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The Daily Flag News—November 29, 2009

You may have read about the first part of this story. Here’s the happy ending. – Current Article Page
battleflagreturned.jpgA battle-worn flag that traveled with a unit through a deployment to Afghanistan only to be lost at a Fayetteville crafts store has been returned.

Jodi Lundell, the wife of Staff Sgt. Matt Lundell, said a manager at the store called Sunday night to say a customer had found the flag.

Jodi Lundell said that whoever returned the flag did so unceremoniously, placing it in a display bin on the sidewalk in front of A.C. Moore, an arts-and-crafts store at 5075 Morganton Road. A customer found the flag there and brought it inside.

The flag disappeared from A.C. Moore on Nov. 9 after the Lundells mistakenly left it in a cart. The Lundells brought the flag to the store to be framed, along with a picture of Matt’s unit, a few medals and a nameplate, for the unit offices. The flag, he said, went everywhere he did during his deployment.

These girls are Smart!

Brighton students write about patriotism > Poetry > Stories > Brighton >
azia-krystell.jpgMy name is Unna Trunkenbolz. I am a 2nd grade teacher at South Elementary in Brighton.

I have a class of bright students and in September my students were asked to write about what the American flag means to them. We worked on our essay as a class but I had two students who went a step further and beyond the assignment.

I feel that these two essays represent American patriotism.

These Tennessee students wrote essays based on the theme “Why I Am An American Patriot.”

The Mountain Press
mountainpresspatriot.jpgSix local students’ essays have been submitted to District 2 for judging in this year’s Patriot’s Pen essay writing contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. According to VFW Commander Bill Voight and youth activities chairwoman Beth Connatser, 111 students from three schools participated this year.
Teachers Sue Terrell of Pi Beta Phi, Cindy McBrayer from Boyd’s Creek and Janet McCullough from Sevierville Middle encouraged their students to participate.
Students had to write a 300- to 400-word essay based on the theme “Why I Am An American Patriot.”

It’s a high-flying flag that can been seen for miles.

STPNS – Pennsylvania Couple Puts Patriotism In Ballooning, Socorro, New Mexico
ushotairballon.jpgThe couple has been ballooning since 1991 after Barry got his first balloon ride. He caught the flying bug and by the next weekend he was flying his own balloon.

Soon after, he formed his ballooning company, Aapex Sunrides, to provide balloon rides and activities to the general public.

Barry and Teri run the balloon company together and generally have a good time with whatever they do. Barry has several business interests and Teri has a screen printing company in Chester County, Pa.

The idea for an American flag balloon first came to them in 2000, but construction didn’t commence until 2001. After Sept. 11, he started serious planning for the balloon. The balloon, called America One, made its first flight in May 2002.

Seems like they are driving this idea the wrong way. – Law Would Require Cars to Stop When National Anthem is Played in Thailand – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News
thailandnationalanthem.jpgMillions of drivers in Thailand would have to stop in their cars when the minute-long national anthem is played twice a day, if a new law is passed.

But it is feared that such a move would cause chaos on the roads.

The Flag Bill is aimed at boosting patriotism in the country and is being put forward by a group of retired and current generals.

Supporters say traffic should stop nationwide when the anthem is played during the raising and lowering of the flag “to preserve tradition and instill patriotism in Thais.”

Retired General and NLA member Pricha Rochanasena, 70, said: “The national anthem lasts only one minute and eight seconds.

“So why can’t motorists stop their cars for the sake of the country?

We can’t stop talking about our Lone Star flag.

Tex-Arcana: What is the history of the Texas flag? | – Houston Chronicle
chronicaltxflag.jpgIf you grew up elsewhere, you might not even know your state has an official flag, much less what it looks like. But any Texan — and even some outsiders — can pick out the state’s flag in a heartbeat.

“The iconography of Texas is kind of global now,” said Texas State Historian Frank de la Teja. “And the flag is a part of that iconography, like the Alamo or the shape of the state itself.”

The Lone Star flag replaced the 1836 “Burnet Flag,” which featured a large golden star on an azure background.

The Lone Star flag was adopted by the Texas Congress in 1839 and came along when the republic became a state.

Different sources credit different people for the design. But the Legislature in 1997 passed House Resolution 1123, commemorating Montgomery County as the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag. The measure credited Dr. Charles Stewart, the Republic of Texas secretary of state, with the creating the flag. However, The Handbook of Texas says the designer was unknown but could have been Sen. William Wharton.

2 thoughts on “The Daily Flag News—November 29, 2009

  1. As a school kid, I never appreciated the simplicity of the Texas Flag which gives its unique beauty.

    Having lived in Maryland for three years (and Virginia for several months), I’ve now come to appreciate even more the Texas Flag, and how it compares in simplicity to the state flags of other states. Its no wonder school kids in other states know little about their own state flags — can you imagine being a second grader trying to draw the state flag of Maryland or Virginia?

    Good luck with those!

  2. Yes, the Lone Star flag is special for many reasons, not the least of which is its simplicity.

    I agree … poor kids.

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