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The Daily Flag News—November 17, 2007

Oklahoma is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their admission to the Union. I find it difficult to wrap my brain around the fact it took so long for the Oklahoma Territory to become the State of Oklahoma. Congratulations Oklahoma, on your Centennial!

Tulsa World: Guthrie gathering
okcentennial.jpgGUTHRIE — The governor, lawmakers and other state officials assembled Thursday in this first capital city, where Oklahoma’s founders met 100 years ago to form the 46th state of the union.

“What an honor to be here in these hallowed halls,” Gov. Brad Henry said to lawmakers during a speech in the Legislative Hall, where state business was conducted for two years before the capital was moved to Oklahoma City in 1910.

Henry reflected on well-known Oklahomans such as Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Woody Guthrie, Jim Thorpe and Mickey Mantle.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a big deal,” he said. “I hope tomorrow on Statehood Day each Oklahoman will pause and reflect on what Oklahoma means to each of us.”

More of the Oklahoma Centennial

Centennial worth the splurge – Opinion
thevistaonlinecentennial.jpgWhat an exciting time to live in Oklahoma. New museums, parades, supportive celebrities. It’s good to see Oklahomans coming together to take pride in our state.

It’s really rare to see Oklahoma mentioned in a national light in a positive way. I mean, even four years ago, I remember meeting people from Washington, D.C. that asked me if I drove a car or rode a horse to school. Really, it happened.

In the past few weeks, I’ve read about famous Oklahomans and the history of our state flag. There have been features on Oklahoma landmarks and traditions. One of my favorite exhibits is the one that features Oklahomans that are almost 100 years old or older. It’s neat to hear from people who are literally older than our state.

This Iwo Jima artwork is an interesting look into what can be accomplished with the right inspiration.

Grand Terrace artist creates mosaic of Iwo Jima flag-raising | San Bernardino County | | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California
brianfelixmosaic.jpg“I knew it was an important image when I took it on but I didn’t expect to be affected by it as much as I was,” Felix said.

The mosaic will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Inland Empire Military Museum, 1394 N. E St. in San Bernardino.

Then it will head for Michigan to its permanent home with Curriera.

Felix, a stay-at-home dad to a 3½-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl, began working on mosaics 10 years ago.

A year earlier, Felix and wife Nicole were on a trip to Italy where they saw many examples of the decorative art featuring small pieces of colored glass or stone.

“We were surrounded by mosaics,” he said.

Revolutionary War flags seem to be more common that I would expect. The main problem I have with all these news articles about the old flags is the absence of pictures. It could be a quick history lesson. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d like more pictures and less words.

The Cincinnati Post – Historic flag displayed in all its old glory
cincinnatihistoricflag.jpgA flag believed to be from the Revolutionary War era, one of only two known examples of the Fort Independence design, was displayed Tuesday at the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center, the first time it has been shown in public since the American Bicentennial in 1976.

“What better place for it to be displayed?” said Jim Mooney, whose family acquired the relic more than a century ago.

The flag will be on loan to the Freedom Center for a year.

“The philosophy of the Freedom Center is to highlight people and activities that helped change society to make it better,” said executive director Spencer Crew. “The founding fathers who led the American Revolution set the cornerstone of what we stand for as a nation and for what we’re striving to become as a nation.”

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