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The Daily Flag News—January 14, 2008

It is fun to see a new flag born in the United States. We have the national flag, state flags, city flags and even county flags adorning our flagpoles. I do like the looks of this design from Gary Sides in Nebraska. He uses a good mix of colors and images to tell the story of Dakota County.

Sioux City Journal: County native designs flag for Dakota County
garysidesflag.jpgDAKOTA CITY — After more than 118 years without one, Dakota County finally has a flag to call its own.

It took fifth-generation county native Guy G. Sides IV, better known as Gary Sides, fewer than six weeks to design and produce the first Dakota County flag — just in time for Commissioner Bill Rohde to take it to the annual convention of the Nebraska Association of Elected Officials, Dec. 12-14, in Lincoln.

Rohde decided the county needed a flag when he attended his first NACO convention a year earlier, prior to taking office last January.

“I realized Dakota County didn’t have a flag,” Rohde said. It seemed to him that all 92 other of Nebraska’s counties did, including neighboring Dixon and Thurston counties.

My fascination with old flags continues with this recovered Civil War flag in Biloxi, Mississippi. Because the museum lost most of its items to Hurricane Katrina, this is an especially good find for the estate of Jefferson Davis. And to discover it on eBay was pretty neat. : Beauvoir curator finds 100-year-old artifact on eBay
rickforte_richardflowers.jpgBILOXI –A century-old flag immortalized in a postcard is back home at Beauvoir, the museum estate of Jefferson Davis that once served as an early-20th-century “Old Soldiers Home.”

The image shows two veterans displaying a Confederate First National Flag in front of antebellum Beauvoir House, now a National Historic Landmark.

The Beauvoir staff recognized the original flag because it is a variant with 13 stars instead of seven for the first seceded states. The identifying clincher is the 13th sits alone in a circle of stars.

I understand the frustration of the writer of this article and his distress at the state of the nation. I am saddened when I come across a flag flying in this condition. From my experience it’s not malicious, but carelessness that is the cause.

Amador Ledger Dispatch
tornflag.jpgIt is with extreme sadness that I report to you the death of a once great nation, or at least its very debilitating and failing health.

I hope the news print does the above photo justice showing the detail of the shredded flag. It is an absolute outrage, a slap in the face to our veterans, a complete disgrace to the citizens of our fair city of Sutter Creek and the citizens of the United States.

Sixth graders are definitely old enough to raise and lower the U.S. flag every day. With the help of the local VFW, these kids know how to do it right and even anticipate their own participation in the ceremony.

The Daily Telegram | Lessons in patriotism
maranathaacademyflag.jpgHand on his heart, Nicholas Jones saw his future in front of his eyes Friday as the American flag rose.

The Maranatha Academy fifth-grader and his classmates garner a unique job next year. The school’s sixth graders raise and lower the American flag at the beginning and end of each school day at the Christian school.

“I’m going to do that next year,” said the 10-year-old Nicholas.

Both current and future flag-raisers learned the proper way to fold a flag and what each fold means during a flagpole dedication at the school Friday. Their teachers were members of the Superior Combined Honor Guard, which encompasses the Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091 and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435.

One of Deborah’s favorite pastimes is studying Flags on Stamps and she is delighted about a whole series planned for the next few years. We are excited to see the new stamps as they are released.

Flag series of 60 stamps in ’08 – Home & Garden –
newflagstamps.jpgThe biggest event may be the beginning of a multiyear series called “The Flags of Our Nation.” A total of 60 issues will display the Stars and Stripes in various images and the flags of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories in alphabetical order.

The series will begin in June with a 41-cent Old Glory issue, followed by Alabama through Delaware. Ten more stamps will come in the fall, the District of Columbia through Kansas. The series will continue in 2009 and 2010.

Today’s history lesson is from 1846 California about the battle that didn’t happen. I like the part about the American flag at Gavilan Peak taunting General Jose Castro.

John Charles Fremont – E Clampus Vitus Historical Markers on
john-c-fremont.jpgFor three days Fremont looked down on San Juan Bautista and Castro’s growing force. For that same length of time the Mexican leaders looked up at an American flag that Fremont’s men had raised atop Gavilan Peak. On the evening of March 9 the flag pole fell down. Fremont decided to treat this as an omen and that night left the mountain top and eventually worked his way slowly north through the Sacramento Valley to Oregon. Castro declared to the Mexican Minister of War that he had won the day, but made no effort to follow the Americans.

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