Lots of news about flags today. We start with some space trivia, head to a Japanese flag story, honor POW/MIA Recognition Day, more space trivia, view a captured flag, and finally, a letter from a soldier in Iraq. Busy, busy, busy. This should take you through the entire weekend on flag news.
Ten bits of trivia about the NASA Space program you might not know about. I have highlighted eight and nine, but all ten are interesting.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Space Exploration – US News and World Report
8. Although it may appear to be flying backward, the flag on the shuttle is positioned so as to appear as though it’s flying alongside the ship; this is done to be in accordance with the regulation for displaying the U.S. flag on a national vehicle so that the star field is positioned at the front of the vessel (or the nose cone end of the shuttle).
9. Flying American flags to space originated with the flight of the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, in 1961. Elementary students from a Cocoa Beach, Fla., school purchased the flag for Shepard to carry onboard; the flag was rolled up and placed between cables behind Shepard’s head inside his Freedom 7 Mercury spacecraft. Onetime NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin said, “The American flags are a patriotic symbol of our strength and solidarity and our nation’s resolve to prevail.”
Sixty-two years has passed since Corporal Poulsen brought home a small prize from WWII. That prize, a Japanese flag, is now back with its original family. A nice story.
Utah family returns WWII flag taken from fallen soldier to Japan – ABC4.com
U.S. Marine Corporal Ted Poulsen returned from World War II with honor and a few treasures to remind him of the courageous battles he fought. One of those items was a flag, found near the body of a brave Japanese officer. Now 62-years later and through a series of miracles, that flag has been returned to the Japanese family who lost its loved one so long ago.
POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day for flying the POW/MIA flag with the American flag. Bill Reynolds succeeded in encourging the City of Santa Clarita to fly that flag above City Hall today. Good job, Bill.
The Signal: News for Santa Clarita Valley, California
Another flag is flying high at City Hall today – a flag that honors prisoners of war and service men and women still missing in action.
The flag’s formal name is the National League of Families’ POW/MIA and it was raised today in support of National POW/MIA Recognition Day across the United States.
Bill Reynolds of Santa Clarita served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division.
He approached City Hall officials about flying the flag after learning of the observance from other veterans online.
Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag on Sept. 21 and on five other days annually, including: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
Reynolds said he’s happy just to see it flying in Santa Clarita.
Buzz Aldrin was prepared to conduct a Communion Service from the moon in 1969, but was prevented because of the possible lawsuits. I didn’t hear about this until yesterday when I read this story. Now you can own a piece of history, if you are the winning bidder.
News 8 Austin | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES | Aldrin’s notes on handwritten card to be auctioned
DALLAS — A space-related auction by a Dallas company will include a handwritten note containing a Bible verse, but on a card that made it to the moon.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1969 had planned to broadcast a lunar Holy Communion service.
But Aldrin was asked not to read the verse publicly because of a legal challenge NASA faced from famed atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
He instead recited the verse during a private service with a communion kit from his church, Webster Presbyterian.
“Kill them so they won’t be trouble,” is the handwritten text on this Al-Qaeda flag now residing in the U.S. Military Museum. A good place for such a notorious flag.
AFP: Al-Qaeda flag featured at US military museum
TRIANGLE, United States AFP — A banner once displayed in front of an abandoned Al-Qaeda safehouse in Iraq has found a new home at a US military museum.
The three-meter-long 10-foot-long black flag, recovered by a battalion of marines in Fallujah in November 2004, is now on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.
SGT Brandon W. Page is in Iraq, serving in the Army, and wrote this Letter to the Editor, and after reading it, you will see why I had to share it with you today.
Marion Daily Republican Online – News
If everyone had the opportunity to see how a third world country lives, you would realize how fortunate we are in America. I challenge you to do your part in making our country a better place. Send a letter to a random soldier serving in Iraq. Show them how much you appreciate them for what they do. Tell a spouse of a soldier or even a family whose soldier has paid the ultimate sacrifice, “Thank you for your sacrifice.” How many of you have an American flag flying high? Everyone should exercise their right to fly our flag.