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The Daily Flag News—February 6, 2008

More than 3,000 Texas state Boy Scouts converged on the State Capitol and grounds in Austin on February 2 for their annual meeting with the Governor. The fifty-eighth annual event’s theme was Community Service and their meeting with Eagle Scout Rick Perry (also known as the Governor) went very well. The Austin American-Statesman has some great video of the event, showing all the boys and the fun they had Saturday.

John L. Kovach, Jr. is the major influence in Pittsburgh setting up a public flag retirement facility in a local park allowing civic groups and local residents the ability to retire their flags from service. Kovach tells his story at the website War, Peace, Tolerance and Our Soldiers. The article can serve as a blueprint for other cities looking to provide a unique service for it’s citizens. The best part … it’s right next to the Boy Scout meeting facility.

More and more cities are trying to get a handle on run-away signs and Brunswick, Georgia is no different. The city recently passed a new sign ordinance and within a few weeks gave tickets to two local businessmen because they were flying the U.S. flag at their car lots. There is more to the story available from the local newspaper.

The Brunswick News
Gary Hudginsflag Gary Hudgins never thought his love of the American flag would land him in Glynn County Magistrate Court.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Hudgins, owner of the Carl Gregory car dealership at 5400 Altama Ave., Glynn County, has decorated every car at his dealership with an American flag. Not anymore.

On Friday, a Glynn County code enforcement officer told Hudgins the flags were in violation of a county sign ordinance adopted this past November and handed him a citation. Two weeks before, Hudgins was sent a letter from Glynn County Code Enforcement informing him of the new ordinance, which prohibits the display of banners, flags and portable signs.

 Rayond Jacobs, the last living Marine in the Iwo Jima photograph, has died at the age of 82 on January 29, 2008. Honorable discharged in 1946, Jacobs spent many years proving he was the radioman in the famous raising of the American flag, and negatives from the roll of film clearly show his participation. Jacobs retired in 1992 as a reporter for the television station, KTVU-TV in Oakland, California.

Flag raising on Iwo Jima
February 23, 1945
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