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The Daily Flag News—October 29, 2007

From flagpoles to beer bottles, here is today’s news.

First up is more on the Donald Trump flagpole story, but now the good news. Everything is settled, the new flagpole is installed, the flag is flying, and $125,000 is donated to charity. Now I call that a win-win.

Flag to fly again, on shorter pole, at Mar-a-Lago Club Wednesday
The Trump Flag and PoleWhen the parties settled the lawsuit in April, the town agreed to waive $120,000 in fines, and Trump agreed to remove the 80-foot pole and erect a 70-foot replacement farther from the road. The agreed-upon site was 140 feet west and 60 feet south of the original location.

The new pole was installed a few weeks ago to give the lawn and plants time to grow in before season, Mar-a-Lago General Manager Bernd Lembcke said.

The American flag, still 15-by-25 feet, will be raised on the new pole Wednesday, when the club opens for the season, Lembcke said. …

…Also part of the settlement was Trump’s pledge to donate $100,000 to mutually agreeable charities relating to the armed forces or the American flag.

As it turns out, Trump donated an extra 25 percent.

Boy Scouts to the rescue again, only this time its old flags that need their expertise. Replacing old flags and giving them a respectful retirement is just another day’s work in the life of a Scout Troop.

Tattered glory: Unserviceable flags removed – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
scoutsandtatteredflag.jpgJudge Michael McCarthy, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, helped Cornell Turner of Whitehall, and Mark Dissen, 17, of Franklin Park and Scout Troop 171 remove the flags.

Dissen will help Judges McCarthy and Joseph James conduct a proper ceremony, disposal and an inventory of flags in other court facilities and will make recommendations about replacements.

Dissen and his troop also will work with the court on a manual for inspection and removal.

Stars and Stripes beer contained the image of the American flag and its brewers were successfully prosecuted under the State Flag Desecration Laws. Boy, how times have changed.

Omaha.com Metro/Region Section
omahaworld-heraldbeerlabel.jpgOne hundred years ago, a beer bottle from Nebraska came under scrutiny of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ever since, the history of flag protection in America cannot fully be recounted without mention of an Omaha bottling company.

“Halter and Hayward lose their case,” shouted the headline in the March 5, 1907, issue of The Omaha World-Herald.

Nicholas Halter and Henry Hayward had printed their beer bottles with a representation of the U.S. flag. They were convicted of violating a 1903 Nebraska law prohibiting use of the flag in advertising.

Violation was a misdemeanor. Halter and Hayward were fined $50 each.

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