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An American flag for everyone

Alex Richman took a great photo a few weeks ago, while he was walking the sidewalks in Bay Ridge, New York.  It is content-rich, and I want you to go to Alex’s Flickr page and examine at the photo at the 3872 x 2592 pixel size. It is a feast for the eyes, and a total delight.

What I love about this photo, is that the hardware store owner has a flag for everyone, even tiny flag pins. The printed 3’x5′ flag is priced at $7.50. The least expensive little 4"x6" flag is 50c, and the "better" 4"x6" flag is 75c. I am absolutely certain that these flags are imported, and I’m not upset about it. Maybe the store owner is imported, too.

Flags Bay is my business, and I stock one of the finest American-made flags in the country. But I don’t object to imported flags, because I want everyone to have an American flag, and I believe in free trade. If some youngster spends $7.50 for a 3’x5′ flag to hang in his room now, then I have every confidence and expectation that someday he will buy an American-made flag … maybe from Flags Bay.


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You can see more of Alex Richman’s photographs at Sidewalk Photography and Alex Richman Photography.

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President Bush proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2007

white-house-gb-logo.gifA Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

America has been blessed by the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have answered the call to defend our country and protect liberty around the world. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor a special group of patriots: those who have been prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. We remain forever in their debt, and we renew our commitment to them and to their families never to rest until we have accounted for every missing service member.

US and POW MIA Flags

To commemorate this day, the National League of Families POW/MIA flag is flown over the White House, the Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and other locations across our country. This flag is an enduring symbol that reflects our solemn commitment to our courageous service members who have been imprisoned while serving in conflicts around the world and to those who remain missing. America will always remember these heroes, and we underscore our pledge to achieve the fullest possible accounting for every missing member of our Armed Forces.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 21, 2007, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in honoring and remembering all former American prisoners of war and those missing in action who valiantly served our great country. I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.



Flag photo courtesy rj-photo at Flickr

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Correction—Deborah made a mistake

California flag

courtesy Steve Roe and Flickr

When I wrote about the Bear Flag of California, at the bottom of the article I said,“Two more states have a bear represented on their flags. Can you name them?”

Doug, a reader from California tried to find those other two flags, but found only the Missouri flag. He wrote to The Daily Flag to ask what the third bear flag was. Doug has good eyes, because there isn’t a third bear flag. I made a careless mistake.

I use several books about flags (plus the internet) as references in preparation for writing about the state flags. When I find a tidbit of information that I think is especially noteworthy, or draw some brilliant conclusion on my own, I tag the spot with a sticky note so I can come back to it later.

Missouri flag

courtesy LHarkness and Flickr

While studying about California, I found that the Missouri flag had bears on it, so I tagged with it “other bears,” because I knew I wouldn’t forget that California had a bear, but I might forget about Missouri until I wrote about it too. Except that I tagged the sticky note on Maine’s page, which is next to Missouri in the book I was using, where the states are listed by the date of entrance into the Union, not alphabetically.

When I finished writing about the Bear Flag of California, I remembered Missouri, and flipped over to “other bears,” wrongly tagged on the Maine page. “Two more states,” my brain said, and that’s what I wrote. I wouldn’t have caught this mistake until I wrote about Missouri or Maine!

Thanks again to Doug, and now I’ll get busy and write about Missouri.