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The Daily Flag News—October 18, 2007

An American flag that first flew in Texas and then over Ground Zero in New York City, is returning to Texas. The website has locations where the flag will be on display for the rest of the year.

Star-Telegram.com | 10/16/2007 | Ground zero flag is flying in Arlington
carriemoore-arlington.jpgARLINGTON — A U.S. flag that travels the world in honor of America’s fallen heroes returned home to Texas on Monday.

Arlington will have the honor this week of flying the flag that flew over ground zero, the site of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Shortly after 9-11, Gov. Rick Perry arranged for the flag, which had been at half-staff over the Texas Capitol, to be sent to New York City. The flag was flown during the recovery efforts at ground zero and at the memorial services for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site; and since then it has been taken around the world to honor fallen officers

Measuring flags in feet works in my head, but this Russian flag is huge. Converting the meters to feet makes this flag three-hundred ninety three (393.7′) feet by two-hundred sixty two (262.4′) feet. That is quite-a-bit larger than our standard football field.

Russian Flag to be in the Guinness Book :: Russia-InfoCentre
russiaic.jpgRussian football fans to make a real show to support national team in Euro 2008 qualifier against England. Russian flag 120 ×80 meters to be recorded in the Guinness Book.

To support Gus Hiddink’s team the supporters will unfold a gigantic Russian flag while the footballers will be singing the Russian hymn. The flag colored white, blue and red will be unfolded on the grandstand ‘C’. The inscription written on it is kept in secret.

The Russian flag 120 ×80 meters is expected to be the biggest flag in Europe. Up to now the Turkish flag sized 50×70 has been the biggest.

There is a lot of history in these Revolutionary War flags. I would love to see the display when it is ready in December. If anyone gets the chance to take a few photos, send them to The Daily Flag and we’ll put them up for all to enjoy.

ARTICLE: Revolutionary War battle flags to be displayed in Williamsburg (The Virginian-Pilot – HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com)
pilotonline-williamsburgflags.jpgFour Revolutionary War battle flags that were spirited away to Britain more than 200 years ago as battle trophies will find their way to Virginia soon.

Colonial Williamsburg officials announced today that the flags –- three that flew over the 3rd Virginia Detachment, and a Connecticut cavalry flag — will go on view Dec. 22 through Jan. 9, 2009, in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The display is a coup. The flags were owned by the descendants of a British officer for more than two centuries, then sold in a New York City auction last year to an anonymous bidder for nearly $17.4 million. After the sale, it was unclear whether the public would get to see them again.

“Having four flags from the Revolution here is right on target with what we do,” said Ron Hurst, vice president of Collections and Museums for Colonial Williamsburg and chief curator. “And the fact that three of them were associated with a Virginia regiment makes it perfect for us.”

Vexillology is the study of flags. All kinds, all sizes, all shapes. In fact, Flags Bay is a member of NAVA, the North American Vexillological Association, which is dedicated to the study of flags worldwide. Today at Daily Writing Tips, the lesson was on vexillology.

Don’t Be Vexed by Vexillology
dailywritingtips-vexed.jpgIn modern usage, an ensign is a country’s official national symbol, used to identify ships, airplanes, and official installations like military camps and embassies. This is the flag flown on patriotic occasions.

A pennon was a small flag, attached to a knight’s lance for identification. It was long, like a streamer, and usually triangular or swallow-tailed. A standard was larger and was fixed to a pole that could be stuck in the ground.

The word banner is often used for its emotional connotations, as in the U.S. national anthem:

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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