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The Daily Flag News—January 28, 2008

Remember Alcatraz in 1969-1971?. The flag that flew at that time is now in the hands of a Houston collector. Bill Butler paid $60,000 for the flag which was less than half the estimated value.

Alcatraz flag is sold for $60,000
alcatrazflag.jpg“Old Glory’s Helper Flag,” the largely forgotten banner that flew over a guard tower at Alcatraz at times during the 1969-71 Indian occupation, sold for $60,000 Thursday to a Texas bookstore owner who in recent years has purchased a lock of Che Guevara’s hair and a guitar once owned by Jimi Hendrix.

Bill Butler, 61, who lives near Houston, said he bought the flag to add to his collection of artifacts from the 1960s.

“I felt that Old Glory’s Helper Flag needed to be in friendly hands,” Butler said from his home in Texas. “I’m not an American Indian, but I have always supported the American Indian movement. I think this flag is an important part of that history.”

Palm Bay, Florida is having a flag field day choosing a new flag to represent the city. Both are attractive and filled with our Florida expectations—palm trees and sunshine. I feel warmer just looking at them.

Your Community | Palm Bay | Malabar | Grant – Valkaria | Barefoot Bay | Micco
palmbay1.jpgJim McMillan, assistant to the city manager, said the final two represent the city’s history and the more recent city logo that appears on the city’s street signs, vehicles and the letterhead.

Committee member Butch Orend said he favors the logo flag, while Vee prefers the historical version.

“I think it separates itself from the city logo, which is already all over the place,” Vee said.

palmbay2.jpg“I like them both. I could live with either,” committee member Marisol Wilke said.

McMillan agreed with her.

While there was disagreement about a favorite, everyone agreed on one thing: no fringe or “fru-fru” around the flag.

Members discussed tweaking the colors on the historical version, or putting the single twisted palm tree — in Castaway Cove — on the logo flag instead of three palms.

Carrying a large U.S. flag with you to the gym is not for the weak or weary. However, for seventy-four year-old, Matthew Keller, it’s just a good way to show his patriotism. Would you do this when it’s 8 degrees outside?

BILL MCGRAW: Man carries flag to remind others of country’s blessings
matthewkellerflag.jpgAs I drove north on Greenfield at Ford Road, the American flag slowly came into focus.

It hardly registered; flags seem to fly from all sorts of locations these days. But then, gradually, the flag moved closer.

A man was carrying it.

American flags might be ubiquitous, but you don’t often see people carrying one nearly as big as they are, on a busy street in Dearborn, during the morning rush on a frigid winter day.

The man was dressed in gray, winter clothing with a black face mask and an Aeropostale stocking cap. It was 8 degrees and windy, and the little skin visible on his face was red and white — if not blue.

He was wearing a backpack, which seems pretty hip for a 74-year-old, and he was walking 2.2 miles from his home to a community center where he would work on his upper-body strength and swim underwater the length of the pool.

Many historic Civil War flags still exist, like this Georgia Regiment flag. It seems every regiment had a flag to represent where they were from and who they were. The flags were very personal and handmade by the men that fought under them.

Rare Georgia flag to be auctioned Feb. 21-23 by Hatch
2ndgeorgiainfantryflag.jpg(Flat Rock, N.C.) – The only flag known to exist from the Second Georgia Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army, made in 1860 by eight ladies in Burke County, Ga., will be sold at a massive three-day multi-estate sale to be held February 21-23 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates. A pair of Union presentation swords will also be sold. The flag is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000.

“To say this flag is rare would be a gross understatement,” said Richard Hatch. “It’s the only one known to exist, plus it’s a piece of American history. The fact that the consignor is a direct descendant of the man who carried the flag into battle – William Douse Whitehead (Company D, 2nd Georgia Regiment) – only adds to its cache.” The flag has three bars, eleven stars and measures 3′ x 4′.

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