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The Daily News—November 7, 2007

Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are two days that are sometimes confused. Here is a brief explanation in a story written by a VFW Post Quartermaster.

Moberly Monitor – News
moberlymonitorveteransday.jpgAs many communities throughout our great nation prepare their upcoming Veterans Day program, some Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day and wonder what the difference is. Both days have been designated as a national holiday and are set aside to celebrate our military veterans’ sacrifices.

Veterans Day, which was originally known as Armistice Day, was set as a legal holiday to honor the end of World War I which officially took place on November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice by Germany, as an order to cease fire was given. The day then became a national holiday in 1938 to celebrate the end of WWI, the war to end all wars and was dedicated to the cause of world peace and as such was established a legal holiday to honor the WWI veterans.

War veteran flags go on display at Portsmouth Airport. The flag from Guadalcanal was the star of the show even though three other flags are part of the display.

Flags of WWII unveiled at airport – Fosters
portsmouthairportflag.jpgPORTSMOUTH—More than 200 veterans, volunteers and dignitaries witnessed the dedication several historic American flags Thursday at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

Each was raised during WWII or the War on Terror.

The first flag unveiled was a U.S. flag that was raised over Guadalcanal in 1942.

Members of Pease Greeters suspended the 48-star standard flag from the ceiling of the airport and encased it in plexi-glass for protection.

The flag is on loan to the Pease Development Authority from the family of the late Master Sergeant George Doore of Kittery, Maine.

Doore fought on Guadalcanal and saved the flag from being seized by the Japanese.

The first flags weren’t made in manufacturing plants; individuals designed and sewed their own. That’s the story of this Florida flag that came to life in 1861.

The News-Press: Cape Coral
tomgeffertfloridaflag.jpgTom Geffert of Punta Gorda holds a flag of Florida for the Confederate States of America. According to the state of Florida, several unofficial flogs flew over the state after Florida seceded from the Union in January 1861. The general assembly passed an act directing Governor Madison S. Perry to adopt “an appropriate device for a State flag which shall be distinctive in character.” Six months later the governor had the secretary of state record the description of Florida’s first official flag. The description of the flag was used to create the image of the flag Geffert holds.

The bravery of the New York Fire Department personnel is without question, worthy of our nation’s highest honors. This sculpture is one such tribute to the fallen heroes.

9/11 sculpture a reminder to ‘never give up’ – – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper
nyfdstatue.jpgA bronze-and-steel sculpture of three New York City firefighters raising the U.S. flag in the ruins of the World Trade Center stands as a towering reminder to “never give up,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison said yesterday at a dedication ceremony for the September 11 memorial.

The 40-foot work, based on a newspaper photograph from September 11, 2001, was installed on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center.

Dedicated to the nation’s fallen firefighters, including 343 Fire Department New York workers who died trying to rescue victims of the terrorist attack, the sculpture by Utah-based Stanley Watts is called, “To Lift a Nation.” It stands near the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on a picturesque campus visited annually by 17,000 emergency response workers and administrators from around the world.

Flag collections come in all shapes and sizes, and this is one of the most interesting I’ve read about. The story includes the pictures and descriptions of five of the rare American flags in the J. Pierce collection.

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14starflag.jpgIt is everywhere today — on car bumpers and clothing, lapel pins and coffee mugs. Its design is reflexively known: Thirteen horizontal stripes, alternately red and white, and 50 white stars inside a blue rectangle.

The American flag, according to J. Richard Pierce, is “probably the most-recognized non-religious symbol in the world.”

Its evolution, however, has included innumerable designs, and many of them might surprise modern Americans.

Pierce, of Hunterdon County, N.J., is the keeper of The Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags. It includes about 250 flags that range in size from a few inches to a few feet. He stores them on the second-floor walls of his home, mounted on acid-free boards, framed and protected by ultraviolet-blocking glass. The second floor, he said, looks like a flag museum. And, to a large extent, it is.

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