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The Periodic Table of Videos

Univ Nottingham logo Today I want to share a fantastic web site with you.

From the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom—here is the Periodic Table of Videos. What a brilliant idea! I’ve slowly been working my way through these videos, and I am delighted.

DKH_18I actually keep a small chart of the Periodic Table of the Elements right at hand, tucked in-between my flag books. It was my mother’s, and I bet she looked at it at least once a month. "Why?" you ask.

She was vitally interested in the world around her, and if she read something remotely scientific, she’d cross-reference that information to other things she understood, like the periodic table of elements.

While today’s article is not directly about flags, there is a tangent worth following. The art and science—the research and development— of natural and man-made fibers for use in the manufacture of flags, plus the dyes that are used to color the fabrics, has through the centuries followed the exploration and discovery of our chemical elements.

There’s a reason why the first flags were red: Red ochre is made from pigments found in naturally tinted clay, and has been used throughout the world since prehistoric times. Chemically, it is iron oxide.

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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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The Daily Flag News—January 14, 2008

It is fun to see a new flag born in the United States. We have the national flag, state flags, city flags and even county flags adorning our flagpoles. I do like the looks of this design from Gary Sides in Nebraska. He uses a good mix of colors and images to tell the story of Dakota County.

Sioux City Journal: County native designs flag for Dakota County
garysidesflag.jpgDAKOTA CITY — After more than 118 years without one, Dakota County finally has a flag to call its own.

It took fifth-generation county native Guy G. Sides IV, better known as Gary Sides, fewer than six weeks to design and produce the first Dakota County flag — just in time for Commissioner Bill Rohde to take it to the annual convention of the Nebraska Association of Elected Officials, Dec. 12-14, in Lincoln.

Rohde decided the county needed a flag when he attended his first NACO convention a year earlier, prior to taking office last January.

“I realized Dakota County didn’t have a flag,” Rohde said. It seemed to him that all 92 other of Nebraska’s counties did, including neighboring Dixon and Thurston counties.

My fascination with old flags continues with this recovered Civil War flag in Biloxi, Mississippi. Because the museum lost most of its items to Hurricane Katrina, this is an especially good find for the estate of Jefferson Davis. And to discover it on eBay was pretty neat. : Beauvoir curator finds 100-year-old artifact on eBay
rickforte_richardflowers.jpgBILOXI –A century-old flag immortalized in a postcard is back home at Beauvoir, the museum estate of Jefferson Davis that once served as an early-20th-century “Old Soldiers Home.”

The image shows two veterans displaying a Confederate First National Flag in front of antebellum Beauvoir House, now a National Historic Landmark.

The Beauvoir staff recognized the original flag because it is a variant with 13 stars instead of seven for the first seceded states. The identifying clincher is the 13th sits alone in a circle of stars.

I understand the frustration of the writer of this article and his distress at the state of the nation. I am saddened when I come across a flag flying in this condition. From my experience it’s not malicious, but carelessness that is the cause.

Amador Ledger Dispatch
tornflag.jpgIt is with extreme sadness that I report to you the death of a once great nation, or at least its very debilitating and failing health.

I hope the news print does the above photo justice showing the detail of the shredded flag. It is an absolute outrage, a slap in the face to our veterans, a complete disgrace to the citizens of our fair city of Sutter Creek and the citizens of the United States.

Sixth graders are definitely old enough to raise and lower the U.S. flag every day. With the help of the local VFW, these kids know how to do it right and even anticipate their own participation in the ceremony.

The Daily Telegram | Lessons in patriotism
maranathaacademyflag.jpgHand on his heart, Nicholas Jones saw his future in front of his eyes Friday as the American flag rose.

The Maranatha Academy fifth-grader and his classmates garner a unique job next year. The school’s sixth graders raise and lower the American flag at the beginning and end of each school day at the Christian school.

“I’m going to do that next year,” said the 10-year-old Nicholas.

Both current and future flag-raisers learned the proper way to fold a flag and what each fold means during a flagpole dedication at the school Friday. Their teachers were members of the Superior Combined Honor Guard, which encompasses the Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091 and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435.

One of Deborah’s favorite pastimes is studying Flags on Stamps and she is delighted about a whole series planned for the next few years. We are excited to see the new stamps as they are released.

Flag series of 60 stamps in ’08 – Home & Garden –
newflagstamps.jpgThe biggest event may be the beginning of a multiyear series called “The Flags of Our Nation.” A total of 60 issues will display the Stars and Stripes in various images and the flags of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories in alphabetical order.

The series will begin in June with a 41-cent Old Glory issue, followed by Alabama through Delaware. Ten more stamps will come in the fall, the District of Columbia through Kansas. The series will continue in 2009 and 2010.

Today’s history lesson is from 1846 California about the battle that didn’t happen. I like the part about the American flag at Gavilan Peak taunting General Jose Castro.

John Charles Fremont – E Clampus Vitus Historical Markers on
john-c-fremont.jpgFor three days Fremont looked down on San Juan Bautista and Castro’s growing force. For that same length of time the Mexican leaders looked up at an American flag that Fremont’s men had raised atop Gavilan Peak. On the evening of March 9 the flag pole fell down. Fremont decided to treat this as an omen and that night left the mountain top and eventually worked his way slowly north through the Sacramento Valley to Oregon. Castro declared to the Mexican Minister of War that he had won the day, but made no effort to follow the Americans.

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The Daily Flag News—December 27, 2007

If you’ve been to the Smithsonian Museum to see the Fort McHenry American flag, you might want to plan another trip. The museum is in the process of a massive upgrade to better show this remaining piece of U.S. history.

Museum face-lift to highlight U.S. flag – – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper
washingtontimesmuseum.jpgInspired by the American flag flying after the 1814 British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key wrote “O! say can you see” and penned the words that would become the national anthem.

But at America’s most popular history museum, the presentation of the famous flag — the Star-Spangled Banner — hasn’t exactly taken the breath away. For decades, it hung in a darkened, enclosed room near the entrance of the National Museum of American History, covered by a screen that opened for a few minutes every hour. Some tourists simply walked by the exhibit — failing to notice the banner that helped shape the young country’s identity, museum director Brent Glass said.

The past can come back to haunt or delight. In this case, it is delight. There’s an interesting story to go along with this article about a new Sussex County flag. At the bottom of the story is a link to a great article about the flag coming into being.

WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 – Sussex County Receives First-Ever County Flag
sussexcountyflag.gifGEORGETOWN, Del.- A piece of Sussex County’s past has come home, just in time for the county’s 325th anniversary.

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting was presented with the first-ever county flag designed in 1974 by William Scott of Selbyville. Scott designed the flag that year when organizers of a local bicentennial committee realized Sussex had no official flag. The council adopted his design that same year.

An ambitious undertaking is underway in Rome, Georgia. I don’t know how many counties there are in Georgia, but it will take some time to carry the Georgia flag to every one. I think the state is ready to roll out the red carpet for this event.

Rome News – Tribune
romega-ussgeorgia.jpgROME, GA – The USS Georgia Submarine, will be retrofitted from a ballistic Submarine to another mission and restationed at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay in Camden County, Georgia in the spring of 2008.

As part of the Submarine’s relocation to Georgia, the Navy League is planning to honor the return to Georgia by getting a state flag taken to every county in Georgia. The flag, along with a Georgia State Flag Logbook Entry certifying that the Georgia State Flag was present in Floyd County on December 18, 2007, will be placed permanently in the USS Georgia.

Why do flags cause so much controversy? Worldwide, flags are thought of as more than pieces of cloth, representing people and places held dear. This issue in Scotland will not go away any time soon, but show the enthusiasm people have for flags.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Controversial flag flies in Angus
controversialflaginangus.jpgA flag which sparked controversy is now flying outside some council buildings in Angus.

The local authority caused outrage among many people when it suggested replacing the Saltire with the county’s coat of arms.

A compromise was later reached allowing both flags to be displayed.

New flagpoles will have to be installed at certain sites to allow the county and the national designs to be flown side by side.

‘Unique identity’

More than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for the Saltire to be retained at the properties.

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Flags Bay Flags Fly High

Yesterday I was in San Marcos dropping off some paperwork at a local organization. Last month they bought two 4’x6′ Hercules flags—one U.S. and one Texas—and when I pulled up in front of the building the flags were flying out beautifully. I just had to take a couple of pictures.

Hercules flags flying1Hercules flags flying2

In person, the flags have extremely bright colors and they stand out against the blue sky background better than the photograph captures. Video would have been better, but I don’t think that is in Santa’s bag for this year. Maybe my birthday will bring motion to some of my pictures.

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William Driver’s Flag

William Driver, born on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1803, grew up among the docks and wharves in the port city of Salem, Massachusetts. Intrigued by the stories of the sailors and fishermen, he persuaded his mother to let him ship out as a cabin boy on the sailing vessel China. He was twelve.

This first voyage did not discourage Driver, and by the age of of eighteen he became master of his first ship. An enthusiastic captain who was proud of his country, Driver flew the American flag high upon his ships.

The Original “Old Glory”

The Original “Old Glory”

For his twenty-first birthday, Driver’s mother and friends presented him with an especially well-made and durable flag—designed for a long life on the open seas—and his upcoming ninth voyage. Pleased with his new flag, William Driver immediately raised the new flag over his ship, the Charles Doggett, until the flag unfurled in the strong breeze. Deeply moved by the brilliant colors and the 24 stars, Driver said, “I’ll call her Old Glory, boys—Old Glory!”

Driver sailed all over the world, proudly flying his hand-sewn American flag.

Married and widowed, then married again, Driver retired from the sea and his ship, The Black Warrior, in 1837. At age thirty-four, Drive and his southern-born wife settled in Nashville, Tennessee.

Old Glory, carefully stored in a camphor-wood sea-chest, and William Driver became a local legend, and the sea captain earned the nickname of “Old Glory Driver.”

As the years went by, Driver ran afoul of southern war sentiments, and was forced to hide his beloved Union flag. His politics and beliefs were common knowledge, and he stood firm in his loyalty to the Union despite threats by local Confederates to confiscate the well-known Old Glory.

Though his house and grounds were repeatedly searched, those who would have destroyed Driver’s flag were never able to find it, and Driver himself refused to discuss the flag’s whereabouts.

When the Union army marched into Nashville, William Driver revealed Old Glory’s secret hiding place. He’d sewn the flag inside a purple calico comforter for safe-keeping, and soon Old Glory was flying over the the Tennessee state house.

William Driver’s Old Glory survives to this day. It has been carefully restored, and is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

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Captured Flags in the News

checkered_flag.jpgWhen I first started reading news stories related to flags, I set up several search programs, then subscribed to the RSS feeds of the searches. I set up searches for “American flag,” “U.S. flag,” “Lone Star flag,” and just to make sure, I also set up a search for “flag” that would scoop up all the rest of the stories.

I never know what’s going to pop up in the “flag” folder, but I thought you might be amused by this list.

  • flag football
  • checkered flag
  • Flag Telecom (phone company)
  • Antiflag (singing group)
  • American flag
  • US flag
  • (any state) flag
  • red flag warnings
  • white flag
  • beach flags
  • (any country) flag
  • flag pins
  • flag burnings
  • National flags
  • people that are flagged
  • flagging
  • flag sales
  • flagging sales
  • flag shirts (shorts, soccer balls, etc.)
  • officials flag
  • yellow flag
  • caution flag
  • flag down

Many of these stories are interesting, but ultimately, not something worth flagging for The Daily Flag.

Are you doing the same for your business? Do you have the power of technology searching the web for your product or company name? It’s easy and can provide you with much valuable information.

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Can you make it a different color?

Produced by the advertising agency Clayborn Creative Consulting, this tongue-in-cheek flash animation illustrates the creative frustrations that come with trying to please the customer. This frustration is furthermore reinforced by the comments to the blog that provides the link. Some people still didn’t get the humor, and they are reading about it at an advertising blog.


The flash animation was produced over a year ago, but it will be around for a long time I think.

Hat Tip to Randy Smith via North American Vexillological Association (NAVA).

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The American’s Creed

american-flag-for-desktop.JPGThumbing through a 1984 copy of the Boy Scout Handbook led me to The American Creed. In 1917, William Tyler Page developed this creed by taking lines from famous phrases and sentences from American history.

Here’s the creed:

I believe in
the United States of American as a1
Government of the people, by the people, for the people2;
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed3;
a democracy in a republic4;
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States5;
a perfect Union, one and inseparable6;
established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.7

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country
to love it8;
to support its Constitution9;
to obey its laws10;
to respect its flag11; and
to defend it against all enemies.12

Look at each line and think about the implications of a people that adhere to this creed. Would the U.S. be better or worse?

Here is the source of the lines in the creed.

  1. Closing words of the Preamble to the Constitution
  2. Lincoln’s Gettysburg address
  3. Declaration of Independence
  4. W.T. Page
  5. Speech by Daniel Webster
  6. Preamble to the Constitution
  7. Adapted from the closing words of the Declaration of Independence
  8. Speech by John Hancock
  9. United States Oath of Allegiance
  10. George Washington’s Farewell address
  11. War Department Circular, April 14, 1917
  12. Oath of Allegiance

Sounds just as good today as it did in 1917.

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