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The Daily Flag News—February 25, 2008

The Tennessee flag was under attack, but the enemy was a storm. The website has video showing the damage done to the flag and it is amazing to look at.

NewsChannel 5.com Nashville, Tennessee – Storms Ripped Stars Off Flag
tennesseeflagdamaged.jpgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last week’s storms were so strong they ripped the stars right off state flag.

The winds were so strong, they tore the stitching off the flag. The flag flew over the state Capitol in downtown Nashville.

“Tore ’em right out of the center,” said Jeremy Heidt, public information officer for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

The flag was given to Gov. Phil Bredesen who gave it to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to show appreciation for the agency helping people recover from the storms.

Canada’s flag day celebrations are quite similar to ours. The school children draw pictures of the flag and learn the history. The Canada flag bearing the national symbol—the maple leaf— was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 15, 1965.

Young and old alike celebrate Canadian flag
flagdayincanada.jpgA history lesson on flags followed by juice, cupcakes, and a visit from a big red furry maple leaf named Salut is how several schoolchildren celebrated Flag Day on Friday.

Students from Ecole Connaught Community School and Ecole Elsie Mironuck School celebrated the event with Lt.-Gov. Gordon Barnhart, local veterans and representatives of the RCMP at Government House. The festivities began with a flag-raising ceremony outside the building. Once inside the students were treated to a short history lesson on flags by Barnhart.

The Alabama flag features the St. Andrew’s cross in red. This article is a great history lesson, not only for Alabama, but vexillology in general.

MICHAEL E. PALMER’S ALMANAC: The study of flags is the study of history | TuscaloosaNews.com
alabamastateflag1895.jpgSome of my favorite flags from a design standpoint are based on the St. Andrew’s cross. The St. Andrew’s Cross became a popular flag pattern in the first century. St. Andrew was an apostle who spread the word of Christ through Greece and Asia Minor. The Romans crucified Andrew. Legend states that Andrew felt he was not worthy to be crucified in the manner of Christ, so he chose to be martyred on a diagonal cross. After his death, St. Andrew was depicted in paintings holding a diagonal cross. Soon, nations that chose Andrew as their patron saint adopted banners and heralds based on the St. Andrew’s pattern.

In vexillology, the study of flags, the St. Andrew pattern is called a saltire. A saltire is two diagonally crossed bars forming an ‘X’ shape.

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Vexillology? Just What is That?

Just what is vexillology, anyway? It is the study of flags—all kinds of flags—from all over the world. One can even become known as a vexillologist, but not by attending any college or university for a degree.

NAVA FlagThere is a group for those interested in flags: NAVA (North American Vexillological Association). Yes, that’s a mouthful of words but well worth the effort to say. NAVA is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose goal is to further the study of all flags.

This is from the front page of their website.

Do flags interest you? Are you curious about their design, history, and symbolism? Do you wonder why these bits of cloth have such a profound effect on people and nations? If your answer is “Yes,” then please join us.

Why do I bring this up? Because vexillologist are passionate about flags, and willing to share their knowledge. So if you want to learn about flags too, NAVA is a great place to start.

Deborah and I consider ourselves vexillologists-in-training—reading, writing, and learning more about the flags around us and presenting the information to you. Daily we explore new vistas and research deeper to bring you news and facts from around the world that promotes the love of flags. Sometimes it is the little known fact in the back story that is more interesting than the obvious. Whatever it is, we are committed to bringing you the finest in what we do.

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U.S. postage stamp with the U.S. flag

Are you interested in Vexillology?

How about Philately?

How about the first U.S. stamp show the image of the Stars and Stripes?
1869 U.S. flag stampThis thirty-cent stamp was printed in 1869 and used primarily for mail going overseas. If you want to buy one today, it will cost you about $350.

Read more about this first U.S. flag stamp at the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Inc.