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The Daily Flag News—October 15, 2007

The annual Parade of Flags, a feature of Norsk Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota, was graced by many traditional costumes, including this matching Grandmother/Granddaughter team.

Minot Daily News
lindaolsonandgdaughter.jpgLinda Olson bought her Swedish national costume from the Swedish National Institute several years ago. In the package along with the adult-sized dress was a child-sized version of the same costume.

“That was before I had grandchildren,” said Olson of Minot. When she took out the little dress, she wondered if it was a sign. “Am I going to have a granddaughter?”

Change the Ontario flag? There are some in the Canadian province of Ontario who think their flag needs changing … to something less British and more Ontarian.

Dundas Star News
flag_of_ontario.pngThis topic will likely stir up some anger and outrage amongst the British loyalists out there, but isn’t it time Ontario looked at a new flag design?

The current flag is barely distinguishable from the Manitoba flag, but most of all I question why we continue to incorporate colonial symbolism as part of our provincial standard.

Many generations ago, my ancestors came to Canada from Britain. So before anyone goes off on me for being anti-England, my lineage clearly shows an attachment to the British Empire.

This 13′ X 24′ American flag is a work of art. What started as a project against boredom has transformed into a huge crocheted U.S. Flag. Amazing!

KLTV 7 Tyler-Longview-Jacksonville, TX: Athens Woman Crochets Giant American Flag
crochetamericanflag.jpgStitch by stitch an East Texas woman crocheted the largest American Flag she has ever seen. What started as just a ball of yarn has turned into a masterpiece you just can’t help looking up at.

It’s not your ordinary American Flag. Yes, it’s red, white and blue and has 50 stars, but if you unraveled the almost a million stitches it took to make the flag, it would almost stretch around Tyler’s Loop 323.

“When I decided to make it big, I thought there are flags out there that are a lot bigger than this, but I don’t think there is any of them hand crocheted,” said Athens resident Nancy Hilton.

NASCAR fans are rabid, but this tops the cake. I don’t believe Patrick Hickey scaled Mt. Everest just to plant the NASCAR flag, but he couldn’t resist taking it on the expedition.

Winston-Salem Journal | NASCAR Notebook: Fan who planted NASCAR flag is thankful
nascarflag.jpgThe guy who just planted the NASCAR flag atop Mount Everest was centerstage last night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and Patrick Hickey, who gave that flag to NASCAR president Mike Helton during the prerace show, says he’s lucky to still be alive.

Hickey, a professor at the University of South Carolina in nursing, called himself such a die-hard Jeff Gordon fan that he was determined to plant the flag on Everest on the 24th of the month during his May ascent.

Hickey, who is one of the few men in history to have climbed the highest mountain on all seven continents, said the Everest ascent went smoothly but the descent was frightening. “Eighty percent of the people who don’t make it back down Everest die on the descent,” he said. “On my descent I lost sight in one eye and could barely see out of the other one.”

I don’t normally link to Letters to the Editor because of their mostly inflammatory, unsubstantiated nature, but I couldn’t resist today. For someone to state that wearing an American flag pin “is a meaningless gesture,” is an insult to past generations. Because of the sacrifices made by generation after generation of veterans, people like this newspaper writer have the freedom to write meaningless drivel. I admire Ruth Williams and the time she took to take a stand.

Another Take :: Guest Columnists :: Daily Southtown
dailysouthtownpinstory.jpgI am really offended by features writer Karen Sorensen’s statement that wearing American flag pins “is a meaningless gesture” (Oct. 9, editorial page).

I began wearing a four-star (editor’s note: 48 star) flag pin in 1943, while in high school. I wore the pin in honor of my brother, cousins and friends who were serving our country in World War II. One of those friends was Pvt. Ed Sorenson USMC, whom Sorenson may be related to. (Editor’s note: Karen Sorensen says they are not related.)

I stopped wearing the pin when the victorious troops came home, and I married my special Marine. The war in Korea broke out, and three of our good friends who had signed up with the reserves upon discharge from World War II were recalled to active duty. I once again wore the flag pin in honor of them and all the troops in Korea. All three of our friends were killed in combat, leaving their wives and babies at home.

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