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The Daily Flag News—November 9, 2007

It’s an All-American line up today. What great news stories!

Myers doesn’t want to be called a hero, but I think I’ll risk it. Tomorrow is the 232nd birthday of the Marine Corp and Francis Myers is the epitome of the WWII Marine. In battle at 19, the now 85 year old is still a Marine, and a hero to me.

85-year-old ex-Marine remembers seeing flag go up on Iwo Jima – Sun Journal
iwojimaflag.jpgAs a young Marine, Francis E. Myers went ashore at Iwo Jima in World War II. He saw his fellow Marines raise the flag as a combat photographer caught the moment with picture that became famous.

He needs no picture to remember. The flag-raising, Myers says, was done under enemy fire, an act of courage.

Myers is 85 now. He was a guest Saturday at the Marine Corps Ball at the New Riverfront Convention Center. The Marine Corps’ 232nd birthday is Saturday, Nov. 10, and celebrations have been held throughout the week.

It is traditional at Marine celebrations for a cake to be cut and for the first slice to be served to the oldest Marine by the youngest present. But at the ball in New Bern, Maj. Gen. Robert Dickerson, commander Marine Corps Installations-East, and Col. Francis Bottorff, commander of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, hand-delivered the first slice to Francis E. Myers.

People of the world want to be Americans. I loved this picture showing the diversity of new Americans: young and old, male and female, from every country.

Montana’s News Station, Fair. Accurate. To the Point. -Ceremony held in Billings for new US citizens
new-americans.jpgA group of Montanans are proud to be Americans Thursday morning.

More than a dozen immigrants from 16 different countries became official US citizens. After taking the oath of allegiance, each person was given a certificate and their very own American Flag.

After the ceremony, voter registration cards we handed out as well.

Originally from Uganda, Tracy Lawson says she is honored now be a U-S citizen. “It’s great. I have good friends, neighbors and work mates are so sweet and great it’s just like being home,” said Lawson.

Switzerland, Guatemala and Pakistan were some of the countries represented during the naturalization ceremony.

Own a piece of history tomorrow in Fredericksburg, Texas. Guns owned by Pancho Villa and Calamity Jane are to be sold at auction.

News 8 Austin | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES | Two of Pancho Villa’s guns up for auction
pancho-villas-pistol.jpgMany see Pancho Villa as an infamous bandit; some view him as a revolutionary hero. All agree that the folk hero of the 1910 Mexican Revolution was always heavily armed.

Now two of those firearms, and one that belonged to frontierswoman “Calamity Jane,” go up for bidding in an auction scheduled to start Saturday in Fredericksburg. The items up for auction will go on public display on Friday.

Auction manager Tom Burks is a former curator of the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco. He says Villa “always carried a gun to the day of his death, and he didn’t care what it was.”

But one of them is a real beauty – a Remington single-action handgun engraved with a scroll pattern. It’ll clearly be the star of the auction since it has Villa’s real name, “Doreteo Arango,” engraved on one side of the barrel.

The American Legion and elementary kids make a great pair in this Veteran’s Day celebration held as their school, Indian Creek Elementary in Marion, Iowa.

Students create living flag | – Cedar Rapids, Iowa City
studentusflag.jpgMARION – Indian Creek Elementary students honored veterans by creating a living American Flag this morning

A total of 358 kids and six teachers held up colored sheets of paper to form the American flag in the bleachers at Armstrong Field.

After members of American Legion Post 298 of Marion presented the colors, the children said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “America” before holding up their own colors.

“Everybody had a job to do and everybody did it,” said Sally Reck, a teacher librarian who helped planned the event. “It was a team effort.”

The event was held in conjunction with Veteran’s Day on Sunday.

James Aalan Bersen talks about the Navy Day party held at the Al Faw Palace in Iraq. The 232nd anniversary of the United States Navy was October 13, 2007. Bersen also has a lot of pictures of the event.

James Aalan Bernsen: U.S. Navy Birthday Celebration
jamesaalanbersen.jpgA few weeks ago – Oct. 13 to be precise – we celebrated the U.S. Navy’s 132nd Birthday.

It was a Friday the 13, in 1775, when the Continental Congress – which had not yet declared independence, authorized the creation of a Navy for the coming struggle with England. The proclamation establishing the Navy was very short and to the point:

“Resolved, That a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct.

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Navy Day

Navy Day posterThe US Flag Code offers a list of especially appropriate flag-flying days, and today is one of them—Navy Day, a civilian holiday established on October 27, 1922 by the Navy League of the United States.

Founded in 1902, the Navy League of the United States is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating American citizens about the importance of sea power to the national security of the United States, and to supporting the sea services—U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. flag Merchant Marines. Since the Navy League’s founding, it has grown to become a worldwide organization with nearly 70,000 members in almost 300 councils, and includes more than 250 corporate and community affiliate members.

The date of October 27 for a honorary celebration was suggested by the Navy League in recognition of Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy.

Navy Day 1945

President Harry S Truman presides over Navy Day, Oct. 27, 1945, in New York harbor.

The idea of Navy Day was to focus attention on the importance of the U.S. Navy. Throughout the decades, Navy Day was a huge celebration, but in the 1970s, the Oct. 27 date was finally passed over in favor of the Navy’s own birthday, Oct. 13, which commemorates the founding of the Continental Navy in 1775. However, Navy Day remains listed in the U.S. Flag Code as a special flag-flying day.

The vintage Navy Day poster image is used courtesy of the Navy League of the United States. The photograph of President Harry S Truman comes from the National Archives.