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The Daily Flag News—December 27, 2007

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
washingtontimesmuseum.jpgInspired 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
sussexcountyflag.gifGEORGETOWN, 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
romega-ussgeorgia.jpgROME, 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
controversialflaginangus.jpgA 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.

‘Unique identity’

More than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for the Saltire to be retained at the properties.

2 thoughts on “The Daily Flag News—December 27, 2007

  1. Below is a letter I sent today to my son’s High School Athletic Director, cc’d to the Headmaster, after I Googled “Anthem Protocol” and perusing your website…I hope he follows through. Thank you!!!
    Happy New Year, Gary. I hope you’ve had a chance to take a breather. I meant to bounce this off you the last couple of times when I’ve seen you at basketball games. Not the end of the world, but something to think about. It came to mind when we were at that reception in the Headmaster’s house, discussing how our whole community is represented by student-athletes and fans at events….and sometimes represented unfavorably.

    It’s the national anthem. I don’t really know why – or care why – we play it before sporting events, but I have developed a pet peeve over the years coaching and watching youth sports. As long as the anthem is being played, whatever the occasion, I was taught to put my heels together, feet at a 45 degree angle, face the flag with shoulders back, head held high, right hand on heart (with hat in hand), and to remain still until the last note is finished. I sound like an old goat sometimes, but it bothers me to see people of all ages violate every one of those protocols, and every time the anthem is played. People talk, fold their arms, shuffle their feet, look around the room, begin roaring before the song is done… know the drill. But when a whole gym full of people violates it, it’s just sad. Wouldn’t it be great if the school community, starting with its representatives — the athletes and coaches — and spreading right up to the top row of the bleachers, could do this? Adhere to the protocol? What a statement and what a tone it would set! And I’d bet the ranch the decorum it fosters would spill over to help you in your constant struggle to encourage/demand sportsmanship.

    You and your staff are putting excellent teams on the fields, rinks, courts, etc. I’d get goosebumps seeing those quality athletes from my town, including my son, looking also like quality citizens. But my son is unlikely to break any “cool rules” and do it on his own simply because Dad said he should. I think it should be a “school rule.”

    Just for kicks, below is the Anthem Protocol citation from US Code Title 36 , aka “The Flag Code.”……………..

  2. Thanks for sharing your letter with us, Chris.

    Growing up, we were taught all the common courtesies surrounding the American flag and National Anthem. In fact, we were taught common courtesies about removing hats indoors, and in the company of women, but that’s another discussion.

    Wouldn’t it be a terrific display for the athletes to show the proper decorum during these events? Would it make a difference in the other participants? You Bet! Seeing it done properly invites the others to join in. A good lesson to learn.

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