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The Daily Flag News—July 29, 2007

Eighty-year old Ervin Simons has one mission in life … educate Americans about their flag. Ervin and The Daily Flag certainly see eye-to-eye!

Salt Lake Tribune – His goal: educate about the flag
bryce-canyon-park-ranger-james-woolsey.jpgErvin Simons is a man on a mission: He wants to educate as many people as possible about the history of flags in the United States. Years ago, Simons started collecting historical U.S. flags, researched them for hours on end, put together a presentation of their history and began visiting the likes of schools, scouting groups and senior centers to share his knowledge and love of the flags. It is a passion he continues to pursue to this day.
His love affair with flags – and patriotism – began many years ago. Eighty-year-old Simons, now of West Valley City, was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His father set an example for military service by enlisting in the Army during World War I. When Simons came of age, the country was in the throes of war and he felt a responsibility to answer the call of duty. He served as a storekeeper in the Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict from 1944-1953.

To applaud or not applaud … what a great question. This article brings up this question of protocol for the National Anthem in a choral setting. I admit, I’m uncomfortable with applause in this setting, yet somehow, it’s fitting at the ball park. If you have a take, head over and leave a comment.

ChoralBlog: National Anthem — Should There be Applause?
us-flagwaving.jpgPerformances of our National Anthem continue to draw notoriety – whether because of raucous audiences at ball games, performances in languages other than English, or renderings that musically distort the anthem.

Just recently, I heard of a major high school reunion event at which a recording of Jimi Hendrix’ performance of National Anthem offended many, prompting some to sit in protest and many others to walk out during the anthem. Emotions run high when displays of patriotism and freedom of expression seem to collide, and several questions can approach ensemble conductors as they prepare for future performances of The Star-Spangled Banner.

The people of California have spoken. BART needs to get their American flags in order and replace the ones that have reached retirement age. A video story accompanies this article on the channel 5 website showing the flag and interviews with locals and BART officials.

cbs5.com – Complaints Over Tattered Flag At CoCo BART Station
bay-area-rapid-transit.jpg(CBS 5) PITTSBURG Many people who use the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station have been bugged by a tattered American flag flying high above.

A tattered American flag flying at the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station has been bugging many.

BART officials say winds in the area have damaged the flag. The agency knew about the problem and attempted to replace the tattered 10’x15′ flag with a much smaller one.

The smaller flag didn’t look right, and someone mistakenly put the damaged flag back.

CBS 5 contacted BART officials and soon after the flag was taken down.

Our video report has more.

Strong reminders of World War II continue to be dedicated around our Country. This monument for the troops of Anzio Beach, in Italy, is located in a Boy Scout camp on Staten Island.

Signaleer: Anzio Monument Dedicated
anziomonument.jpgA monument honoring American and allied troops of World War II, who served on Anzio Beach Italy in 1944, was unveiled this afternoon at Boy Scout Camp Pouch in the Sea View section of Staten Island.

The monument, surrounded by about 10 miniature American flags and between a large American flag and POW flag, joins three other memorials in the Until We Meet Again Garden at the camp.

“Unfortunately not too many people know about Anzio,” said John Boller, president of the Anzio Beachhead Veterans. “Most people don’t know it played an intricate part in the overall war effort.”More than 70,000 allied casualties took place during the campaign.

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