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The Daily News—July 2, 2007

Three Cheers for our Canadian friends. Yesterday was Canada Day, and many fly the Maple Leaf flag to show their pride in their country. It’s a great looking flag—unique and easy to identify, easy for school children to draw, and easy on the eyes. Congratulations Canada.

TheStar.com – News – Flag fliers ‘proud of this country’
canada-maple-leaf.JPGAt 10 o’clock Sunday morning, Philip Fournier will play a recording of the national anthem, replace the Canadian flag on his porch with a new one and let his patriotism hang out for another year.

He performs the flag-changing ritual every Canada Day with none of the hand-on-heart dramatics so common south of the border. But his love-of-country, Fournier insists, is every bit as heartfelt.

“I’ve always been a patriotic Canadian,” says Fournier, 56, sipping wine beneath his flapping Maple Leaf, which greets passersby in the Riverdale neighbourhood.

Pirate flags are a big NO, NO in the UK, unless you have special permission. I saw this story a few weeks ago (don’t remember if I mentioned it), but the birthday party is back on. The Smiths have received permission from the Stafford Bourough Council. Happy sixth Birthday, Morgan.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Staffordshire | Family allowed to fly pirate flag
pirate-flag.jpgA family who were stopped from flying a Jolly Roger pirate flag at their house for their son’s birthday party have now been given planning permission for it.

Richard Smith and Sharon Cooper from Stone in Staffordshire postponed Morgan Smith’s sixth birthday to await the outcome of their application.

Permission is required to fly anything other than national flags, a Stafford Borough Council spokesman said.

Every country makes mistakes. This is a classic story about a flag that isn’t correct. Someone manufactured the flag with a backwards component and it was used a couple of times before it was pointed out. The issue was immediately rectified.

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea
incorrect-flag.jpgThe presidential office for months used an incorrectly made national flag in President Roh Moo-hyun’s video messages. Cheong Wa Dae discarded the improper taegeukki after a citizen informed it about the error.

In President Roh’s congratulatory video message to the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporter’s Forum 2007 at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on June 28, the taegeukki next to the president is incorrect. The red and blue taegeuk circle at the center of the flag is reversed.

The Washington Guard of Galveston is an interesting part of Texas history. The Rosenberg Library is one of Texas’ oldest, and often displays memorabilia from early Texas. For more information about this display and others, head over to the Rosenberg Library website.

The Galveston County Daily News
tdn-washington-guards.jpgDuring the month of July, the Rosenberg Library will display artifacts related to the Washington Guards, the first military body established in Texas after the Civil War. These civilian men were incorporated into the state militia as Company A, First Texas Regiment. A small collection of Washington Guards memorabilia was donated to the library by Josephine Goldman in 1925. Among these items is a ceremonial sword from 1874 as well as an assortment of ribbons and medals from events associated with the Guards.

The Washington Guards were first established as a state militia in Galveston in 1871. Recognized as an elite and highly regarded organization, the Washington Guards were superior in drill exercises and won numerous competitions.

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The Daily Flag News—April 9, 2007

I am continually amazed at the ongoing conspiracy theory about the moon landing. I have read many articles on both sides and, to be honest, I just don’t believe the government is generally that organized.
What hoax? U.S. museum aims to set record straight over moon landing

Planting Flag on MoonWAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) – A museum honouring the first man to walk on the moon is not afraid to confront conspiracy theorists who argue his 1969 lunar landing was a hoax.
“If it takes a controversy to get them here, that’s fine with us,” said Andrea Waugh, an education specialist at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, named after Apollo 11 astronaut
and hometown hero Neil Armstrong.
The museum in western Ohio set up a display Saturday featuring some of the talking points that conspiracy theorists make in books and numerous websites to try to back up their claims that NASA staged all of its moon landings from 1969 to 1972 in a movie studio.
Claims that the lunar landings were fake can be easily debunked with facts and science, Waugh told visitors.

I think a good healthy competition makes for an interesting story. Here is a town in Canada that wants to be remembered for something notable, and one person knows what that is. Flying the Canada flag!
Thorold director of tourism wants to get residents flying the flag

The TribuneSure, it’s the place where ships climb the mountain.
But if Terry Dow has her way, Thorold will also be known as Canada’s most patriotic city.
Dow, Thorold’s director of tourism, is on a mission to get her fellow Thoroldites to hoist the maple leaf this Canada Day and set a world record for the most Canadian flags per capita flying in a Canadian city.
We are Canadian. It’s about time we start showing we’re proud to be Canadian. Thorold can stand out above the rest, Dow said during a pitch for her project at a Thorold council meeting earlier this week.
More than just owning the bragging rights if the feat is accomplished, Dow said the initiative is also about forging an identity that sets Thorold apart from other cities in the region.

Several weeks ago a federal judge ruled that Iowa’s flag laws regarding the U.S. flag were unconstitutional. The House has approved a new law that is clearer and defines the terms used. Now we just have to see if it clears the judge.
House approves revision to state flag law

American FlagDES MOINES (AP) – The Iowa House has approved a revision to the state’s flag desecration laws after a federal judge ruled them unconstitutional because they are too vague.
In a move to change the law, the House approved an amendment to a bill establishing a veterans counseling program.
It says that showing disrespect to the flag means to “deface, defile, mutilate or trample”. The amendment also defines what each of those terms means.

Flags over TexasI saw this story several weeks ago and have followed it since then. It seems there is a lot of confusion in Colorado about flags and the display of flags judging from their statement in the article about the flag code. They took a complicated, 167-word paragraph and reduced it to three words: “displayed more prominently.” Another section of the U.S. Flag Code dealing with foreign flags is addressed here.

Colorado also had a law on the books making it a crime to display foreign flags, other than in public buildings. The trouble started with a geography teacher displayed a Mexico and China flag in his classroom while they were studying world geography. He was suspended from his job, reinstated after threatening a lawsuit, then quit. Who knew this stuff was so hard?
New American Flag Law Goes Into Effect

Foreign Flags Can Be Permanently Displayed With U.S. Flag

DENVER — Governor Ritter was set to sign several bills Monday, including one to relax an earlier law meant to protect the American flag.
The proposal to be signed into law by Ritter would allow schools and airports to keep other countries’ flags on permanent display indoors as long as the U.S. flag was also included and displayed more prominently, following the federal flag code. Under the current Colorado law, foreign flags can be displayed only temporarily in public buildings.

The new law was the result of a dispute last summer involving a Jefferson County School District geography teacher.


Congratulations Drew!
Eighth-grader wins (North Dakota) State Geographic Bee, to compete in nationals

Geography BeeMemorial Middle School eighth-grader Drew Penrod is the state geographic bee winner. He’ll compete in the national geographic bee in May. Drew Penrod is already a world traveler at the age of 13.

That might have had something to do with the Memorial Middle School eighth-grader’s first place win at the State Geographic Bee on March 31 in Bismarck. “He’s a very, very bright kid,” said Tracy Strand, one of his teachers. “He does very well at everything he tries. He’s one of those self-learners.”

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The Daily Flag News—March 25, 2007

Another great story about 94 years of Scouting celebrated in Dennison, Texas. You’ll enjoy the story of what they did over the weekend and it lists all the troops involved.

The Herald Democrat

Boy ScoutsSparks flew as sticks were rubbed seeking fire. Rope was being tied to form a bridge. Drums pounded and Boy Scouts danced clad in authentic Indian garb. These were some of the sights at Saturday’s Texoma Valley District Boy Scout Camporee at Loy Lake Park in Denison.
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Troop 44 brought Boy Scout memorabilia of all 94 years, which they stretched out on tables for the public to see. Troop 615 of Durant constructed a tiangle-shaped rope bridge across a ravine and Troop 93 of Sherman prepared 72-hour survival kits, which they customized for people depending on their particular needs.

This is such a neat story, that I couldn’t help but share (yes, even if they are a competitor to Flags Bay). If you’ll link over to the original story, it includes an email address to contact the 73rd Cavalry Regiment’s 1st Squadron.
Gazing at the Flag: Flags from Iraq to America

Servicemen and US flagNORTHERN IRAQ (Army News Service, March 19, 2007) – Since paratroopers of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment’s 1st Squadron set foot in Iraq, they’ve raised and lowered a new flag every hour on the hour. Each flag has then become available for purchase through the unit’s Family Readiness Group.

A feel-good story about kids in Brenham, Texas having fun in a new facility. Kids and fun are always a good story.
Brenham Banner-Press Online Edition

It’s a little past 3:45 p.m. on a Wednesday and some 125 mostly smiling youngsters have just finished a spirited rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance and then continued on by paying tribute to the Texas flag.

I’m not even going to quote the Texas Flag Code on this, so you can enjoy the story and the artwork. Here is a link to KLTV 7 that includes the video news story that accompanies it. They interview the man and his wife about how they were chosen for the Trick My Truck television show.
Local trucker’s rig gets makeover, thanks to CMT’s ‘Trick My Truck’

Truck with Texas FlagWhen Ben Brownlow and his brother were growing up, they shared a dream of one day owning a trucking business.

“All our toys were trucks,” Ben recalled Friday by phone from his Palestine home. “That’s all we ever liked, was trucks.”

The two never lost that love, and years down the road, both would find themselves in the driver’s seat of a rig.

But they never quite made it to their ultimate goal. Before Ben and his brother, Brady “Brad” Brownlow, could buy their own trucks and go into business, Brad died in an oil rig explosion. He was 24.

It looks like the United States isn’t the only place people are upset by torn and tattered flags. This story from Canada shows the universal problem encountered with flags that fly 24/7.
Hamilton Spectator – News

Tettered Canada FlagThe complaint:

Here’s the first sentence in Rules for Flying the Canadian Flag, published by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage: “The National Flag of Canada should be displayed only in a manner befitting this important national symbol; it should not be subjected to indignity or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag or ensign.”

Reader John Hill, a driver for a roofing supplies company, gets around a lot and says it bothers him to see “half a Canadian flag” flying atop the Eastgate Carstar Collision Centre on Parkdale Avenue North.

Hill says he’s phoned about it more than once, but didn’t get a satisfactory response from the Ford dealership.

I’m slightly upset that no picture accompanied this story about a special saddle built decades ago to carry the Texas flag for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. It is quite a saddle judging by the description in the text. I might have to head to Google and see what I can find.
MySA.com: Metro | State

A silver-mounted parade saddle used to carry the Texas flag in the grand entry of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo up until the late 1980s will be auctioned off in Waco this weekend in a series of sales that include a massive spur collection.

Famous saddle maker Ted Flowers of Indiana made the saddle, which will be auctioned off complete with riggings — tapaderos, bridle, breast collar, serapes and hip drops. Altogether, the full ensemble weighs about 175 pounds.

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Forty Facts about Canada’s Flag

Today, February 15th, is National Flag Day in Canada, and this article with forty facts about the Canadian flag has a lot of interesting information. I’ve included two facts from the article, but you’ll find the other thirty-eight by clicking the link. Have fun!

40 facts about our flag

National Flag of CanadaIt flies at the top of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill and is sewn on the backpacks of globetrotting Canadians. It’s wrapped around triumphant athletes and waved by children at Canada Day parades, coast to coast. It’s on mugs, pins and car bumpers. In Canada and around the world, the National Flag is our collective name tag. This is Canada, it says, in beaming white and red. And this year, our flag turned 43. So, in honour, we have compiled 40 facts about what it is, where it came from and the hype that has sometimes followed it.

1. Feb. 15 1965: Canada’s new red and white Maple Leaf flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Maurice Bourget, Speaker of the Senate, addressed the audience. “The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction, language, belief or opinion.”

2. The official name is the National Flag of Canada.

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Happy birthday, Sir John, eh

[photopress:Sir_John_A_Macdonald.JPG,thumb,right]If you blinked, you missed the one-day celebration in Canada of Sir John A Macdonald Day, held each year on January 11th.

Arthur Milnes is a staunch supporter of the annual day of recognition, even though the day doesn’t include time off from work. In fact, Milnes and family started a tradition they follow each year, inviting other Canadians to join them.

I’m with you Arthur. Keep up the good work.

TheStar.com – opinion – Happy birthday, Sir John, eh

If 2007 isn’t the year Canadians begin to take seriously Sir John A. Macdonald Day – named, of course, in honour of our first and founding prime minister – I don’t know what I’ll do. With visions of the pomp and splendour of former president Gerald Ford’s funeral south of the border fresh in my mind’s eye, I have to say our American neighbours could teach us a thing or two about celebrating our history and past leaders with style.

All the wonderful Americana I witnessed over the holidays, thanks to Ford, has made me jealous. This piece, after all, is about Canada and our Father of Confederation – Macdonald of Kingston – specifically. I am especially jealous today, Jan. 11, the day we are supposed to celebrate our Father of Confederation – Macdonald of Kingston – on this, his official birthday.