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Lafayette, Indiana’s Newly Proposed City Flag

There is a lot to like about this newly proposed city flag for Lafayette, Indiana. It is bright and colorful, and contains a lot of thought. Each part of the flag represents the area, and if adopted, will make a beautiful flag to fly over city buildings.

This is a great achievement from the Mayor’s Youth Council. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.

Journal and Courier Online – News

Lafayette’s Proposed FlagLafayette city officials are proposing a new city flag.

Designed by the Mayor’s Youth Council, consisting of several Lafayette teens, the flag is intended to represent the city’s history and future.

It consists of two red triangles in opposite corners representing balance, diversity and change. The triangles are connected by a thick, blue, wavy line representing the Wabash River.

A large gold star in upper left corner represents the city. The entire design rests on a white background.

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Black Ribbon Streamers for Mourning

It’s not mentioned in the federal flag code, but by tradition if you have a flagpole that is too short for the flag to be lowered to half-staff (such as a home flag mounted diagonally off the porch or window facing) then it is respectful to signify honor and mourning by flying a black streamer from the top of the flag pole. It should not be attached to the flag, but to the pole.

Here is an easy way to make a streamer. Use a length of ribbon that is twice as long as of the flag, and the same width as one of the stripes. Take an elastic hair band (like you’d use for a pony tail), and knot the ribbon around the hair band so that it looks neat and tidy. Trim the ends to the same length, then dress them by notching in swallow-tails or by cutting them on an angle. Twist the hair band around the top of the flag pole, adjust until it hangs freely and looks nice.

For flags mounted on a wall or hanging by the header attached to a pole, you can place streamers at the top corners, but on the wall or pole, not to the flag itself.

A caveat: Decorating ribbon is less expensive, but will fade on your flag if it gets wet. Dressmaker’s ribbon (for use on clothing) is more expensive but will last longer and is colorfast.

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Sixth Graders — Our Flag – What it Means to Me

I really like writing contests for sixth graders. They are not jaded and just say what they mean. This recent contest in Iowa is a great example of that.

Keokuk’s Gate City Daily Online

Keokuk Elks announce the local winners of the Iowa Elks Association’s annual sixth grade essay contest.

The contest was open to all area sixth graders.

The theme for the contest is “Our Flag – What it Means to Me.”

Brittani Miller of Clark County R-1 Middle School, Kahoka, Mo., is the first-place girl winner and Lucas Brown of Canton R-V School, Canton, Mo., won the boys’ division.

Kendall Camp of Canton R-V and Tommy Hoener of Warsaw Middle School, Warsaw, Ill., both finished second in their divisions.

Here are a few quotes from the winners. The first from Brittani Miller:

The flag shows us that our nation was founded under the principles of God, and the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as well as all men are created equal. And that is what the flag means to me.

and this from Lucas Brown:

People show pride for our country by displaying the flag at their homes, businesses and in classrooms. In parades, different organizations proudly carry the flag. Pride is so cool because it shows emotion. That is how we show pride for our country.

When the “Pledge of Allegiance” is recited some people start to cry because they have somebody fighting for our country. I stop and focus on the flag while some people are not looking at the flag. I feel so great because there are people fighting and sacrificing their lives for us. That is how I feel about the flag.

I think that just about says it all. Thank you Brittani and Lucas.

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Teams line up for International Cup of Flag Football

[photopress:Flag_Football_Players.jpg,thumb,right]I recently posted an article about the National Flag Football Champions and now I find there is an International competition, also. This one is going to be held in the Cayman Islands, with participating champions from around the world.

Now I know this is serious business and I will watch the papers for the results. The international contest will be February 10th and 11th. If you go to the islands at that time, make sure and add this sporting event to your schedule.

Teams line up for International Cup of Flag Football

The first sports weekend of the New Year saw the opening tryout in the build up to the International Cup of Flag Football or ‘I-Cup’.

According to event organiser Brendon Malice, the goal of the I-Cup is to spread Flag Football across the Island. “With all the nationalities that play in our flag football league, I thought this would be a great opportunity to play alongside your fellow countrymen in a friendly competition,” he explained. Adding that this is the first-ever International Cup and so far the turn out has been great.

Teams representing the Cayman Islands, Canada, the USA and the rest of the World will contest the cup. Each team will consist of two coaches or captains and up to 20 players.

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Touch the Ground—Burn the Flag?

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The Myth

If the flag touches the ground, it must be burned!

I’m not sure where this myth started, but I’ve heard it most of my life. In recent days, with all the focus on the flag and flag etiquette because of former President Ford’s death, I have noticed several articles in papers across the United States quoting this as fact.

The Fact

To be clear, here is the text from the United States Flag Code in Title 4; Chapter1; Section 8(b):

(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the
ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

This part of the code is in the “Respect the Flag” section and clearly indicates the carefulness someone should take in displaying the flag with particular attention paid to the surroundings. If the flag touches any of the mentioned items, it should be resolved quickly.

The Confusion

I think the confusion comes from Section 8(k), where the code indicates;

(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a
fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way,
preferably by burning.

This is a clear reference to the physical condition of the flag, and indeed, a tattered or worn and faded flag should never be flown, out of respect. This section clearly states that when the flag is in “such condition” which is never fully defined in the code, but the US flag code never indicates this policy for a flag inadvertently touching the ground.

Always fly the flag with respect and when necessary, dispose of the flag in a dignified manner.

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World’s biggest Ohio State University Flag Flies

Have you ever wondered how automobile dealerships get those big flags flying? This article, from the Sandusky Register, shows a video of a local dealer launching a huge 30 X 60 Ohio State University flag that was custom built.

It’s worth visiting just to watch the short video.

Sandusky Register Front World’s biggest Block O flag flies at local car dealership

The mammoth flag has some startling dimensions that would make any oversized football lineman blush. It is 30 by 60 feet, contains 120 yards of scarlet, 52 yards of gray, 31 feet of canvass and 32 feet of halyard.

Bryan Kasper, vice-president of the auto group, is excited about being able to fly the flag as OSU seeks its second title in four years. The flag will be illuminated by six 1,000 watt spotlights mounted 25 feet in the air.

“We thought it would be nice to show the pride of being from Ohio. Watching the Buckeyes seems to give everyone the adrenaline rush we need,” he said. “The largest Ohio State flag in the world will bring a huge smile to lots of faces.”

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Children To Design A Flag For City’s Future

I like the idea of having school children design a city flag. Their imaginations are not hindered by any preconceived notions that limit the scope of the design.

Now a group in Brighton and Hove, UK are putting such a plan into action, calling on the school children to make recommendations for a city flag. The winning entry will be chosen on May 4th and made into a full-size flag by May 6th for flying at the annual Children’s Parade.

Children To Design A Flag For Citys Future (from The Argus):

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Brighton and Hove is to get its own flag, designed by one of the city’s children. The 2020 Community Partnership, in association with The Argus, is calling on the city’s schoolchildren to come up with flags based on their vision for the city’s future.

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Flag RED!

Red! It’s the most popular color used in flags and also the oldest. That makes sense, considering the first natural pigment man pulled from the earth was red ochre.

Every kind of symbolism is attached to the color red, both good and bad. But a red flag certainly catches the eye, and is highly visible from a distance. If you wanted to design your own flag, red would be a proven color choice.