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The Daily Flag News—August 6, 2007

Before we get started today with the news, I’d like you to take the time to look at a photograph. The photo is of Cowes Week held in the UK, and is super.

Today’s news begins by catching up with two stories from last week commemorating Scout Troops celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of Scouts. These two reports reflect what was happening all over the world on August 1st, 2007. It was a celebration that will only be topped in a couple of years with the 100th Anniversary of Scouting starting in America.

The first story from the Detroit area …

Metro Boy Scouts celebrate organization’s 100th year
dfo-boy-scout-celebration.jpgOn Aug. 1, 1907, at 8 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, Lord Robert Baden-Powell assembled his first scouts on Brownsea Island off the southern coast of England. He use a kudu horn to bring together the 21 boys, a device he had brought back to England from his service in the Boer War.

To commemorate the centennial, the World Organization of the Scout Movement organized a multinational event. Tuesday at 8 a.m. GMT, two scouts from the 155 countries involved in scouting gathered on Brownsea Island to hear the kudu horn sound. The WOSM also encouraged all scouting groups to partake in a similar ceremony at 8 a.m. in their respective time zone.

and the second from Mount Pleasant, Texas …

The Daily Tribune Online – News
dt-boy-scouts.jpgLocal Boy Scouts drew out their flags, raised them high, then fired up their Dutch ovens in honor of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100 years’ celebration. Along with chants, songs and cheers, bugles and trumpets filled the air when selected members of the 100 plus Scouts gathered at the Dellwood Park Scout Hut to raise the Boy Scout flag, Texas flag and the American Flag over their day camp. Later, youngsters as small as Tiger Cubs filled their Dutch ovens with tasty treats in competition for the best dish, while leaders and older Scouts prepared rope obstacle courses, fun, games, and activities for all to enjoy. TRIBUNE photos by Amber Cullen & Amber Donham.

Hoist Her Flag is a terrific name for a horse, especially a winner. It is sad to read that she has been laid to rest.

Stakes Winner Hoist Her Flag Dead |
bloodhorsenews.jpgHoist Her Flag, a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame, was euthanized July 30 at Dan and Cindy Mjolsness’ Barrington Hills Farm near Barrington, Ill., because of deteriorating effects of melanoma. She was 25.

Bred in North Dakota by Kermit W. Moen, Hoist Her Flag was bought as a weanling by Seven Springs Farm, owned by Mjolsness’ parents, Dan and Bev Mjolsness of Minnesota.

Hoist Her Flag dominated Canterbury in the late 1980s in such a way that she was voted the track’s horse of the year twice and given the honorary title “Queen of Canterbury.”

Bill Fraley had a close call the other day. I can’t understand why someone would set fire to the flag flying in front of his house, but even worse is the possibility of the house burning down. The local television station did a good report on this story and is linked from the story page. In the video, you can see how close this came to a house fire.

Flag burning – CBS 21
bill-fraley-home-flag.jpgSomeone set fire to his American flag, which he had proudly displayed in front of his home. As Ewa Roman reports, whoever torched Old Glory is still on the loose.

Bill Fraley of Derry Township is a veteran, so you can imagine how hurt he was after he found someone had burned his American Flag.

“We have a great country. I did my time, many of us did our time in the service for our country and our homes.”

Fraley’s passion for the Red, White and Blue stands strong. He was in the US Army from 1951 to 1953. During that time he had many responsibilities, one of them as a color guard.

Happy Birthday to Kelly, to our favorite Eagle Scout and U.S. Navy veteran, who turned 37 today.

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