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The Daily Flag News—September 4, 2007

You have to admire a kid that takes on a project with such short notice. Now, the recognition is coming to Ethan Enyart for his patriotic flag ceremony with his horse, Daphnie. Sounds like a show I’d like to see.

American spirit alive and well at horse show
ethan-enyart.jpg Ethan Enyart has only been riding horses for about four years. But watching him open the 4-H Senior Fair Horse Show, you’d never know it.

By the end of a patriotic eight-minute routine, Enyart’s horse is standing with her front legs on a seven-inch platform while Enyart is standing atop his mount, raising the American flag and holding his black cowboy hat over his heart.

Onlookers applaud and whistle, while a few others wipe away a tear. The flag ceremony at the fair isn’t the first time Enyart has performed this routine. His first time was actually last fall.

I sure hope this car dealer doesn’t get in trouble for his 100′ flagpole and 30′ x 60′ flag. Seeing that American flag waving sure takes your breath away from a long distance. Look at the cars at the base for a perspective on size.

MailTribune.com: Old Glory Extra
craterlakefordflag.jpg Whipping in the wind over a car dealership on Biddle Road is an American flag bigger than many houses.

The 30-by-60-foot flag was raised on a 120-foot pole over Crater Lake Ford as a tribute to veterans, said co-owner Don Knudsen.
Average heights

A plaque at the bottom of the pole reads, “This Flag Flies in Honor of our Military Veterans from Southern Oregon and Across America.””That’s what it’s all about,” Knudsen said.

It took 12 National Guardsmen and four volunteers to raise the flag so it wouldn’t touch the ground during a Wednesday ceremony.

“It was absolutely all Don Knudsen’s idea,” said Herbert Robb, chairman of the Jackson County Military Veterans Allied Council and a retired Marine veteran from the Korean War.

“He wanted to honor veterans and he felt the best way to do it was a flag, with a magnificent pole, and a plaque. I admire his objective and thank him for that.”

Until reading this article, I wasn’t aware that September 3, 1777 was the first battle for the Stars and Stripes. An interesting bit of history, don’t you think?

American flag flies in battle Sept. 3, 1777 – Andrew Glass – Politico.com
thepolitico.jpg On this day in 1777, an American flag flew in battle for the first time.

This occurred during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, Del. Gen. William Maxwell, commanding a Patriot force of infantry and cavalry, ordered the new flag raised in a clash with an advance guard of British and Hessian troops.

The rebels were defeated and forced to retreat to the encampment housing Gen. George Washington’s main force near Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania.

Three months beforehand, on June 14, the Continental Congress resolved that “the flag of the United States be 13 alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

This was a first for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard. The school needed an old flag disposed of, and the color guard was will to up to the challenge. The best part, the 5th graders were involved in the process to get the full meaning of respect for the U.S. flag.

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sheriffcolorguard.jpg Lt. Bagwell said it was the first time the Color Guard conducted a ceremonial disposal of an old U.S. flag, but he researched it to follow military custom and tradition.

“The flag that was destroyed was rendered the same honors as the new flag that was going up,” Bagwell said.

Congressman Deal told the children the flag represents their past, present and future.

“It represents the sacrifice of many people since the creation of our country,” he said.
“It is one that all of us are proud of as our heritage and we all look to you as the future citizens who will sustain the freedom that we have enjoyed for all these many years.”

The Scouting program, both Boy and Cub deserves as much attention as I can heap on them. Pack 28 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania is another fine example of Scouts learning the proper way to retire American flags. It’s a fine looking bunch of boys and leaders.

tyronepa | Flag burning ceremony
cub-scout-pack-28.jpg Cub Scout Pack 28 held a flag burning ceremony last night in Bellwood. The public was also invited to attend and were able to participate in the event. Copperhead Webelos Den Leader Matthew Hale said he has prepared several ceremonies over the years but this was the first held on Labor Day. He added he would like to see this as an annual event. Also in attendance was Cubmaster Chris Bowers; Legion Commander Tom Kissel; Vietnam Veteran Tom Johnson; Deputy Commander of 21st District WWII Dick Bungo and Mayor James Bonsell, WWII Vet. Pictured is Cub Scout Pack 28 and their leaders along with Mayor Bonsell and Bungo. Following the public ceremony, the scouts, along with their leaders, continued to work, properly disposing of many American flags and a POW flag. (The Daily Herald/Amanda Golden)

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