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The Daily Flag News—March 25, 2007

Another great story about 94 years of Scouting celebrated in Dennison, Texas. You’ll enjoy the story of what they did over the weekend and it lists all the troops involved.

The Herald Democrat

Boy ScoutsSparks flew as sticks were rubbed seeking fire. Rope was being tied to form a bridge. Drums pounded and Boy Scouts danced clad in authentic Indian garb. These were some of the sights at Saturday’s Texoma Valley District Boy Scout Camporee at Loy Lake Park in Denison.
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Troop 44 brought Boy Scout memorabilia of all 94 years, which they stretched out on tables for the public to see. Troop 615 of Durant constructed a tiangle-shaped rope bridge across a ravine and Troop 93 of Sherman prepared 72-hour survival kits, which they customized for people depending on their particular needs.

This is such a neat story, that I couldn’t help but share (yes, even if they are a competitor to Flags Bay). If you’ll link over to the original story, it includes an email address to contact the 73rd Cavalry Regiment’s 1st Squadron.
Gazing at the Flag: Flags from Iraq to America

Servicemen and US flagNORTHERN IRAQ (Army News Service, March 19, 2007) – Since paratroopers of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment’s 1st Squadron set foot in Iraq, they’ve raised and lowered a new flag every hour on the hour. Each flag has then become available for purchase through the unit’s Family Readiness Group.

A feel-good story about kids in Brenham, Texas having fun in a new facility. Kids and fun are always a good story.
Brenham Banner-Press Online Edition

It’s a little past 3:45 p.m. on a Wednesday and some 125 mostly smiling youngsters have just finished a spirited rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance and then continued on by paying tribute to the Texas flag.

I’m not even going to quote the Texas Flag Code on this, so you can enjoy the story and the artwork. Here is a link to KLTV 7 that includes the video news story that accompanies it. They interview the man and his wife about how they were chosen for the Trick My Truck television show.
Local trucker’s rig gets makeover, thanks to CMT’s ‘Trick My Truck’

Truck with Texas FlagWhen Ben Brownlow and his brother were growing up, they shared a dream of one day owning a trucking business.

“All our toys were trucks,” Ben recalled Friday by phone from his Palestine home. “That’s all we ever liked, was trucks.”

The two never lost that love, and years down the road, both would find themselves in the driver’s seat of a rig.

But they never quite made it to their ultimate goal. Before Ben and his brother, Brady “Brad” Brownlow, could buy their own trucks and go into business, Brad died in an oil rig explosion. He was 24.

It looks like the United States isn’t the only place people are upset by torn and tattered flags. This story from Canada shows the universal problem encountered with flags that fly 24/7.
Hamilton Spectator – News

Tettered Canada FlagThe complaint:

Here’s the first sentence in Rules for Flying the Canadian Flag, published by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage: “The National Flag of Canada should be displayed only in a manner befitting this important national symbol; it should not be subjected to indignity or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag or ensign.”

Reader John Hill, a driver for a roofing supplies company, gets around a lot and says it bothers him to see “half a Canadian flag” flying atop the Eastgate Carstar Collision Centre on Parkdale Avenue North.

Hill says he’s phoned about it more than once, but didn’t get a satisfactory response from the Ford dealership.

I’m slightly upset that no picture accompanied this story about a special saddle built decades ago to carry the Texas flag for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. It is quite a saddle judging by the description in the text. I might have to head to Google and see what I can find. Metro | State

A silver-mounted parade saddle used to carry the Texas flag in the grand entry of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo up until the late 1980s will be auctioned off in Waco this weekend in a series of sales that include a massive spur collection.

Famous saddle maker Ted Flowers of Indiana made the saddle, which will be auctioned off complete with riggings — tapaderos, bridle, breast collar, serapes and hip drops. Altogether, the full ensemble weighs about 175 pounds.