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The Daily Flag News—August 31, 2007

Is Joe Farry’s U.S. flag to first to fly in Tokyo Bay before the official surrender? Farry’s not sure, but the flag he posses was one of the first. The flag flew over the USS Compton as it entered Tokyo Bay in 1945. A very interesting story.

The Columbus Dispatch : Man’s flag might be a WWII ‘first’
joe-farry-flag.jpgFirst, he knew he had the flag. The one with 48 stars, the one torn in the middle and frayed on the sides, stained dark in places from the smokestacks. It flew over the USS Compton when the destroyer entered Tokyo Bay in 1945, a few days before Japan signed the surrender ending World War II on Sept. 2.

He was a signalman on that ship.

“We were the ones who hoisted the flags,” said Farry, who is now 85 and lives in Reynoldsburg. “I said to the communications officer, ‘Can I have this thing?’ and he said yes. Of course, I didn’t know the significance of this at the time.”

As a Texas schoolboy, I don’t remember saying the Pledge to the Texas flag. This year Texas legislators added the phrase—under God—to the pledge, and someone quickly sued. The courts have upheld the phrase which matches the U.S. Flag pledge.

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texas-flag-pledge.jpgA Carrolton couple sued the state on behalf of their children challenging the constitutionality of the new phrase in the pledge to the Texas flag, “one state, under god.”
That phrase was added to the pledge by lawmakers last session and was said in public school classrooms for the first time this week. A Dallas federal court has upheld the language for now. Attorney General Greg Abbott says in a written statement that he believes the courts will continue to uphold the new language just as courts have upheld “one nation under god” in the pledge to the U.S. flag.

Text of the Pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag.
“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”

There’s regular troop support and then there is Ted Hoffman in Colorado. Hoffman has painted the insignias for all the services and the American flag around the front of his house. I like the looks of this. Keep up the good work Ted.

The Tribune – News
tedhoffmansyard.jpgThere are any number of magnificent memorials to military veterans across the country — Arlington Cemetery; the Washington, D.C., Vietnam War Memorial; New York City’s Korean War memorial.

And then there’s Ted Hoffman’s front yard. Tucked just off U.S. 34 about a mile east of U.S. 85, Hoffman has an ode to every branch of the military, an American flag and other emblems coloring his front lawn.

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