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The Daily Flag News—July 24, 2007

This is a “feel-good” story from Vernon Texas. You can join the Navy and see the world, but Paul Beauregard and his wife joined Scouting and saw the world—or 23 countries of the world.

Times Record News: Local News
paul-beauregard.jpgPaul said another highlight of his service in Europe was the scout participation in a ceremony held every three years at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. He said the scouts were given a list of names of soldiers buried at the cemetery who have no known living relatives. The scouts placed a single carnation on each of those graves.

“It was very impressive,” he said.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 U.S. military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations.

The Flag did it! That’s what they are saying in Scotland about the huge rock displaced from the top of the Church of Scotland General Assembly Hall, shortly before Prince Andrew was due. I’d sure hate to be the one explaining this one.

Scotsman.com News – Scotland – Over-sized flag blamed for Assembly stone fall
cos-general-assembly-hall.jpgAn over-sized flag was today blamed for a large chunk of masonry falling 65 feet from the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly Hall, just hours before Prince Andrew, First Minister Alex Salmond and Lord Provost George Grubb walked underneath.

The flag wrapped itself around the top of one of the tower’s pinnacles at the entrance on The Mound and tore off a “crocket” stone, described as the size of a dinner plate, sending it crashing to the pavement below.

But today, the man in charge of repairs and maintenance of the building said the accident would not have happened had a smaller flag been flying.

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