’s prize-winning essay is at the bottom of the linked story.

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ballon-ride.jpgA hot-air balloon visited Yavneh Academy in Paramus on Monday to celebrate Shaina Cohen’s grand prize in the fourth annual PNC Bank American Patriot Essay Contest.

Shaina, a third-grader from Fair Lawn, was the top winner among more than 700 students in Grades 2-12 for her essay, “What the American Flag Means to Me.”

Her prizes include a free balloon ride at the 25th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in association with PNC Bank, July 27-29, at Solberg Airport in Readington.

Shaina’s essay follows: “To me it is Liberty for all, freedom for all. I know I am not alone when I see my flag from the road because every road leads me home. The flag means justice and that all should live in peace, it means God watches down on America, and that no one can take our freedom from us, because we fought for it and now we own it! It means America has pride, good fortune, and of course, beauty! When I am scared I look up, there the American flag is standing right over me to give me strength and confidence.”

The Navy’s new USS Kidd was dedicated in Galveston, Texas last week, amid great celebration and fanfare. The USS Kidd flies a unique flag mascot, rich with history.

The Galveston County Daily News
the-daily-news-jolly-roger.jpgI attended the commissioning of the newest U.S. Navy ship, the USS Kidd, DDG 100. This is the third ship to be named after Rear Adm. Isaac Kidd, who was killed aboard the Battleship Arizona when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

When the first Kidd left Brooklyn Shipyard in 1943, flying the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger high from her foremast, the edition of Time Magazine that week carried a photo, announcing that it had been 100 years since the Jolly Roger had flown in New York Harbor. Ironically, the pirate hailed from New York.

The crew quickly adopted the Jolly Roger as its mascot and hired a local cartoonist to paint the famed buccaneer’s image high on the forward smokestack.

Not wishing to dishonor Admiral Kidd, however, the crew asked for permission from Mrs. Kidd first. On their behalf, she obtained permission from the Navy. This buccaneer flag is the only nonofficial Navy flag ever allowed to fly on a U.S. Navy ship.

Flag restoration is a tough project, especially when the flag has a lot of historical meaning. This Jolly Roger is more than 300 years old, and was restored by a student working on her Masters degree in Textile Conservation.

Student restores rare Jolly Roger pirate flag to former glory | the Daily Mail
jolly-roger-flag.jpgA rare 18th century pirate flag has been restored to its former glory.

The crudely-stitched Jolly Roger was captured in battle on the Barbary Coast of North Africa in 1780 by Lieutenant Richard Curry, a naval captain who later became an Admiral.

The red wool fabric bears a painted cotton fabric skull and crossbones roughly stitched onto one side and was in a poor condition when it was brought into the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC), part of the University of Southampton, Hants.

The flag’s current owner, a descendant of Lieutenant Curry, asked the centre on Winchester School of Art’s campus to conserve the flag.

The work took student Bonnijo Chervenock six weeks to complete as part of her second-year Masters degree in Textile Conservation.

An American hero from World War II has died. One of the Marines to raise the first flag over Iwo Jima, Charles W. Lindberg, died Sunday.

Man who raised U.S. flag in Japan dies
iwojima-flag-raiser.jpgRICHFIELD, Minn. – Charles W. Lindberg, one of the U.S. Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, has died. He was 86.

Lindberg died Sunday at Fairview Southdale hospital in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. .

Lindberg spent decades explaining that it was his patrol, not the one captured in the famous Associated Press photograph by Joe Rosenthal, that raised the first flag as U.S. forces fought to take the Japanese island.

In the late morning of Feb. 23, 1945, Lindberg fired his flame-thrower into enemy pillboxes at the base of Mount Suribachi and then joined five other Marines fighting their way to the top. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery.

Last 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 flag $47,800, which is a real bargain.

Gen. U.S. Grant Sword Draws $1.6 Million Bid at Auction
sword-article.jpgGETTYSBURG, Pa. — A diamond-adorned sword once owned by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant brought a winning bid of more than $1.6 million in an auction of Civil War items.

The sword given to Grant, who later became the 18th president, was one of the marquee items among the 750 to be auctioned Sunday and Monday by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas.

Another showcase item up for bid was Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s frayed battle flag, which was auctioned for $896,250. Another item of note was a “Bonnie Blue” flag carried by the 3rd Texas State Cavalry, which drew a bid of $47,800.

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