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Flags in the News—September 2, 2008

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Here’s a nice story from the U.S. Army’s official website …

Sen. Inouye receives Medal of Honor flag

Aug 25, 2008  BY Pvt.2 Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, center, receives a Medal of Honor flag from Capt. Terry Zoch, commander, E Company, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, during a ceremony on Sills Field, Aug. 20. Inouye is accompanied by Maj. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., commander, 25th Infantry Division (left), and 25th ID Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota. Photo by Pvt.2 Jesus J. Aranda, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

 

Medal_of_Honor_flagSCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – A rainy morning was quickly ushered out by a welcoming rainbow as Soldiers, guests, and family members of the Tropic Lighting community gathered to recognize the achievements of a Hawaiian hero and political icon.

The 25th Infantry Division (ID) honored Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye during a Medal of Honor flag presentation ceremony on Sills Field, Aug. 20.

Inouye was presented a congressionally approved Medal of Honor flag by Capt. Terry Zoch, commander, Echo Company, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. Zoch and her Soldiers represented men from Inouye’s "Go For Broke" 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT).

According to Zoch, the senator specifically requested a commander from Echo Company present him with the flag at a Schofield Barracks ceremony to honor his men from the 442nd RCT.

"It was a great honor to present the senator with the flag," said Zoch.

Link here for the rest of Pvt.2 Aranda’s article.

 

Satellite television is great, but it’s nice to read at ESPN too …

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By Michael Hirsley Special to ESPN.com
(Archive)

Updated: August 31, 2008

 

Tomas MendozaCHICAGO — Tomas Mendoza leads a double life.

He doesn’t change his workday outfit drastically from one role to the other, but the suburban Chicago drywall contractor adds a trademark object to achieve his unusual celebrity persona on location from Las Vegas to New York to Mexico to Puerto Rico.

When Mendoza, 52, packs his bags at home in Cicero, Ill., for a flight to one of those faraway destinations, he includes something that few other travelers take: He tucks in a national flag. Or two. Or more.

He may not be as de rigueur at big boxing events as ring announcers Michael Buffer or Jimmy Lennon Jr., but Mendoza’s frequent appearances inside the ropes during prefight introductions are making him nearly as recognizable.

He doesn’t say a word into the microphone and few know him by name. But he nonetheless hears cheers from the crowd when he enters the arena. As part of the entourages that accompany fighters into the ring, he carries and waves the flag of the boxer’s country and rouses the partisans.

Mendoza is the "flag man" of boxing, cutting a distinguishable figure with his drooping red walrus mustache.

Link here for the rest of award-winning writer Michael Hirsley’s article on ESPN’s website.

 

Many dry cleaners offer to clean the American flag around flag-flying holidays. Ask at yours …

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By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff

Published: 8/30/2008 11:48 PM | Updated: 8/31/2008 12:37 AM

Joe Hunter doesn’t believe in part-time patriotism.

That is, if you fly an American flag – and you should, he says – do it every day. And, when Old Glory gets a little dirty, well, clean it.

DKH_07"They should be flying 365 days a year," says Hunter, a U.S. Army veteran who served at the tail end of the Korean War. "It’s as simple as that."

Hunter is in a unique position to help when it comes to keeping your stars and stripes shining brightly, as co-owner of Marberry Cleaners and Launderers.

Like some others in the business, the suburban dry cleaning chain, which Hunter helped start 36 years ago in St. Charles, makes a point of offering free American flag cleanings in the hopes of encouraging locals to show their patriotism year-round.

Link her for the rest of the article by Josh Stockinger at the Daily Herald.

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