If you’ve been to the Smithsonian Museum to see the Fort McHenry American flag, you might want to plan another trip. The museum is in the process of a massive upgrade to better show this remaining piece of U.S. history.
Museum face-lift to highlight U.S. flag – – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper
Inspired by the American flag flying after the 1814 British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key wrote “O! say can you see” and penned the words that would become the national anthem.
But at America’s most popular history museum, the presentation of the famous flag — the Star-Spangled Banner — hasn’t exactly taken the breath away. For decades, it hung in a darkened, enclosed room near the entrance of the National Museum of American History, covered by a screen that opened for a few minutes every hour. Some tourists simply walked by the exhibit — failing to notice the banner that helped shape the young country’s identity, museum director Brent Glass said.
The past can come back to haunt or delight. In this case, it is delight. There’s an interesting story to go along with this article about a new Sussex County flag. At the bottom of the story is a link to a great article about the flag coming into being.
WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 – Sussex County Receives First-Ever County Flag
GEORGETOWN, Del.- A piece of Sussex County’s past has come home, just in time for the county’s 325th anniversary.
The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting was presented with the first-ever county flag designed in 1974 by William Scott of Selbyville. Scott designed the flag that year when organizers of a local bicentennial committee realized Sussex had no official flag. The council adopted his design that same year.
An ambitious undertaking is underway in Rome, Georgia. I don’t know how many counties there are in Georgia, but it will take some time to carry the Georgia flag to every one. I think the state is ready to roll out the red carpet for this event.
Rome News – Tribune
ROME, GA – The USS Georgia Submarine, will be retrofitted from a ballistic Submarine to another mission and restationed at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay in Camden County, Georgia in the spring of 2008.
As part of the Submarine’s relocation to Georgia, the Navy League is planning to honor the return to Georgia by getting a state flag taken to every county in Georgia. The flag, along with a Georgia State Flag Logbook Entry certifying that the Georgia State Flag was present in Floyd County on December 18, 2007, will be placed permanently in the USS Georgia.
Why do flags cause so much controversy? Worldwide, flags are thought of as more than pieces of cloth, representing people and places held dear. This issue in Scotland will not go away any time soon, but show the enthusiasm people have for flags.
BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Controversial flag flies in Angus
A flag which sparked controversy is now flying outside some council buildings in Angus.
The local authority caused outrage among many people when it suggested replacing the Saltire with the county’s coat of arms.
A compromise was later reached allowing both flags to be displayed.
New flagpoles will have to be installed at certain sites to allow the county and the national designs to be flown side by side.
More than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for the Saltire to be retained at the properties.