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The Daily Flag News—December 5, 2007

I can only imagine the thrill of standing in front of a big display and looking at the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry, inspiring our Star Spangled Banner. The flag is soon returning to a new display built to protect it from the elements. The Smithsonian showed this artist’s rendition of the space that is now half complete.

Smithsonian previews flag’s new home —
smithsonianflagdisplay.jpgThe 30-by-34-foot wool and cotton flag is the one that flew over Fort McHenry when it survived a bombardment by the British during the Battle of Baltimore, prompting attorney Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became the national anthem. Featuring 15 stars and 15 stripes, the flag was donated to the Smithsonian in 1907 and has been displayed at the history museum since it opened in 1964.

Although it has many different flags and replicas of flags, Fort McHenry does not have any dating from the War of 1812.

Guinness has declared the Israeli flag the biggest, awarding it the world record. Several weeks ago, The Daily Flag carried the story about the large flag, and wanted to provide the follow-up with the designation from Guinness Book of World Records.
bigisraelflag.jpegAn Israeli flag the size of two football fields was unveiled near Masada on Monday as part of a campaign by the Ministry of Tourism ahead of next year’s 60th Independence Day.

The flag was donated by Sister Grace Galindez-Gupana, a pro-Zionist businesswoman from the Philippines. The tourism ministry said it was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest flag.

The USS New Mexico carries on a long-standing tradition of naming submarines for states. This one will be completed in 2011, taking 5 years for construction of a nuclear sub.

Alamogordo Daily News – Sub named after state
ussnewmexico.jpgThe legacy of the New Mexico name will continue in the Navy with the construction of a new Virginia-class submarine, the USS New Mexico (SSN-779).

The nuclear-powered submarine will be the second ship of the Navy to be named for the 47th state.

The contract to build it was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News in Newport News, Va., on Aug. 14, 2003.

Construction began in 2006 and is scheduled for completion in 2011.

The New Mexico will displace 7,800 tons, have a length of 377 feet, a beam of 34 feet, and a speed in excess of 25 knots. It will be powered by an S9G nuclear reactor.

The birthplace of the Lone Star flag was settled in 1997 by a state resolution signed by former Governor George W. Bush.

Houston Community Newspapers Online – Historical relative pays Conroe museum visit
thecouriertexasflag.jpgThe Texas House of Representatives adopted a resolution proclaiming Montgomery County as birthplace of the Lone Star Flag. The resolution was signed by then-Gov. George W. Bush in 1997, according to
Bailey, the great-grandson of Stewart’s youngest daughter, Julia, is at work tracing and documenting family history since the 1830s. He is compiling detailed records for his own children that reflect the family’s role in Texas history.
Helping Bailey comb through the facility’s archives of historical records on Wednesday was Gertie Spencer, director of the Heritage Museum.
“We have a lot of original material on Montgomery County’s history and the leading figures in its development,” she said. “Only a portion of it is on display. Finding the time and resources to go through it all is a challenge for us.”

Texas State Flag – About the Texas Flag, its adoption and history from NETSTATE.COM
H.R. No. 1123


WHEREAS, The Lone Star Flag, with its vibrant fields of red, white, and blue and a single inset star, has served as a proud symbol of Texas since 1839; and

WHEREAS, At the request of President Mirabeau B. Lamar, Dr. Charles B. Stewart of Montgomery County created this inspirational banner, and the elegant simplicity of his design truly exemplified the united will of the citizens of the new Republic of Texas; and

WHEREAS, After winning approval by a committee of six signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and then Congress, the Lone Star Flag was officially designated in 1839, and since that time it has graced flagpoles across the state of Texas; and

WHEREAS, Following Dr. Stewart’s passing, his flag sketch and other materials were handed down first to his son, Edmund, and later to his granddaughter, Elizabeth Stewart Fling, who donated them to the State Archives in Austin in order to preserve her grandfather’s historic works for current and future generations of Texans; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of Dr. Stewart’s timeless contribution to our state’s heritage, a history of the flag documentation was created for permanent display at the Montgomery County Heritage Museum in Conroe; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Charles B. Stewart’s design of the Lone Star Flag created in cloth and in color an embodiment of the spirit and will of the people of Texas, and his work remains a great source of pride to the people of Montgomery County today, nearly 160 years after its creation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 75th Texas Legislature hereby officially commemorate Montgomery County as the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag.

4 thoughts on “The Daily Flag News—December 5, 2007

  1. Important information on flags.
    I enjoyed reading it.

  2. When I was little, the flag was mounted on a huge mechanism that raised the flag – every hour on the half hour – and a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”, as played on instruments of the time of the battle of Fort Henry, would sound. My father & I would stand, our hands over our hearts, each of us getting all choked up. I understand why the flag cannot be displayed in this manner anymore – that it was injurious, and cannot conserve the flag properly. But the thrill I – & so many others – got from the sight can never be matched.

    1. I bet it was a moving experience, Susan. Maybe a note from you would encourage them to create a similar display again, using a replica flag. Thank you for writing, Deborah

  3. As a historian, I would not want them to do that – it would cheapen the real flag. I am certainly going to suggest that they play the Anthem at regular intervals at the new display – perhaps even show a video of the old flag, with a voice-over explaining why that was bad for the flag.

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