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The Daily Flag News—October 5, 2007

Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kit #01804, is being recalled for potential lead based paint. In addition to the news story, the Sam Houston Council website has more information.

Cub Scout badges recalled over lead fears | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
recognitionkit01804.JPGA plastic badge awarded to Cub Scouts was recalled Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America because it may contain excessive levels of lead paint.

The recalled badge — made in China — is the “Immediate Recognition Kit,” which has been distributed to an estimated 1.7 million Cub Scouts nationwide.

“Our highest priority is the safety of the boys,” said Gregg Shields, spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, which is based in Irving. He said the organization “apologizes for any concerns this may have caused and we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone who participates in our programs.”

More flag pole controversy in Winchester, Virginia. A zoning ordinance of 40′ and an 80′ flag pole flying an American flag clash again. It seems every month another story surfaces about this type conflict. It seems better communication between cities and businesses might help.

The Winchester Star
winchesterstarflag.jpgBoyce — Long may it wave — at least for now.

Relatives of a late Waterloo businessman learned on Wednesday that they may continue to fly the American flag from an 80-foot flagpole outside his former business, despite a Clarke County board’s ruling that it violates zoning laws.

In his decision, Frederick County Circuit Court Judge John R. Prosser ruled in favor of Jerry Kirk’s appeal of a decision by the county Board of Zoning Appeals. The board ruled in 2006 that his flagpole at the Apple Blossom U-Store-It violates county regulations that consider a flagpole a structure, and thus limit it to a maximum height of 40 feet in the Highway Commercial District.

Do you recognize the flag to the right? It’s a replica of the original New Mexico flag that flew between 1915 and 1920. A local business person found references to the flag and is now working to educate the public about its history.

Las Cruces Sun-News – Business celebrates little-known remnant of New Mexico history
newmexicooriginalflag.jpgLAS CRUCES — A little-known, never-flown New Mexico state flag is fluttering over Las Cruces these days, lending a dash of history to the city.

A replica of the original, although unofficial, state colors now flutters in the breeze at Garland Realty and Development on North Main Street. And it’s not even close to the red Zia and yellow field that residents of the Land of Enchantment have come to know and love.

A bit of Internet research caught Ed Garland’s attention a couple of months ago, and launched him on a quest to uncover the original colors. The flag was designed on the fly for the 1915 Worlds Fair in San Diego, according to Garland’s studies.

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The “Zia” of New Mexico

As a child growing up in West Texas, the second state flag I saw most often was New Mexico’s, or I should say the “Zia,” which adorned New Mexico car license plates. The Land of Enchantment has one of the most highly recognized flags in the Union, with a bold red sun symbol on a brilliantly yellow field.

It is New Mexico’s second official flag, the winner in a design competition conducted by the New Mexico chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The NM-DAR believed the state would be better represented by a flag unique in history and character.

In 1923 Dr. Harry Mera, a physician and archaeologist from Santa Fe, submitted the winning design in a flag sewn by his wife Reba, and in March 1925, the Mera design became the new official state flag.[photopress:New_Mexico.JPG,thumb,right]

The State Flag of New Mexico displays a modern interpretation of an ancient sun symbol, which was found on a late nineteenth century water jar discovered in the Zia Pueblo. This pueblo is believed to have been one of the Seven Golden Cities of Cibola, sought by explorer Vasques de Coronado.

The Zia philosophy focuses on harmony between man and the universe, and the sacred number four, all bound together in the circle of life, without beginning and without end. Thus the number four is expressed in the four directions of the earth: north, south, east, and west; and in the four seasons of the year: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

With the twenty-four hours of a day, it is noted by sunrise, noon, evening and night; and by life itself, with childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. The Zia believe too, that life comes from four sacred obligations: development of a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit and devotion to the welfare of people/family. These ideas are represented by the four sets of four rays, set at right angles, starting with the circle.

The red and yellow of the flag the colors carried by the Spanish Conquistadors, representing Queen Isabella of Spain.

[photopress:New_Mexico_Twitchell.gif,thumb,left]New Mexico’s first official state flag was designed by Ralph Emerson Twitchell in 1915. The flag was a field of blue, with a small US flag in the upper left corner, and the state’s seal in the lower right corner. The words “New Mexico” were lettered in-between, on a diagonal line starting in the lower right corner and running to the upper left corner.