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The Daily Flag News—February 14, 2008

Flying the U.S. flag in a remote location brings a particular set of challenges. The city of Hampton, Pennsylvania discovered that lighting a large flag where no electricity exists is costly. The engineering department is considering alternate methods to replace the diesel-powered electric generator that powers the floodlight.

Trying to keep the flag lit before dawn’s early light —
fortwoolflag.jpgHAMPTON – — Keeping a giant flag lit at Fort Wool requires a city Parks & Recreation employee to drive a boat to the rocky spit of an island twice each week.

Once at the island, the employee pours diesel fuel into a portable generator, similar to those on a trailer that you might see at a work site.

The flag is a giant beacon standing tall above the island, a welcome symbol to both ships entering Hampton Roads and the 108,000 drivers who pass over the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel each day. It took politicians and citizens three years to raise money and sort through the proper permits to erect the flag. It flew for the first time July 9. Keeping the flag lit, however, is a continuing saga.

The Bonnie Blue flag has a long and storied history across many states. Along with a history lesson, this article includes the words to a Confederate song about the flag.

Dixie Historical Society: Brief history of the Bonnie Blue Flag
dhs_bonnieblue.png1836-1839 – The Bonnie Blue Flag was adopted by Texicans during the Texas War for Independence against Mexico. According to some reports, the Bonnie Blue Flag was brought to Texas in 1835 by Louisiana volunteers, and many Louisianans claim that “We hung the Star over Texas!” There were several variations of the Bonnie Blue Flag during the fight for Texas’ Independence, the “Burnet Flag” being the most common variant. The Burnet Flag used a yellow star, as opposed to a white one. In 1839 the Bonnie Blue served as a basis for the official flag of the Republic of Texas, and it came to be known as the Lone Star Flag.

California Troop 249 embodies classic Scouting: adventure, exploring, self-discipline, and fun. Some of my fondest memories as a Scoutmaster include mountain hiking the Pecos Wilderness of northern New Mexico.

Troop 249 Day Hike to Point Mugu Peak summit : Camarillo : Ventura County Star
brian_gravelletroop249.JPGOn a recent Sunday afternoon, members of Camarillo Boy Scout Troop 249, along with several parents, hiked up to the summit of Point Mugu peak. They began their half-day trek at the La Jolla Canyon trailhead just of the Pacific Coast Highway. The approximate 5-mile round trip made for a pleasant yet challenging day hike. On the ascent, the trail consisted of sections of gradual to steep slopes interspersed with fairly level or slightly down-hill stretches.

This 13-star flag is still in good shape. As mentioned before, old flags always catches my eye. Historic flags give a great view of our past and remind us of the path to the future. I can’t believe how good of shape this one is in.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette News
theshawflag13-star.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn.— It’s not that the New London County Historical Society didn’t appreciate the antique 13-star American flag — made of faded white and red silk ribbons hand-stitched together — that’s long been part of its collection.

In fact, a few years ago, after being prompted by a visiting scholar who worried about the precarious way the flag was hung sandwiched between two pieces of old glass, the society had it restored at the textile lab at the University of Rhode Island and reframed.

In 2006 the society gave the flag an important place in an exhibit marking the 225th anniversary of the burning of New London, and it still hangs prominently over the mantle in a front parlor of the Shaw Mansion in downtown New London.

Burning a Norwegian flag in Norway has been legal, but now you can burn an American flag without penalty, as well. The long-standing law against burning flags from other countries has been struck down. I just thought you should know.

Flag-burning no longer illegal –
norwayflagburning.jpgThe Norwegian parliament has decided to completely decriminalize the burning of flags in Norway, to promote freedom of expression.

It’s long been allowed to burn the Norwegian flag in Norway. Now the parliament’s justice committee has unanimously agreed to decriminalize the burning of other country’s flags in Norway.

“For us, freedom of expression is the most important,” said deputy leader of the justic committee Jan Arild Ellingsen of the Progress Party, Norway’s most conservative political party. Ellingsen nonetheless said he understands that many Norwegians still see flag-burning as unacceptable.

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