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The Daily Flag News—December 14, 2007

A fifty foot flagpole, a big U.S. flag, and a hot cup of coffee sound good to me. In fact, it makes me want to take a little trip and enjoy a cup on Mr. Rocheleau’s porch with him. That would be a pleasure.

Local man’s replica flags honor service, sacrifice and country : Local News : Ventura County Star
ericparsonsflags.jpgEvery morning in the stillness at daybreak, Brian Rocheleau sits on his front porch with a cup of coffee, gazes at the rolling hills surrounding his 30-acre ranch in the Santa Rosa Valley and listens to what he says is the soothing, rippling sound of his 20-by-30-foot American flag as it catches a breeze beneath the brightening sky.

Flying high on a 50-foot fiberglass pole in his front yard, the giant flag is an imposing sight of undulating red, white and blue that mingles with the dawn’s silence — the best part of the day, said Rocheleau, a time he sets aside for personal reflection.

A great bunch of people surrounding the 97 year-old Captain Ralph Styles. I hope he’s recovered and back home for this evenings gathering.

Pearl Harbor survivor inspires appreciation for US flag – Local & State News – Tampa Bay’s 10 – tampabays10.com
captainralphstyles.jpgSiesta Key, Florida– Every evening as the sun sets on Siesta Key, dozens gather to witness, or even help in what’s become a neighborhood tradition. They gather honoring the United States flag at the home of 97 year old Captain Ralph Styles, a retired submarine commander in the Navy, who was there for Pearl Harbor, and spent his entire career protecting the country he loves.

“I think it’s very moving because people come here from the heart,” said Steve Golden, a retired US Air Force Colonel. “I realized today was Dec 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, and I told my wife, we have to be here.”

I love looking at these old flags, but WOW! $1.5 million dollars to store and preserve these battle flags.

Concord Monitor – 5 questions about flag restoration
concordbattleflag.jpgThe last time experts examined the 100 decaying regimental flags displayed at the State House in Concord, they estimated it would cost at least $600,000 to preserve them. The Legislature established a fund for preserving the flags 18 years ago, but only $1,300 has been collected. Now, Dan Meehan, the state commander for the New Hampshire Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a class at Woodsville High School are trying to reinvigorate fundraising for the project. We spoke with Meehan, a Rochester firefighter.

Why is it important to the save the flags? It’s part of our New Hampshire history. A lot of those flags were carried by New Hampshire men and women from the Civil War on up through Vietnam. . . . Some of these have been on the field of Gettysburg.

I’m slightly partial on this matter, being Texan and all, but I think it’s plain as the band on your cowboy hat which state has the best cowboys. So many folks are all hat and no cattle.

Casper Star-Tribune Online – Pro
nfrcowboys.jpgOne question gets cowboys particularly riled up: “So, where are the best cowboys from?”

Bareback bronc rider Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla., says matter-of-factly, “Green Country, for sure.”

Fellow bareback rider Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., is a little more practical, suggesting that by sheer numbers, it has to be Texas.

And then there are Wyoming cowboys.

“Wyoming, by far, man,” said Mills’ Kelly Timberman, who was leading the bareback competition of the National Finals Rodeo through Sunday with 339 points on four head. “We’re born cowboys when we hit the ground, we want to be cowboys when we’re teenagers, and we follow through ’til we’re old and gray and drinking beer and team roping.”

It’s never to early to start teaching boys to be good citizens. That’s what I like about the Scouting program.

Index Journal | Greenwood, SC | News
officer-cubscout.jpg“The flag had gotten pretty ratty, and any time it starts getting faded, you’re supposed to change it, by flag law,” Ehney said. “I asked my boss, Keith Harbin, if we could change it and bring the Scouts over. He was nice enough to allow us to use the facility here.”

Eight of the pack’s 10 dens attended the event, bringing more than 50 Scouts, ages 6 to 11, to the flag pole.

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“When a flag is in such a condition it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be replaced and destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” Ehney said Monday.

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