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The Daily Flag News—August 24, 2007

Native Words, Native Warriors were crucial to U.S. efforts in WWI and WWII. This year, coinciding with their national PowWow, a National Museum Exhibit was unveiled in honor of their work. The amazing story of the Indian code talkers continues.

Code talkers’ contributions honored in national museum exhibit : ICT [2007/08/17]
codetalkers.jpg‘Than-zie tlo-chin: Ashdla Chal Din-neh-ih Bi-tsan-dehn: Hash-kay-gi-na-tah taa n-kih tsostsid Tabaha Ah-di a-la-ih tseebii nos-bas-nos-bas Shi-da Klesh ma-e ah-jad be-la-sana …”

No need to say it 20 times fast; no need to guess the language or memorize it. But after the exhibit ”Native Words, Native Warriors” at the National Museum of the American Indian, thousands of people are likely to get a feel for it. For as translated into English, the message ends with two lines that still say a lot, more than 60 years later:

”At 1800 U.S. flag raised on Hill 165.

Iwo Jima secure. Over.”

So before the most iconic battlefield image in American history was conveyed by photograph, before the flag-raising at Mount Suribachi had inspired books and films like ”Flags of Our Fathers,” ballads to Pima Marine Ira Hayes and architecture like the new Marine Corps museum at Quantico in Virginia, news of it was conveyed by Navajo code to headquarters.

The Buddy Poppy, hand-made by veterans, goes to support disabled veterans. I wasn’t aware of the Buddy Poppy contest held each year at the VFW National Convention, and sponsored by the Ladies Axillary. There is a picture of the winner if you follow the link to the story. Oh, and Mike Hendricks is probably not kin, but that’s a story for another day.

www.kansascity.com | 08/21/2007 | Artificial poppies express true feelings about veterans
mikehendricks.jpgAll around me were poppies.

The reddish-orange “Buddy Poppy” variety that Veterans of Foreign Wars members sell around Memorial Day and other holidays.

Patients in VA hospitals, old soldiers’ homes and the like make the faux flowers by hand, with proceeds going to benefit disabled veterans.

Maybe you’ve bought a poppy or two through the years.

My wife and I hang them from the rear-view mirror. Used to be that we just liked how it looked. But now, more than ever, it feels like the right thing to do, what with all the amputees coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yet, as I discovered at the VA convention, much more can be done with those plastic poppies than decorate your car.

I’m sure no veteran would get in trouble for a regular salute while out of uniform, but if this law passes, it won’t matter. This will allow veterans to do what comes naturally when the American flag is raised or lowered.

The Villages Daily Sun
veteranssalute.jpgYet a bill, passed in the U.S. Senate in late July and currently working its way through the House, could forever change the legal underpinning of a patriotic tradition.

The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., states that “members of the Armed Forces and veterans out of uniform may render the military salute during hoisting, lowering, or passing of flag.”

Previously, veterans out of uniform were only allowed to honor the flag with their hand placed over their heart.

Village of Belle Aire resident George Sinen III, a Korean War veteran, admits to saluting the flag out of uniform.

“I wouldn’t fit into my uniform anyhow,” he joked.

Shock and amazement continues to be my reaction when I see stories like this one. Most have happy endings, but the fact remains, some people shouldn’t be in authority.

14 WFIE, The Tri-State’s News Leader: Tenants scolded for flying US flag
14news.jpgThe manager of this apartment complex may have chosen the wrong door to knock on when she came to Tammy Chester’s apartment, Tammy says, “My dad is a veteran. We always had an American flag flying at our house. My husband is a veteran.”

So imagine her shock when the reason management came knocking was to ask that she remove her American flag, she says, “That’s when she said it was a political statement.”

Just as upset were her next door neighbors.

David Fleck says he couldn’t believe, out of all the things on the exterior of his apartment, it was the flag they wanted removed, “They are not going to tell me I can’t fly an American flag, it’s not happening.”

Missing in Action since 1942, the submarine USS Grunion is located by the sons of the former Commander of the sub. After five years, the search is successful in locating the missing sub off the Aleutuan Islands.

Submarine lost in 1942 likely found in Bering Sea | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
subsonar.jpgANCHORAGE, ALASKA — The mangled remains of a vessel found in the Bering Sea are likely those of a World War II submarine that disappeared with a crew of 70 off the Aleutian Island of Kiska.

The discovery of the USS Grunion on Wednesday night culminates a five-year search led by the sons of its commander, Mannert Abele, and may finally shine a light on the mysterious last moments of the doomed vessel in 1942.

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The Daily Flag News—May 2, 2007

Today’s news stories begin with a couple of history lessons, and end with another apartment complex denying tenants the right to fly their American flags. Let’s get right to it.

The only tie-in to flags with this story is the planting of a flag claiming a new land. This map of America, drawn in 1507, is a fascinating look into our past. Doing the quick math, this map is now 500 years old, more than twice as old as the United States.
German chancellor hands over map first naming America | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

1507-us-map.jpgWASHINGTON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday officially handed over to the United States the 500-year-old map that was the first to tell the world of a new land it called America.

Library of Congress historians say the world map, completed by German-born cleric and cartographer Martin Waldseemueller in 1507, is the first known document to use the name America — named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci — the first to depict the Western Hemisphere and the first to show separate Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Millions of people, myself included, have a great interest in the WWII Navajo Code Talkers. Their story is a look into their culture and heritage as they served the United States in battle. Stewart Clah was proud to serve his country as a Navajo Code Talker.
Farmington Daily Times – The flag waves on: Family remembers life of passing Code Talker

framington-daily-news.jpgHOGBACK — For seven days and seven nights, Stewart Clah watched over the flag.

As his leaders signed the peace treaty ending World War II, the U.S. Marine and Navajo Code Talker raised and lowered the flag flying on the warship in Pearl Harbor.

“He was proud of that, proud of the American flag,” said his son Darrell Clah, 54, of Hogback.

Monday, a flag flew half-mast outside his sister’s Hogback home. Stewart Clah, 87, of Hogback, died Sunday morning in his sleep.

The flag story was one of the few he told his family about his service. Scarred by his memories of combat, Clah preferred to deflect the spotlight.

“I would ask him, and he’d say, Oh, no, let’s change the subject,'” said his daughter Lena Hayes, 62, of Shiprock.

Even when he was awarded the silver Medal of Honor, Clah treated the honor “like something he had to do,” Darrell Clah said.

The ceremony, filled with so many comrades similar to those who died overseas, may have cut his father too deeply to be enjoyable.

I know that some day in the future these stories of flag flying denials will fade away and be forgotten. Yes, the managers can set “reasonable” boundaries for flying the flag, but they can not ban it completely according to law. The Freedom to Fly the American Flag Act of 2005 covers this situation.
American flag banned from senior apartment complex | KGET

flagban.jpgBAKERSFIELD – The American flag can mean special things to people, and one apartment complex banned the flag from public display recently.

That has its tenants up in arms.

To the folks residing at the apartments, the flag is an emotional extension of who they are, and neighbors agree—getting rid of the flag leaves nobody a winner.

The talk is all abut a new ban at the senior apartment complex as the American flag could be on its way out.

“I think it’s ridiculous, un-American. We have our troops over there fighting and we can’t show our support by flying an American flag?” said Rosemary Bartel, a neighbor. “It’s absolutely ludicrous.”

Neighbors said they feel good when they see Joseph Card’s U.S. Marine Corp flag.