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Posted on Sept. 14, 2018
Flag torn on Hurricane Florence live stream has hilarious Twitter account -Citizen Times / USA Today
"Meteorologists have said Hurricane Florence has slowed down as it prepares to make landfall. Tell that to the flag. The flag sits on a former Coast Guard light tower just over 30 miles from the North Carolina. Named the Frying Pan Tower, the structure has been there since 1964. It now operates as unique bed and breakfast 80 feet above the water. But anyway, you were wondering about the flag?”
Posted on Sept. 14, 2018
Company to donate American Flag to Frying Pan after Hurricane Florence batters Old Glory - ABC 12 News
"Flag and Banner has offered to donate a new American Flag to Frying Pan after millions of people watched Hurricane Florence batter Old Glory. The tower is located about 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Richard Neal, owner of the tower, converted the retired navigation platform into a bed and breakfast several years ago… Thankfully, a flag company has stepped up to donate a new flag to the tower. "Many many thanks for FLAG sponsor https://www.flagandbanner.com/ who is stepping up to help the tower with new flags," Neal wrote.”
Posted on Sept. 14, 2018
American flags mowed down at Hatboro, Pa. cemetery - ABC 6 News
"Dozens of small flags honoring loved ones were mowed down at a cemetery in Hatboro, Pa. It all started with photos that were shared on Facebook by Montco News Feed. The initial poster saying this is how the landscaping crew at the cemetery, quote, "honors our flags and veterans." He termed it "unacceptable," and manager Wayne Sands did not dispute that opinion. "A number of them were shredded like when they get sucked up under a mower deck and spit out. Some were just knocked over," said Sands.”
Posted on Aug 23, 2018
Appleyard: French flag flew over Pensacola — briefly - CBC
"In 1949, a group of 20 men began discussions which soon led to the establishment of the Fiesta of Five Flags, to be a feature for attracting visitors to the community and to supplement the area's beaches. The Fiesta (and then the city's own flags symbol) sustained the French emblem, yet from that date to 2018, little has been made detailing the French presence, and properly so. However, that story deserves at least a brief detailing of why the colors were represented.”
Posted on Aug 20, 2018
Wait-list for Peace Tower flag now exceeds average Canadian lifespan - CBC
"All Mitchell Mader wanted was a meaningful piece of Canadiana when he signed up to receive one of the 250 Canadian flags flown throughout the year atop Parliament Hill's Peace Tower, but it's unlikely he'll live to see the day it arrives. The $150 Peace Tower flag is changed weekdays in Ottawa and once they're used, they are given to Canadian residents who request them. The limit is one flag per person and household. The current waiting time for Peace Tower flags is approximately 99 years, according to the Government of Canada's website. The wait time for flags flown elsewhere in the Parliament complex isn't much better — it's 86 years.”
Posted on Aug 8, 2018
Meet the DOT worker who keeps Brooklyn Bridge flags flying - Spectrum News, New York 1 - Video
"Cesar Pazmino's morning walk is not for the fearful. It's a dizzying, quarter-mile ascent along a narrow steel cable leading to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge 276 feet above the East River. Pazmino is not a daredevil - but a city employee responsible for taking care of the two American flags atop the iconic landmark. "It's beautiful. It's like, when you go underneath those two towers, it's like being in a cathedral," Pazmino said. Pazmino has worked for the city's Transportation Department for 30 years. For 27 of them, he's been taking care of the flags on the bridges. The Brooklyn Bridge is his favorite.”
Posted on Aug 2, 2018
Doppelgänger Flags: Do You Know Which Is Which?- New York Times
"All the countries of the world are different — but some of their flag designs are a little too similar for comfort. On Wednesday, those similarities came to the fore when New Zealand’s acting prime minister renewed calls for Australia to change its flag, saying it “copied” New Zealand’s. Flag confusion can lead to the occasional international faux pas or awkward Olympic ceremony. We’ve created this short quiz to help save you from any future flag embarrassment.”
Posted on July 27, 2018
Monday to bring flag he rescued to Arkansas - Arkansas Online
"Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and the presentation of the American flag by our military comes some good new locally. One of our own, Rick Monday, is coming home to give a talk on the significance of the American flag. Many will remember April 25, 1976, when Monday -- then the center fielder for the Chicago Cubs -- saw two people in Dodger Stadium run onto the field carrying a flag, lighter fluid and a lighter. As they tried to set the flag on fire, Monday swooped in, grabbed the flag and carried it off the field. Monday, a native of Batesville, will bring that flag with him in November when he comes to Arkansas to raise money for the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock.
Posted on July 26, 2018
Confederate Flag License Plates Are Getting More Popular in Tennessee - Time
"The popularity of Confederate flag license plates in Tennessee has hit a 10-year high, according to data from the state’s department of revenue. There were almost 3,300 active Sons of Confederate Veterans plates in Tennessee at the end of June, the Nashville Tennessean reports. While that’s a small number overall — Tennessee has a population of around 6.7 million, and more than 5.6 million passenger license plates in circulation — it represents a 72% increase over the end of fiscal year 2015, the year debates about the Confederate flag broke out in earnest, according to the newspaper.
Posted on July 20, 2018
Vietnam veteran says man burned neighborhood's American flags - Fox 4 (Video)
"One Vietnam veteran woke up to a man burning the neighborhood's American flags in a gas grill. According to deputies, Joel Teltow had just been released from Salus Care before being arrested for the act. "It just meant something very special, regarding our country," said David Kaczmarek, the Vietnam veteran who says he immediately called Lee County Deputies after waking up to red flames outside his window. According to LCSO, Teltow was burning flags he had collected throughout the Bonita Springs neighborhood in a gas grill behind his mother's home..
Posted on July 18, 2018
Kansas officials seek altered US flag's removal from museum - AP News
"Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer and a top GOP rival called Thursday for the University of Kansas to remove an altered U.S. flag from its campus completely rather than showing it in an art museum after complaints prompted an end to its being displayed publicly outside. Colyer and other Republicans saw flying the altered flag as a public art display as disrespectful. He said during a Fox News Radio interview Thursday that the piece should be returned to the artist.
Posted on July 13, 2018
As Trump targets trade, a Chinese factory says it's been hired to make flags for Trump's 2020 campaign - Business Insider
"As the US's trade conflict with China heats up and President Donald Trump's reelection campaign gets underway, a Chinese manufacturer says his factory has been hired to create flags for Trump's 2020 bid. The factory, which used to make red scarves for the communist Young Pioneers before China opened up its trade, now makes about 100,000 international flags a day. "We also make flags for Trump for 2020," Li Jiang told NPR's "The Indicator" podcast. "It seems like he has another campaign going on in 2020. Isn't that right?" NPR said Li was making "blue-and-white Trump 2020 flags," though his factory and many others in the Zhejiang province in eastern China also made flags for Trump and Hillary Clinton during 2016. According to NPR, the Trump campaign was ordering so many more flags than Clinton's side that locals joked they were the first to know the businessman would become president.
Posted on July 5, 2018
Why synagogues started putting American flags in the sanctuary - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
"Jewish tourists from North America are likely to notice one big difference when visiting synagogues around the world. Though a plethora of symbols, such as stars of David and menorahs, may be displayed, national flags are rare inside the sanctuary. Meanwhile, in the United States and Canada, an American or Canadian flag (and sometimes both) are commonly displayed on the bimah, or ritual stage, often alongside an Israeli flag. When did this uniquely North American Jewish custom originate and why? According to historian Gary Zola, you can thank a patriotic wave during World War I and, later, the birth of Israel.
Posted on July 3, 2018
Eugene man celebrates Independence Day through symbolism of flags - KMTR 16 NBC (Video)Friend of FlagandBanner.com
"While most folks celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, one local Eugene man is going above and beyond to display his appreciation for America's freedom. "If you take care of your flags, your flags will take care of you. If you take care of them, they will continue to represent you." His name is Robin Hickman.
Posted on July 2, 2018
Local DAR chapter gives two tactile flags to blind Marine veteran - The Villages Daily Sun
"More than a dozen flags sat in front of the members of the John Bartram Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Friday. Two of them were especially important. On the day after Flag Day, the chapter gave two tactile flags to Rosalie Spada, a legally blind veteran of the U.S. Marines. The Village of Orange Blossom Gardens resident served in the Korean War and pursued a career in nursing after she was honorably discharged. She went to nursing school thanks to the GI Bill but eventually decided to be a teacher.
Posted on June 25, 2018
Woodchucks taking flags from local cemetery - ABC News 10
"Last week residents in Adams, MA were outraged after finding several flags missing from veterans’ graves at Bellevue Cemetery. They spent days trying to figure out who stole them, but now they think they found the culprit, who buried themselves in a big hole. Mark Paquette was watering flowers at Bellevue as he does often, when he couldn’t believe what he saw. "It was just flag poles on the ground broken," Mark said. He found flags missing from all of the veterans’ graves at the bottom of a hill, with poles left in their holders or broken on the ground. "Who would do something like this? And what would they be doing with the flags?" Mark said “I was concerned that it was vandalism.”
Posted on June 18, 2018
FLYING COLOURS World Cup flags – your group-by-group guide to the flag of every team at Russia 2018 - The Sun
" Impress your friends by checking out this handy A to H of national banners. A CHAOS of colour is flooding Russia as fans wave, paint or wrap themselves in flags to support their home side. But can you tell all 32 apart? Get familiar with the competing countries' stars, suns and symbols with our handy group-by-group guide."
Posted on June 15, 2018
A Wisconsin museum displays rare Civil War flag - WISN 12 ABC
"A 157-year-old flag from the Civil War is on display at a Green Bay museum. The flag with a "Great Star" pattern was hand sewn by a Green Bay woman and is on display at the Neville Public Museum, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The flag is part of the "Our Brown County" display. It's believed to have flown for a rally at the beginning of the Civil War and to have been displayed over what was Fort Howard in Wisconsin until about 1865. "It was one of the last flags to fly over Fort Howard," said Lisa Kain, the museum's curator. "It's a rare pattern, significant to that time period so that also makes it so special." The museum acquired the flag in 1934, Kain said. It was recently rediscovered in the museum's archive, which has more than 300,000 physical items."
Posted on June 1, 2018
All NFL Players 'Shall Stand And Show Respect' For Flag And Anthem, League Says - NPR
" Unveiling a new policy after months of controversy and debate over players taking a knee or otherwise making statements during the national anthem, the NFL says all of its athletes and staff "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" if they're on the field. "Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed," the league said in its new policy. The possibility that the NFL might issue a blanket restriction on protests during the anthem has been discussed for months, and the buzz gained new momentum this week."
Posted on May 24, 2018
Gas station chain denies it stopped flying U.S. flag because it offended foreigners- The State
"Two weeks ago, a man who described himself as a trucker posted a video saying that he was done with a national chain of gas stations because one location in Texas was not flying the American flag. He said he asked an employee why there was no flag and was told it caused "foreigners come in here complaining, and they didn't want to lose the foreigners business." That explanation did not sit well with Dave Moore, and he shared his thoughts on the incident. His Facebook post went viral and the video was viewed more than a million times before it was removed from his page."
Posted on May 23, 2018
Jets fans say they weren't allowed to bring Canadian flag, Jets garb into Las Vegas arena- CBC.ca
"A Winnipeg Jets fan says she was forced to discard a Canadian flag in a waste receptacle after T-Mobile Arena would not allow it inside the venue. Lori Black said her Canadian flag wound up in the trash after security informed her she could not carry it into the arena on Friday, where the Jets played the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Black said she was given two choices: "Throw it out or take it back to my hotel," she said via Facebook Messenger."
Posted on May 22, 2018
A small Maine town wants its own flag - Bangor Daily News
"The Bristol selectmen on May 2 reviewed a draft design of a town flag, created by vexillologist Dave Martucci. According to Town Administrator Chris Hall, Lincoln Academy students have requested town flags to hang at the school. Bristol does not have a town flag. Hall contacted Martucci, who lives in Washington and has been involved in vexillology since 1966, to draft a flag design. Vexillology is the study of flags. The design includes diagonal sections or “gyrons” alternating between blue and white. This represents the light from the Pemaquid Point lighthouse, which “guides navigators, much as the people of Bristol guide their town into the future,” Martucci said in an email to Hall."
Posted on May 15, 2018
5,000 Israeli flags inscribed by well-wishers across world - Israel21c
"In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, 5,000 Israeli flags signed by 200,000 well-wishers from across the world will be placed in a time capsule at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill historic site to be opened in 2048 on Israel’s centenary. At least 200 of the blue-and-white banners will hang from poles in the center’s main hall for several months starting on Jerusalem Day (May 13 this year) before joining the others in the capsule. They’ll be preserved in special envelopes and catalogued so signers can find their flags easily in 30 years’ time."
Posted on May 11, 2018
Iranian Lawmakers Burn U.S. Flag, Question Trump’s ‘Mental Capacity’ After Nuclear Deal Pullout - New York Magazine
"Iranian lawmakers did not take kindly to President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. is walking away from the Iran nuclear deal, chanting “Death to America” and torching a paper American flag on the floor of Parliament in Tehran Wednesday. While the burning of Old Glory isn’t rare in Iran, this was the “first time political observers could remember anything being burned inside the parliament itself,” the AP reports."
Posted on May 10, 2018
Statewide collection underway for worn American Flags to be properly disposed - News 10
"The New York State Office of General Services is collecting worn and tattered American flags at locations across the state so they can be properly retired. The collected flags will be disposed of as part of the Memorial Watchfire hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 103, on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. "American flags should be retired with respect and honor and this collection program provides New Yorkers with a simple way to accomplish this," Governor Andrew Cuomo said."
Posted on May 8, 2018
A flag demonstration is getting attention at a Mercer County school - WYTV 33 (video)
"There are two sides to a flag demonstration that took place Thursday at Lakeview High School in Mercer County. Students put American flags on their cars before school. One student claims he was told to remove a Confederate and an American flag from his vehicle on Monday. The demonstration Thursday was arranged to show support for the country. District Superintendent Dr. Hendley Hoge said the student was asked to remove a Confederate flag because it could be viewed as racially insensitive. Hoge said the student willingly took it down."
Posted on May 4, 2018
Reno City Council chooses new official flag - KOLO 8 (video)
" Community input via the Reno Flag Project has led to the Reno City Council to choose a design for a new official municipal flag. Pending specifications, the design by Reno resident Tucker Stosic was chosen, with a star from the Reno Arch, the golden yellow depicting the high desert, a blue stripe representing the Truckee River under the Sierra Nevada, a semi-circle below for the Silver State."
Posted on April 26, 2018
Operation Fallen Flags unveils Glory Truck, new program to replace old flags in Rockford - RRSTAR.com (video)
"A first-of-its-kind program will send local veterans around Rockford to replace old or tattered American flags at no cost. Operation Fallen Flags kicked off Saturday with the unveiling of a tool that will keep flags from falling out of reach of replacement. It’s called the Flagship 1 Glory Truck, a 1989 GMC bucket truck that’s been completely restored and decorated with stars and stripes. An olive-green parachute, like the ones used to drop packages into deployment zones, covered the Glory Truck as it sat on the sidewalk in front of Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, 211 N. Main Street, before it was unveiled. Veterans and the families of those currently deployed cheered as the parachute was lifted and a flag attached to the bottom of the truck’s bucket was raised high above the crowd."
Posted on April 25, 2018
American flags cover bridge over Interstate 680 in Boardman - WKBN 27(video)
"Another bridge in the Mahoning Valley was covered with American Flags on Sunday. Around 120 flags were put on the Western Reserve bridge over Interstate 680. The Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission wants the flags to welcome people to the area and let them know that we support our veterans here. They're also committed to making these flags a Valley mainstay. "This is our third bridge, and the flags were bought and paid for by the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission in support of veterans," said Susan Krawchyk of the commission."
Posted on April 23, 2018
Jacksonville man can keep flying military flags after he's issued warning - Action News Jax CBS 47 (video)
"A Jacksonville city worker has been placed on leave after she allegedly told a veteran his service to the United States didn't matter while giving a business a warning for flying military flags. The story quickly went viral and many people have come out in support of the veteran and Jaguar Power Sports."
Posted on April 17, 2018
Iran Caught in Global Cyber Attack That Left US Flag on Screens - VOA News
"Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries, including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections,” the Iranian IT ministry said Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA."
Posted on April 9, 2018
The 10 worst flags in the world - Stuff
"Flags may look simple, but the art behind them is surprisingly complex. First, they need to reflect a nation's identity. Second, they need to convey that identity in a clear, memorable and aesthetically pleasing manner. That's a tall order when you're dealing with a small rectangle and two to four colours (unless you're South Sudan). Some nations rise to the task beautifully (Canada, Wales, Japan). Others fall short. Others – specifically those listed below – fall so far short that they're underground. "
Posted on April 6, 2018
Blue Lights and Flags Honor Victims of Child Abuse in Pennsylvania - WNEP 16 News
"The state capitol building in Harrisburg is lit up and surrounded by blue, in honor of innocent children. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Saturday, volunteers and members of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance planted 4,416 flags around the capitol complex. The flags stand in honor of the children who are abused in the commonwealth in one year. The group also planted 46-black flags to honor the number of children killed by abuse. Event organizers hope this gives people a visual understanding of how important the issue is in Pennsylvania and that it prompts every person to step up and help. "I would just like to have families in Pennsylvania recognize that there is support and alternatives to the stressful moments when we may break as a parent, and that there are support mechanisms in place to help prevent the abuse that are children are facing," said volunteer Maureen Fairbanks."
Posted on April 3, 2018
"Flags Across America" celebrates the flag as seen through the eyes of Americans - New Day Northwest / K5 News
"The American flag is an iconic symbol and evokes strong of emotions for many citizens of the United States. The new book called Flags Across America celebrates the flag through the eyes of everyday people all across the country. From athletes to artists, from the heartland to outer space, the book shares their stories and dreams. Local co-authors, Karen Robbins and Dale Baskin join New Day Northwest to discuss their new book."
Posted on March 28, 2018
The Thin Line Between the Public and Danger, FlagandBanner.com offers Thin Line Flags to honor those who serve the public - FlagandBanner.com Press Release
"In the 1950s LAPD Chief Bill Parker coined the term “thin blue line” as the barrier between law and order and social and civil anarchy. By the early 1970s, the term had spread to police departments across the U.S. Use of the term became especially widespread following the release of Errol Morris' 1988 documentary film The Thin Blue Line. Recently other service branches have adopted Thin Lines in varying colors. Firefighters have adopted a red line, EMTs, a white one. “We have carried the thin blue and thin red line flags at FlagandBanner.com for many years,” says Kerry McCoy, President of FlagandBanner.com. “We have recently added to our Thin Line Flag collection for those who want to show support for those who protect and serve the public at great mental and physical cost.” The complete list of Thin Line Flags from FlagandBanner.com: …"
Posted on March 22, 2018
Mesmerizing, Or A Hot Mess? Why Maryland’s State Flag Looks So…Distinct - WAMU/American University Radio
"…Whether you’re a Maryland flag lover or hater, the red, white, black, and gold pattern is hard to forget. But the history behind it is less well-known. The story of the Maryland state flag started about 400 years ago, and it’s one that fascinates historians, vexillologists (flag experts), design buffs, and regular citizens alike. Maryland’s flag is comprised of four distinct quadrants. In the first and fourth, black and gold (yes, it’s gold, not yellow) stripes alternate, and a diagonal stripe of opposite colors cuts down the middle. This design comes from the coat of arms of George Calvert, also known as the first Lord Baltimore. In the early 1630s, Calvert dreamed up the idea for a Maryland colony, and successfully petitioned the King for a charter. But he died five weeks before the charter was finalized, and left the task of starting the colony to his son, Cecil. Cecil, the second Lord Baltimore, had a slightly more complicated coat of arms than his father. It alternated his father’s black and gold striped pattern, with the red and white checkered cross pattern from the coat of arms of his mother’s family, the Crosslands, much like the Maryland flag does today."
Posted on March 14, 2018
Bolivians unfurl massive flag in support for sea access claim - Laramie Boomerang
"Bolivia unfurled a nearly 200-km long (124 miles) bright blue flag on Saturday in a show of support for the landlocked country’s bid to regain sovereign access to the sea. Tens of thousands of Bolivians held the so-called“flag of maritime revindication,” which stretched like a long ribbon along a highway in the Andes between the towns Oruro and Apacheta, on the outskirts of La Paz. The display of patriotism aims to cheer on Bolivia’s legal team ahead of oral arguments it will deliver at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the country’s claim to sovereign access to Chile’s Pacific coast. Bolivia lost its access to the Pacific Ocean in a late 19th century war with Chile, but maintains a navy and wants a corridor to the sea to boost its exports of natural gas and minerals. “We’ll show the International Court of Justice and all people on the planet that our cause is just, reasonable and sound,” President Evo Morales said after flying over the flag in a helicopter."
Posted on March 13, 2018
‘People still love America’: Flag cruises show support for military, first responders - Laramie Boomerang
"A 2005 Dodge Ram comes roaring past, catching the attention of the pedestrians and other drivers in its vicinity. A pickup is not an unusual sight in the rural state of Wyoming, but the large American, Prisoner of War and state flags rippling proudly over the truck bed are. Behind the wheel is Jaren Long, a Wyoming Army National Guardsman who said he wants to show his support for the military, law enforcement and first responders. “Growing up, everything was so patriotic, you know, and I feel like we’re living in a world now where patriotism is shown to kids as a bad thing in a lot of circumstances,” he said. “And I just kind of want the community to see people still love America.” A “flag cruise” involves driving through town with flags affixed to one’s vehicle. For some, this means 4-by-6-inch red, white and blue flags attached to a sedan. For Long and many other flag-cruisers, it means full-size flags of all varieties waving from sturdy poles mounted in the bed of a pickup. Long said his flags show support for veterans, police, firefighters and paramedics. His group, Laramie Flag Cruises, however, would welcome cruisers with most kinds of flags, whether they fly the Gadsden flag known for its rattlesnake and ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ slogan, the rainbow gay pride flag, or a flag supporting any number of political causes."
Posted on March 9, 2018
Oscars 2018: Here's why stars are wearing orange American flag pins on the red carpet - USA Today
Awards show red carpets have become a place for celebrities to express their support for timely initiatives. At Sunday's Oscar Awards, we're seeing a new addition: Orange American flag pins. Stars will don the accessory from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety in support of gun violence prevention after the Florida school shooting. "Tonight, actors and allies will #WearOrange pins and ribbons on the #Oscars red carpet to bring awareness to gun violence prevention in the wake of the Parkland school shooting," the organization confirmed via Twitter Sunday. The shooting, which occurred on Feb. 14, killed 17 students and staff and injured 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Lin-Manuel Miranda was one of the stars wearing the orange pin.
Posted on March 5, 2018
An American flag was destroyed and replaced with an ISIS flag at a Utah high school - The Washington Post
As territory for the Islamic State shrinks to ribbons around the Euphrates River in Syria, the militant group has repositioned itself in western Africa, Yemen and southwestern Utah. Wait, back up. Where? Officers in Hurricane, Utah, said Thursday that an American flag was ripped from a flagpole, desecrated, slashed and replaced with something resembling the notorious black ISIS banner. Authorities also discovered a truncated message scrawled on a wall: “ISIS IS COMI.” Police said that they referred the criminal act to the FBI, which concluded the incident was probably not connected to anyone in the terrorist group. Classes at Hurricane High School were held as scheduled Thursday and are expected to continue Friday, with police in the St. George suburb saying they are confident there is no danger to students or teachers.”
Posted on March 1, 2018
Local Group Displays Thousands Of Flags For Victims Of Gun Deaths - Indiana Public Media
“In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, a group of local activists is bringing attention to gun violence by displaying thousands of flags only half a mile away from Jasper High School. One Dubois-County is an action-oriented community group. Members setup 2,400 white flags this week to represent gun deaths since 2014. Each flag represents 25 people who died from a gunshot, not including suicides, gang or domestic violence. There are another 695 orange flags forming a heart in the middle of the display. They represent victims killed in mass shootings since Columbine, and include the victims’ names and ages. The group describes a mass shooting as an incident where more than four people die, not including the shooter. Nancy Habig is a member of One Dubois-County. She says the group displayed the flags in her yard because it was close to the high school. She says after being on the school board for 32 years, she supports stricter gun laws. “I just want to stress that we not get too riled up with – or too caught up – in trying to prove each other’s statistics and argue about that,” she says. “It’s more about too many people dying. Too many kids dying.”
Posted on February 27, 2018
Woman Assumes Olympics Fan Is Flying a Confederate Flag. It Was Norwegian. - Time
"A news tip earlier this week that reported a Confederate flag flying beneath an American flag in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington was discovered to be a mistake — because the red and blue-striped flag was actually a Norwegian flag. The Seattle Times received the following tip from New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Morris after she believed that she saw a Confederate flag flying in her neighborhood: "Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you." However, a more thorough examination revealed that it was actually a Norwegian flag was flying at the house of Darold Norman Strangeland,…”
Posted on February 23, 2018
Editorial: Black Lives Matter flags banners of hope - Burlington Free Press
"The raising of the Black Lives Matter flag at Burlington High School on Monday should serve as a banner of hope in a time when our society seems so divided over race. The BLM flag should be seen as a call to recognize the everyday racism, big and small, faced by people of color in the community, and as a call to have the honest discussion about race that needs happen throughout the state. Those who shout back, “all lives matter” in response to the Black Lives Matter banner deny the very real racism that is the daily reality of many black and other people of color, even in Vermont. Those who smear Black Lives Matter as a movement of racists and terrorists are merely reflecting their own hate triggered by having to confront their privilege. The Black Lives Matter has never been about placing black lives above all others. Violence against police has never been a part of the mainstream movement. Stray calls to “kill cops” recorded at a few massive rallies hardly represent the vast majority who seek justice and an end to racial violence. The Black Lives Matter movement is a plea in the face of evidence that the dominant culture in this country continues to devalue the lives of black people.”
Posted on February 21, 2018
Shaun White apologizes for letting American flag drag on the ground after winning gold - The Washington Post
"Shaun White apologized Wednesday for letting an American flag drag on the ground in the aftermath of his dramatic victory in the snowboard halfpipe. White authored what will undoubtedly go down as one of the most indelible sequences of the PyeongChang Olympics Wednesday, winning his third Olympic gold medal with a masterful final run and immediately launching into a highly emotional celebration. However, that happy moment was marred for more than a few viewers because of the way the 31-year-old handled the flag. At a news conference in PyeongChang Wednesday afternoon, the four-time Olympian said he wasn’t aware he’d let the flag touch the ground. “I remember being handed the flag. I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and the board,” he said. “Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect. The flag that’s flying on my house right now is way up there. Sorry for that. But I’m definitely proud — very proud — to be a part of Team USA and being an American and to be representing for everyone back home.”
Posted on February 15, 2018
Mike Ashley bans Newcastle flags display v Manchester United? – 100% predictable - The Mag
"Sunday morning has seen the Newcastle fans behind the Flags displays reveal that there won’t be anything on show at the Manchester United match today. The ‘Wor Hyem’ fans group have used their Twitter account to inform everybody that due to ‘restrictions’ they are ‘unable to put on a display today’. When the excellent flags banner was revealed before the Burnley match, using the Kevin Keegan quote about Mike Ashley (see below), most supporters assumed that this would mean the end of the flag displays. However, local media then claimed that Mike Ashley wasn’t going to ban them, only now for this mornings news to appear to contradict that.. Reading between the lines, the fan group are being very diplomatic in what they are saying, so maybe safe to assume that this is maybe a yellow card rather than a red issued by the Fat Controller. Today’s match against Manchester United is arguably the biggest of the season and very likely to have the largest worldwide TV audience of the season as well. So Mike Ashley wanting to avoid any chance of him being so publicly embarrassed, with possibly flags returning (with restrictions….????) for the non-televised lower profile home game with Southampton on 10 March?"
Posted on February 13, 2018
Lisbon plans Founder’s Day pancake - Morning Journal News
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"Lisbon’s 11th annual Founder’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the Methodist Church. The breakfast will run from 8-11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. The Founder’s Day event will celebrate the birthday of Lisbon, which is Feb. 16, 1803. This year’s event will celebrate the Lisbon flag with two flags of Lisbon being presented later at village hall. Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward paying for the flags, which were a part of a similar anniversary celebration more than 100 years ago. According to The Ohio Patriot — a newspaper from Sept. 12, 1913 and provided by Stevie Halverstadt — Lisbon celebrated Lisbon’s Old Home Week with the adoption of a new flag. Held as a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of the town, it reportedly was an event attended by hundreds. Several local dignitaries spoke at the event about the history of the village. During the ceremony, the Lisbon Business Association presented the flag during the two-day celebration. Halverstadt notes Lisbon’s flag was initially the same as the town’s namesake in Portugal. However, in 1913 both Lisbon, Portugal, and Lisbon, Ohio, updated their flags. Halverstadt said the new colors of the flag were blue and white. However, the Lisbon, Ohio, blue was modified to a royal blue from navy blue. According to Halverstadt this was done “so they didn’t show political party partiality.” "
Posted on February 8, 2018
American Flag That Flew Over Groton Flown To Olympics With Skeleton Crew - Caledonian Record
"An American flag that briefly flew over the Groton Fire Department last fall made its way this week to the site of the Olympic games, contested later this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The flag was one of four sent throughout the country as part of the Team USA Bobsled and Skeleton American Flag First Responders Relay. It is a project created by Matthew Troy, a filmmaker serving as the videographer for the bobsled and skeleton teams, based in Lake Placid, N.Y. The idea for the project came to Troy last summer, when he was with the Olympic athletes for a “flag etiquette” presentation given by one of the athletes (and member of the US Military). “Attending that presentation reminded me of my time with the National Honor Guard Academy, and the pride that came with learning how to properly handle and display a symbol of unity and pride in our nation,” Troy stated. “That’s where the idea of this project came up, because I thought that if I am filled with such pride and patriotic sentiment in being a volunteer for the team, maybe relaying a few flags across the United States would be a way to capture the spirit of first responders that we could somehow pass to the Team.” He likened the relay aspect of the flags going from state to state with the relay of the Olympic torch. "
Posted on February 6, 2018
Business owners concerned rules over fluttering flags could mean fluttering business - WINK News
"Fluttering, feather flags, pennants and other signs are a common sight along the US-41 business corridor in Charlotte County. For business owners like Tonya Marx, the additional signage is a tool to get people through the door. “Before we ever had those signs, nobody even knew we were here,” Marx said, “Now that we have the signs up, we get people stopping here and I’m like ‘how did you find out about us?’ and they say from the signs out front.” But soon you’ll see fewer of these signs in Charlotte County. Starting April 1, signs can only go on display for 90 days a year, broken into two 45-day periods and business owners have to get a permit each time. Charlotte county zoning official Shaun Cullinan said, “We were starting to get a lot of complaints … that it was starting to look kind of dumpy, trashy. People felt that it was too much. … we felt it was time to improve the aesthetics of our commercial corridor.” But business owners say the new rules will hurt their bottom line."
Posted on February 2, 2018
First World War-era hospital flags to “fly again” thanks to generous donation - North Norfolk News
"They once marked the location of two temporary First World War hospitals in North Walsham where the Red Cross nursed injured troops. Today the white and red pennants have turned grey with age, and languish in the parish church where they have been stored for years. But a joint initiative between the vicar and the Friends of North Walsham War Memorial Hospital is providing replicas to remind people of the town’s nursing heritage. And it has been made possible by a donation from a well-known local shopkeeper and musician with connections to both organisations. A collection in memory of musician Denis Payne, who died in November 2016 aged 86, is being used to provide two £300 replicas for the church where he used to play keyboards at funerals, and where he gave visitors tours of its history. And the Friends group is buying one to put in the hospital which cared for Mr Payne, who ran the family sweet shop in town for many years, when he was ill in later life. The church flags will go in the war memorial chapel which honours 99 men who served their country but did not return home."
Posted on January 31, 2018
Daily Mail apologises to Nicola Sturgeon over flag story - BBC News
"The Scottish Daily Mail has published an apology to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over its story about flying the Union flag. It had reported that Ms Sturgeon "decreed" that the flag should not be flown over dozens of public buildings to mark royal events. The Mail said it was "happy" to clarify that the decision was taken by former First Minister Alex Salmond in 2010. Ms Sturgeon said the original story was "utterly false". In its clarifications and corrections section, the Mail said: "We are happy to clarify that the decision to change the policy on flag flying was taken and implemented by former First Minister Alex Salmond in 2010. "The Protocol and Honours Team updated operational guidance in December 2017. "We accept that the policy did not change under Nicola Sturgeon and that she had no involvement in the Protocol and Honours Team updating the operational guidance on flag flying for 2018."
Posted on January 26, 2018
Oklahoma School for the Blind receives Braille American flags - The Norman Transcript
"Raised stars and stripes can help Oklahoma School for the Blind students gain a better understanding of the American flag, officials said. WoodmenLife, a fraternal insurance carrier, presented 20 tactile Braille American flags, plus a framed Braille flag, to OSB history students Tuesday. Fraternal Coordinator Billie Floyd said the company is helping the Braille flag's creator, Randolph Cabral, reach his goal of placing a flag in each school for the visually impaired in the United States. OSB is the first school to get such flags, Floyd said. "WoodmenLife has distributed more than 3 million (regular) American flags," Floyd said. "We started the patriotic program in 1947... We're adding on to our patriotic program with the Braille flags. OSB Principal Lynn Cragg accepted the donation. "It's an honor that visually impaired students, who maybe are Braille users, can access the flag and understand how it is set out," Cragg said. OSB student John Duong, 15, said he plans to put his flag in his room. "It means freedom and peace for me," Duong said. "
Posted on January 25, 2018
Why won't Team USA dip its flag at Olympic opening ceremonies? - PRI
"It's an Olympic tradition: As teams from around the world parade in a grand opening ceremony, they briefly lower their flags in a show of respect as they pass the host nation's officials. But at the Rio 2016 opening ceremony, you'll notice that Team USA won't lower their flag. Indeed, the United States has a long tradition of ignoring this gesture. Legend says it all started in 1908, when flag bearer Ralph Rose, an Irish American shot putter, refused to dip the US flag at the London Olympics. "The suspicion is that because the Irish team then had to compete under the Union Jack, he refused to dip the flag to the Union Jack and to British officials, in protest," says Edgar B. Herwick III, who runs the Curiosity Desk at WGBH. For a while after that, US flag protocol at the Olympics was a hodgepodge. "We dipped it in Sweden in 1912. We didn’t dip in Belgium in 1920. We dipped again in Paris in 1924," says Herwick. It became a solid tradition for the United States to not dip the flag in 1936. Then, both the Summer and Winter Olympics were in Germany. Hitler’s Germany."
Posted on January 22, 2018
North, South Korea agree to march under ‘unification flag’ at Olympic opening ceremony - TheStar.com
"The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require approval from the International Olympic Committee. But they are the most prominent steps toward rapprochement achieved by the Koreas since they recently began exploring co-operation during the Olympics following a year of heightened tension over the North’s nuclear weapons program. During their third day of talks at the border in about a week, senior officials reached a package of agreements including fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team and marching together under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said."
Posted on January 18, 2018
Mississippi could become the first US state to have 2 official flags because of a dispute over the Confederacy - Business Insider
"A Mississippi lawmaker is proposing a solution that he hopes will finally bring an end to one of the state's most divisive issues, The Wall Street Journal reported. Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Greg Snowden filed a bill that would allow two flag designs to officially represent the state. If the measure passes, Mississippi would be the only US state with two flags. Mississippi's current flag, which features the symbol for the Confederacy, would be left untouched. A proposed second flag would bring back an old design used on the state's official flag from 1861 until the end of the Civil War in 1865. That design features a magnolia tree in the center of the flag and a white star against a blue background in the top-left corner, replacing the controversial Confederate emblem currently in its place."
Posted on January 15, 2018
Curious Texas: Why can Texas fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag? - Dallas News
"Jerry Hilton from Arlington asks: Is Texas the only state that can fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag? Also what is the height of the Capitol? Texans are special for a lot of reasons, but this isn't one of them. As the oft-repeated story goes, because Texas was once an independent nation, it is the only state that can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. The story isn't exactly right. All states can fly their flags at the same height as the U.S. flag, with some stipulations. The U.S. Flag Code is a set of guidelines that recommend how to display the flag. Although there is no penalty for breaking the code, it stipulates that no other flag may be placed in "superior prominence" to the U.S. flag. For example, if multiple flags share the same pole, the U.S. flag must fly at the peak."
Posted on January 11, 2018
New resting place available for flags that have served their time - Morning Journal
"Whether flown over the graves of veterans until faded, frayed from months of flapping outside halls of justice or worn from being trundled up and down the flagpole in a working family’s front yard each morning and night, American flags that have served their time can be disposed of with dignity, thanks to a local veterans’ group. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1064 of East Liverpool provides special flag boxes in several locations for those whose American flags need replaced, and one of those boxes has now been relocated for better access to the public. According to members Ray Talbott and Bill Ash, the box which had sat in the entryway of the local Elks Lodge for some time was moved onto the sidewalk when the Elks enclosed the entry. "
Posted on January 10, 2018
Flag & Banner ringing in 2018 with new shiny, golden tradition - THV 11
"A large, metallic gold flag flies high above the headquarters of Flag and Banner to ring in the new year. It was the idea of Flag and Banner founder, Kerry McCoy, after seeing similar flags in New York on a recent trip. “I went to Rockefeller Center in New York last month and was in awe of the shimmering, gold flags that were flying on their flag poles,” said McCoy. “It’s hard to describe the effect. The cloth is very lightweight, which means the flags really move in the wind, and the gold color is almost luminescent.” So, she came home and had one made for Flag and Banner. Constructed of an extremely lightweight lamé material with a metallic gold thread, the flag is a show stopper. She has been getting numerous calls a day since the flag went up asking about its significance and how to order one. McCoy’s hope is that a new tradition will begin where each January of every new year gold flags will fly as a symbol of hope."
Posted on January 8, 2018
PATRIOTIC HONOR PROMPTS BIG RESPONSE - Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press
" A spontaneous, final honor for a veteran who had died has sparked widespread praise and prompted Post Falls residents to donate flags and money so the act can be repeated for other veterans who die in the city, outside a medical facility. When Post Falls Police Department personnel were investigating the death by natural causes of Bill McRory, 70, on Thursday, Detective Neil Uhrig used his own money to have officers purchase an American flag to honor the veteran with respect, Chief Scot Haug said. “When the funeral home arrived, our officers and detectives covered the veteran with the flag as he was transferred to the funeral home vehicle," Haug wrote in an online comment. "We had not done this before, but after listening to the impact this had on the officers and the family, we are considering it for all future death investigations involving veterans.” The gesture that Haug highlighted also had an impact on community members who responded over the weekend by dropping off flags and monetary donations to buy them for similar future cases. Mia McRory, a daughter of Bill’s, said her family was extremely thankful for the gesture. Bill served in the Navy from 1965 to 1971 during the Vietnam War. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, watching football, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his children and grandchildren."
Posted on January 4, 2018
EU flags appear in 'peaceful protest' against Brexit in Worcestershire - Worcester News
" EUROPEAN Union flags have appeared across Worcestershire as part of a 'peaceful protest' against Brexit. Activists have targeted landmarks around Malvern and also planted smaller flags on Worcester's Whittington roundabout. Worcestershire County Council has pledged to remove the signs on the roundabout as soon as possible. The EU Flag Mafia has claimed responsibility for draping the flags over Malvern's Elgar statue and the Malvern Link railway station footbridge. A spokesman for the group said: "Our official stance is that the EU is not perfect, but Brexit is not the answer. "Hanging flags is peaceful protest, cheeky British humour with a serious message." It is not yet clear who planted the mini-EU flags on Whittington roundabout. Steven Mather, a spokesman for Worcestershire for Europe, said: "We are not aware that the EU flags were planted by any of our members, so we assume it was a member of the public."
Posted on January 3, 2018
The 50-Star American Flag Began as a High School Project—and It Only Got a B - Reader’s Digest
"After learning about Betsy Ross, you probably didn’t give much thought to how the subsequent U.S flags were designed. It might seem like a no-brainer; flagmakers just added a new star for every new state, right? Well, turns out it’s not that simple. Each new flag has a very careful design, and the arrangement of the stars must be precise and symmetrical. And for the flag we know today, that arrangement was designed by a high schooler—before Alaska and Hawaii were even states. In 2009, the designer, Bob Heft, told his tale to StoryCorps. It was 1958, and America only contained 48 United States. The flag at that time featured six rows of eight stars. Heft’s history teacher assigned a class project where each student had to bring in something they made. Having been “inspired by the Betsy Ross story,” and hearing rumblings that Alaska and Hawaii could both soon gain statehood, Heft decided to make a 50-star flag. So he made some adjustments to his parents’ 48-star flag, brought it in, and triumphantly placed it on his teacher’s desk."
Posted on January 1, 2018
Southern Miss professor starts flag collection: 'Statement of quiet support' - Hattiesburg American
" Russ Willis has always been interested in foreign countries and international travel. As a kid, the University of Southern Mississippi assistant teaching professor would look up foreign countries in the encyclopedia to find out about the languages spoken there and what the customs were like. Now, as a teacher in the Department of Management and International Business, he meets foreign students and always has questions for them. "How do they like it here? How did they get here?" Willis said. "Have they gotten acclimated? Have they met friends? "I want to be sure I'm reaching out to them so they're having a good experience." In his six years of teaching, Willis estimates he has had 50-60 international students in his classes. "One of the great, rewarding experiences for me is I get to teach students from all over the world," he said. "It speaks highly of our programs at USM that we are attracting international students."
Posted on December 28, 2017
A Year Later, New City Flag Project Still Bubbling Behind the Scenes - Free Times
" In January 2017, talks began circulating about creating a new flag for the City of Columbia. However, nearly a year later, the old light blue flag garnished with corn and cotton still flies above City Hall. But that might not be the case for too much longer. City officials say the flag issue is still brewing behind the scenes. At-large City Councilman Howard Duvall, who has been working on the new flag project since talks got started nearly a year ago, says he plans on encouraging Council to finish the process in early 2018. “It’s on my to-do list for the new year,” Duvall told Free Times. “I feel like we are going to [have a new flag]."
Posted on December 27, 2017
Shelters put out white flags with cold temperatures - Tristatehomepage.com
"Tuesday night is going to be a cold on in the Tri-State. And for some people, that can be dangerous and even deadly. If you or someone you know is homeless, there are emergency options. Shelters call these nights "white flag events." Shelters will fly a white flag outside for people needing a haven from the weather. In Evansville, there's the Rescue Mission on Walnut St. and the United Caring Shelter downtown. Owensboro has the Daniel Pitino Shelter and St. Benedict's Homeless Shelter."
Posted on December 26, 2017
Statesville leaders leave American flag size standards in place - Statesville Record & Landmark
"A tennis-court-sized American flag still won’t fly over Camping World’s dealership south of Exit 49 on Interstate 77 after a divided city council voted Monday to leave Statesville’s flag regulations unchanged. It was the second time Camping World was blocked from having any chance to legally install a 40-by-80-foot flag on the grounds of its dealership at 1220 Morland Drive. The city denied a request by Camping World in August 2015 to fly an oversized flag there. The flag issue was run up the pole again on Dec. 4 when Councilman John Staford asked city staff members to explore ways to exempt Old Glory from Statesville’s 8-by-12-foot size limits for flags flown at businesses. The renewed flag flap began in June when Marcus Lemonis, CEO of the Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Camping World, called out Statesville to his 1.3 million Twitter followers as one of a dozen cities nationwide that wouldn’t allow oversized American flags at the company’s dealerships. Camping World began installing the flags in 2014."
Posted on December 21, 2017
Korean battle flags tied to Kim Jong Un ancestor unearthed at US Naval Academy - Fox News
"Korean battle flags purportedly connected to Kim Ung-u, a direct ancestor of Kim Jong Un, were found this month at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) said Friday. Workers had been opening display cases for the first time since 1920 to remove British flags, according to the institute in Annapolis, Maryland. “Staff from the Naval Academy Museum found several dozen flags hidden behind the framework including the Korean standards that are still vivid.” It's likely the flags were kept behind other items on display because there just wasn't enough space to show them all, officials said. The USNI said the USS General Sherman, a merchant ship, went to Pyongyang in 1866 to try opening the country to trade - but Koreans, believing the ship’s purpose was to loot temples, murdered the crew and set the ship ablaze."
Posted on December 20, 2017
'This Shasta County group participates in Flag and Flower Challenge - KRCR News 7
"A group from Shasta County took on the Preston Sharp Flag and Flower Challenge Monday, placing flags and flowers on the graves of veterans at the Millville Cemetery. Preston Sharp created the challenge after he organized a goal of placing more than 17,500 flags and flowers at cemeteries across Northern California. Sharp began placing a flag and a flower on the graves of veterans in 2015 at the age of ten, creating a lot of buzz in the Northstate and across the country. United Shasta decided to take on the challenge and placed 70-100 flags and flowers to honor the veterans and said a few words to the fallen. United Shasta member, Robert Balke, set up the gathering with the help of Shasta County Supervisor for District 5, Les Baugh. "We've honored some of the veterans out here at the Millville Cemetery. We actually ran out of flags and flowers so we will be back," said Balke. Balke said he wants to keep the challenge going so he's challenging more people to participate."
Posted on December 19, 2017
'This gift represents our country': Flags flown at U.S. Capitol arrive in Killeen - Killeen Daily Herald
" Reaching out from the corridors of the U.S. Congress, a Central Texas congressman delivered a pair of special flags to two new schools in the Killeen Independent School District on Friday. First at Roy J. Smith Middle School and then at Alice W. Douse Elementary School, both in Killeen, field representative Don Nicholas of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams’ office made delivery of folded, cased flags to the schools. The flags each flew over the U.S. Capitol building on Sept. 11. An official certificate verified the flags’ authenticity. In brief ceremonies at each school, KISD Superintendent John Craft greeted Nicholas and told students and staff that Williams is a good friend of the school district and the community. His support of federal Impact Aid and other programs directly benefits the public school system, Craft said. At Smith, he told students that such aid is critical for starting programs like the Middle School STEM Academy located at the new Smith Middle School."
Posted on December 18, 2017
Flags of 3 First Nations permanently installed at Vancouver City Hall - CBCNews | British Columbia
" Vancouver City Council has installed the flags of three First Nations in recognition of Vancouver's traditional Indigenous territories. The flags will be permanent fixtures at City Hall's council chambers. On Wednesday, the city raised the flags of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Representatives from each nation were present along with Mayor Gregor Robertson. Robertson said the gesture was meant to "to permanently acknowledge Vancouver's location on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh unceded homelands."
Posted on December 15, 2017
NO PLACE FOR ANTISEMITISM IN GERMANY, MINISTER SAYS AFTER ISRAELI FLAGS BURNED- The Jerusalem Post
"German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said there was no place for anti-Semitism in Germany after demonstrators angered by US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel burned Israeli flags in Berlin. On Sunday, about 2,500 people demonstrated in Berlin against Trump's decision and one Israeli flag was burned, police said, adding that investigations into 11 people had been launched, with one of those related to the flag burning. On Friday, hundreds of people gathered outside the US embassy in the German capital for "Day of Rage" protests. Police said later on Twitter that they had detained 10 people during the protest and that 12 criminal charges had been brought - including for burning Israeli flags. Maas told Bild newspaper's Monday edition: "Any kind of antisemitism is an attack on everyone. Antisemitism must never be allowed to have a place (in society) again."
Posted on December 14, 2017
Ohio moves to stop bans on 'Thin Blue Line' flags- PoliceOne.com
" As a way to pay tribute to his fellow officers, retired Columbus Police Sgt. Daniel Guthrie flew the Thin Blue Line flag at his New Albany condominium. The flag, however, violated the rules of his condo association, Rocky Ridge Condominium Complex, so he was forced to take it down. In an effort to ensure that won't happen again, Reps. Anne Gonzales, R-Westerville, and Tim Ginter, R-Salem, came up with a bill that would prevent landlords, mobile-home parks, condo associations and the like from restricting the display of Thin Blue Line flags. The flag, known to some as a Blue Lives Matter flag, is a black and white version of the stars and stripes with a blue line through the center. The Thin Blue Line represents police maintaining order during times of chaos. "With individuals being able to display the flag, they will be able to display respect for officers who bravely put their lives in danger," Ginter said.”
Posted on December 13, 2017
KENYANS REACT TO BILL SEEKING TO ALLOW PEOPLE FLY FLAGS IN HOMES - Nairobi News
"Kenyans online have a lot to say about Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior’s new Bill seeking to allow people to fly the national flag in their homes. The senator published a Bill which proposes to amend the National Flag, Emblems and Names Act to allow members of the public to fly the National Flag in their places or residence, work an business. In a Twitter reply, Mutula termed the flag a symbol of unity while defending his Bill, which has eliciting mixed reactions.”
Posted on December 7, 2017
Century-old flags rediscovered in Mahan Hall at Naval Academy - Capital Gazette
"Talk about a find. This week Naval Academy Museum officials started a project to remove, preserve and place 13 flags from the War of 1812 and two Spanish-American War flags into proper storage, said museum Director Claude Berube. The artifacts had remained untouched for nearly a century in the academy’s Mahan Hall. And those were just the flags they could see. They have the 13 flags from America’s last war with Britain, the two from the Spanish-American War — and 46 more they found hidden behind those artifacts. Those flags were captured during American military actions in Asia and the Spanish-American War. There were also some replicas of Revolutionary War-era flags. They were put on display in five cases inside Mahan in 1913 but covered up by the larger War of 1812 flags in 1920. The cases were sealed with a single pane of glass and remained untouched until Tuesday when the glass was cut away. Officials have long believed the artifacts were still tucked away in the cases, but no one is alive who remembers the exhibits being covered up so they didn’t know for sure, museum Managing Director Charles Swift said.”
Posted on December 6, 2017
Illinois Bicentennial Flags Fly - Peoria Public Radio
"Communities across the state raised a very special flag Monday. The Illinois Bicentennial flag raising happened at municipal and county buildings and complexes over the noon hour. It also served as the kick-off of the state’s yearlong bicentennial celebration at the local level. The City of East Peoria hoisted its bicentennial flag on the center pole at city hall. Jill Petersen is the public affairs communicator for the City of East Peoria. She says it’s an opportunity for the Illinois residents to celebrate the people, places, and things that have helped sustained Illinois statehood over the last 200 years. “We have done some very great things. We’ve produced four-American Presidents. Our typography is really awesome! It’s a really diverse great state and I don’t think sometimes people give it enough credit to say, ‘hey I live in Illinois! It’s a really cool place,’” Peterson said.”
Posted on December 5, 2017
Keys residents burn hurricane flags to mark end of season - AP News
"Florida Keys residents have doused hurricane flags in rum and burned them to mark the end of the tumultuous 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The Thursday evening ceremony came after three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — pummeled parts of the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Irma’s impact varied in the Keys. Most Key Largo and Key West residents and businesses were either little affected or have recovered. In other parts of the island chain, especially the Big Pine Key region, recovery has been much slower. The flag-burning ceremony attracted about 400 people and included a speech by the Keys emergency management director praising the resilience and spirit of the area’s citizens.”
Posted on December 4, 2017
Peace, atheists flags to fly together in Somersworth - fosters.com
"A flag-raising scheduled for Citizen’s Place will include a flag that symbolizes religious tolerance as well as a flag that symbolizes freedom from religion. Citizen’s Place is a small traffic island next to Somersworth City Hall and home to the Ten Commandments monument. There are two flag poles that can be used to fly flags for various groups and events. Mayor Dana Hilliard announced earlier this week that the atheist flag would be raised at 4:30 p.m. Monday with the peace flag scheduled to be raised the following Friday, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. On Wednesday, Hilliard announced he would raise both flags side by side at the same ceremony on Monday. “I was already planning to raise the peace flag on Pearl Harbor Day to honor those who were lost and the lesson learned from the ashes of WWII,” Hilliard said. “It taught us how understanding each other’s differences leads to peace, and how we must stand strong against those who do not believe in tolerance.” Hilliard said the peace flag also symbolizes the holiday season where secular and non-secular celebrations come together, allowing individuals to honor their traditions.”
Posted on November 30, 2017
‘Fun with Flags’ at Francesca Minini, Milan - BlouinArtinfo
" Fun with Flags” an exhibition by Riccardo Prevadi, deals with complexity of the present times, by overlapping images of the various country’s flags and evoking glimpses of warring countries. Riccardo sets out explore the major themes of our times in three bodies of work: the large scale pictures of “Red Carpet”, the tables of “Fun with Flags” and the sealed bags of “Vacuum” (Celebrity dresses). In “Fun with Flags” the subjects printed are the flags of bordering countries, both in Europe and around the world, that have been at war, or that are now at war or might be in future. Superimposing one flag a country on another and altering the geometric and chromatic combinations of these flags, the artist is able to capture the stories of conflict that these nations have been generating over the years. The pieces of ”Vacuum” contain the imitations of celebrity dresses that have appeared on the red carpet and ironically have been delivered by online e-marketing sites, within weeks of being worn by top notch celebrities. This is an attempt to immortalize the surrounding landscape where everything seems to be so fleeting and ephemeral.”
Posted on November 29, 2017
Debate over Bellevue Cemetery decorations: Should foreign flags be displayed? - Omaha World Herald
"National flags proved a sticking point in the latest disagreements over what should be permitted on graves in the Bellevue Cemetery. Allen Holley, a 13-year volunteer on the Bellevue Cemetery Committee, told the City Council on Monday night that he does not want foreign flags to be allowed in the public cemetery. A Union Jack representing the United Kingdom sits on the grave of Nick Jones’ mother. An American flag sits next to his father’s grave. It’s a way to honor the World War II service of both of his parents, Jones told the council. His mother served the British. Veterans and citizens lined up on Monday to discuss proposed cemetery regulations. One of the most notable changes would be to allow any national flag instead of just U.S. flags. Currently the wording of the ordinance governing cemetery decorations specifies U.S. flags as permitted, but other national flags, like the Union Jack, have not been taken down."
Posted on November 28, 2017
WWII veteran gets help from Georgia community to retire worn American flag - Fox News
"A Georgia community came together Saturday to help a 90-year-old World War II veteran give his worn American and Naval flags a proper sendoff. Local Boy Scouts, including Eagle Scouts, in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell performed the proper ceremony to take down and retire the flags belonging to Frank Coleman, who enlisted in the Navy in 1944 during World War II. Coleman later became an aviator, serving in the Vietnam War as a squadron commander. "I'm very honored," Coleman told FOX 5 Atlanta. Maurice Hilliard, a long-time friend of Coleman, had previously given him new flags to replace the old ones hanging on a flag pole, but the veteran wanted to wait for the proper ceremony to take place to retire the well-worn Stars and Stripes. "He said you can’t just take them down and throw it away," Hilliard said. That gave the scouts, who are trained to help others properly retire a flag, a chance to meet the 90-year-old veteran who was also an Eagle Scout in 1942."
Posted on November 27, 2017
Walsh University holds annual International Flag Ceremony - North Neighbor News
"Walsh University celebrated its diverse student population as part of International Education Week by holding its annual International Flag Ceremony. The event is its fourth year and is hosted by the International Club. The heart of the event is when students from around the world who attend Walsh proudly walk their flag on stage, shake hands with President Richard Jusseaume and introduce themselves to the audience. “We have students attending Walsh from all over the world, this year we have the highest enrollment with 106 international students,” Walsh Director of International Student Services Kristi Campbell said. Campbell said the event provides a great opportunity for the campus community as well as the surrounding communities to meet the international students and learn about their cultures. Attendees were also treated to samplings of desserts from around the world, many made by the international students. The Walsh University Chorale performed. There was also a musical piece performed by Carolina Bejarano Eyl and Melisa Valle and Nepali Folk Dance was performed by Roja Baruwal."
Posted on November 24, 2017
Why Teach Kids About Other Countries’ Flags and National Anthems Before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? - Japan Forward
"In the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, elementary and middle schools in the Koto Ward of Tokyo have started teaching students about the national flags and anthems of countries around the world on July 20th. Koto Ward is set to play host to 19 Olympics and Paralympics sporting events, which is more than any other wards and cities. A representative of Koto Ward’s Board of Education emphasized the significance of the classes: “It is very important that we foster an attitude of respect and knowledge regarding the flags and anthems of other nations when welcoming people from around the world.” The classes form part of Tokyo Prefecture’s “Global Friendship Project,” covering history and culture, while also promoting exchange. Countries and regions to be studied by each school are divided between schools in the ward. In the three years leading up to the games, all students from fourth year elementary school to third year middle school will participate in the flag and anthem classes. The classes are organized by the chairman of the Research Institute of National Flags of the World, former flag specialist of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games Committee and Nagano Winter Olympic Games protocol advisor Tadamasa Fukiura, 76, and soprano singer Masako Shindo, 56, who is capable of singing the national anthems of over 70 nations. Mr. Fukiura has contributed the following exposition on the challenges of national flags and anthems."
Posted on November 22, 2017
Some unfamiliar with rules for displaying the U.S. flag - Dothan Eagle
"Q: Why do some major buildings not follow the rules of displaying the American flag, including that flags displayed at night should be properly illuminated? A: Probably because some people are unfamiliar with the rules and do not realize that they are not being followed. Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, contains guidelines for handling and displaying the U.S. flag. The rules address a variety of situations. Some of the basics found in a government infographic titled “How to Display the American Flag” include:"
Posted on November 21, 2017
Flag Carried During Vikings Intros was Flown by U.S. Army Sgt. In Afghanistan - Vikings.com
"Army Sgt. David Waters wanted to say “thank you” to the Vikings, but they flipped the tables and expressed gratitude in a bigger way than he could imagine. Waters, a native of Florida, started following the Vikings at an early age because of his mother’s Minneapolis roots. “It was kind of a long-distance relationship,” Waters said of his connection to the team. Last year, it became even more long-distance. Waters joined the Army as a UAV operator in 2014, and in 2016 he was deployed and served in Afghanistan for nine months. “I love this country and want to give back to it and have an impact, however small it may be,” said Waters. While in Afghanistan, he sent an email to the Vikings. “It’s kind of boring in the desert, and I was looking for a kind of morale boost,” Waters said. “I just reached out. A couple weeks later, I got this nice box with some memorabilia, a lot of cool stuff. A handwritten note. I just thought it was really great. Waters wished to thank the team for so thoughtfully responding to his message. And then it came to him – the perfect, and unique, token of gratitude."
Posted on November 20, 2017
PHOTOS BUILDING COMMUNITY: Maynard’s Emma Bendall reuses old flags to honor veterans - Wicked Local Stow
"Some old American flags have been given a new life. When flags have been so badly battered by the wind and weather they can no longer be flown, they are typically disposed of in a special ceremony. However, Emma Bendall, of Maynard, thought of a better use for them. Working with Maynard High School’s National Honor Society, of which she was president during her senior year, and the Maynard Emblem Club, where she is also a member, she received permission to remove the stars from some large flags ready to be discarded. She, and fellow Honor Society members, cut out the small stars, put them in a bag with a short poem, and sent them to soldiers overseas and local veterans. “We completed about four flags throughout the year, cutting the stars out of retired flags,” Emma wrote in an email. The stars were also recently passed out at a special ceremony to honor veterans that live at Life Care Center of Acton, where Emma worked. “Recently, the Maynard Emblem Club received flags with much larger stars, so we cut those out and put them in a frame with the poem inscribed on a paper behind it,” Emma wrote. “These stars were distributed to veterans at local nursing homes."
Posted on November 17, 2017
PHOTOS: Some Say Nebraska's Flag Stinks — And They've Got Ideas To Fix It - NPR
"Apparently state lawmakers couldn't. In fact, for a span of 10 days earlier this year, not a single visitor to the Nebraska Capitol noticed that the flag had been hoisted upside down — not even state Sen. Burke Harr, who related the story in January. "It took someone drawing it to my attention before it was changed," he told the Legislature's Executive Board in January, according to the Omaha World-Herald. An awkward situation, to be sure — but the flap over the flag also drew his attention to something else: Is the official flag really such a muddle that the average observer can't tell its top from its bottom? The question alone stirred uncomfortable doubts for Harr, who says it doesn't have to be this way. Or, as he phrased it in the legislative resolution he introduced earlier this year, "the possibility of a better-designed, more iconic Nebraska flag exists."
Posted on November 15, 2017
Speaker: Why flags had trees, snakes, other flags … - Eden Prairie News
" When colonists of the British Empire wanted to irritate the mother country, they would take an imperial flag and put their own touch to it — thus, defacing it. Colonists upset about the Stamp Act taxes and other transgressions of their rulers took a British naval ensign and put a tree to share the space with the symbol of St. George’s cross. That corner field on a flag is called the canton. And that flag with the tree on it is called the Bunker Hill Flag, which dates to 1775. After a breakfast honoring veterans of the U.S. military, members of the Eden Prairie Senior Center heard a presentation about American flags on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from Eden Prairie resident Dick Middleton, a member of American Legion Post 580 in Chanhassen and a former instructor and officer at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Posted on November 13, 2017
Column: Flags at half-staff mean it's mourning in America - Chicago Tribune
"When I was a rookie reporter all too long ago, I was lectured about A.P. style early and often, particularly regarding the issue of whether the U.S. flag is flown at half-mast or half-staff. We often say half-mast. But in almost every case, we are wrong. A flag can only fly at half-mast when it is aboard a ship, because only a ship has a mast. Generally, a flag flies on that tall, skinny thing sticking out of the ground or mounted atop a public building. That is a flag staff. So when the nation is in mourning, the flag is flying at half-staff. The flag at the park, the flag at city hall or the flag at the Capitol building would all be flying at half-staff — not half-mast — when the nation is in mourning. "Got it, kid reporter?" Yeah, I got it. But I remember thinking to myself at that time, "How often does that happen?" And back then, it didn't happen often at all. But things have changed in America.
Posted on November 10, 2017
Wayne Obermiller dedicates Banks district lawn to veterans with ten flags on 40- and 60-foot flagpoles - Michigan Live
"Wayne Obermiller has seen stars and stripes all his life. As a child, his family -- nearly all of whom served in a branch of the U.S. military at some point -- flew a small 3-by-5 foot U.S. flag outside his home. From an early age he hoped to someday fly a star-spangled banner of his own. Decades later, Obermiller, now 69, has realized that dream in a big way. Starting this Veteran's Day weekend, he'll fly not one, but 11 flags, including a 9-foot-by-12-foot U.S. Flag, from two 40- and 60-foot poles. He plans to make a 365-day commitment to commemorating veterans and celebrating the symbolism of the American flag outside his home at 901 N. Bangor St. in Bay City.
Posted on November 9, 2017
Field More than 700 flags placed on TMCC campus to honor student veterans - Orange County Register
"If you see the lawn of Truckee Meadows Community College covered in red, white, and blue -- it's for a good cause. November 6 kicked off Veteran's Week on the Dandini Campus in north Reno. The Truckee Meadows Veterans Club is celebrating the Marine Corps birthday and the more than 700 student veterans that attend the community college. Each flag planted into the ground represents a student veteran. Depending on weather, the display will stay on campus all week. You are encouraged to stop by and visit any time before Veterans Day on November 11."
Posted on November 8, 2017
Field of Valor in Orange honors veterans with display of 1,776 flags - Orange County Register
"World War II fighter planes soared over Handy Park in Orange Sunday morning, high above a display of 1,776 flags that painted the park red, white and blue in honor of veterans. This was the kick-off for the Third Annual Field of Valor, hosted by the Community Foundation of Orange. Along with its patriotic display and a series of educational events, the event serves as a fundraiser for many veterans charities. Community members sponsor flags, adorning them with a tag telling the story of a veteran – be it a friend, family member, fallen comrade, or somebody they just met at the event. The celebration of veterans has returned bigger than ever this year, with a daily flag lowering at 4:45 p.m. and nightly events with special guests. For a full schedule, visit communityfoundationoforange.org. The display will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Veteran’s Day, with a special closing ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11."
Posted on November 7, 2017
Veteran invites public to take a different kind of knee while placing 8,000 flags at veteran graves - WDRB.com
"For weeks NFL players have been taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem. It’s a form of protest for the players, but a sign of disrespect to many veterans and military members. Saturday morning one veteran invited the community out to Cave Hill Cemetery to take a different kind of knee. It started by placing an American flag at every veteran’s grave inside the cemetery. “We had 503 people show up at the cemetery to put out 8,000 flags,” said a Fred Moore, a Navy and Marine Corps veteran who founded Flags for Vets. It's done out of honor for those who have died in past wars and those who have died more recently. “I have a great appreciation for the fact that a lot of people didn't come home,” Moore said. “And in these last few years with Iraq and Afghanistan we've added another 4,000 to the list.’ Moore invited the public to take a knee to pray and give thanks at the graves of the unknown soldiers. It's a different kind of knee seen from the National Football league. “I'm a strong advocate of freedom of speech, but I want people to know that I have freedom of speech as well. And now that you've done this thing and you take a knee, I don't think you have the foggiest idea what veterans have sacrificed for,” Moore said."
Posted on November 6, 2017
The One Color You Will Almost Never Find on National Flags - Reader's Digest
"There are 196 sovereign nations in the world, and, in turn, 196 national flags. But this one color is rarely seen on any of them. Purple is a color of regality. In 16th century England, Queen Elizabeth I banned anyone outside of the immediate royal family from wearing it. Prince adopted it as his primary color of choice. Grapes make wine and wine is drunk by kings, according to this Google Image Search of “kings drinking wine.” The above-mentioned associations seem to be largely positive, so why don’t we see countries using it in their national flags? According to After Skool, it all comes to down to cost. The first purple dyes were made in the 19th century from a very specific species of snail from the Mediterranean. But these snails weren’t just eternally spewing out canisters of the stuff, the process was much more labor-intensive; it would take 10,000 snails to produce just one gram of purple dye. So, purple was a color primarily reserved for the incredibly wealthy and it just wasn’t cost-effective to have to mass-produce a bunch of flags with the pricey hue."
Posted on November 3, 2017
Is next city flag in this group of finalists? - Post Bulletin
"The effort to design a new banner for Rochester is not flagging. In fact, it picked up speed Wednesday, as the first six finalists in the contest to design a city flag were announced at City Hall. Three flags selected by a panel of judges, along with three flags selected by public vote were unveiled. They will be part of a group of 12 finalists, from which a recommendation will be made to the City Council next spring. "There are common themes, even though they're so different," Lee Herold, a flag design consultant with the Rochester Flag Committee, said of the entries. "It draws you to what people see when you say Rochester." There are, for instance, references to health care, the local rivers, winter, and of course, the city's population of Canada geese — even though these days the geese are probably outnumbered by crows. Those similarities are especially interesting given that four of the final six designs in this first round are by people who don't live in Rochester.” [Read More…]
Posted on November 2, 2017
Iraq bans Israeli flags after Kurds wave them at independence rallies - The Times of Israel
" The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to criminalize the flying of Israeli flags after the banners were held aloft at a number of Kurdish independence rallies ahead of a referendum in September. The vote to ban the flags from public spaces came at the request of Ammar al-Hakim, the Shiite leader of the Citizen Bloc, the Iraqi news agency AlSumaria reported. Israel has been among the only countries to openly support an independent Kurdish state, and many Kurds have welcomed the support, drawing accusations from Arab leaders that the referendum was a Zionist plot. Turkey fiercely opposed the referendum and has threatened sanctions against the region, reflecting its worries about its own sizable Kurdish minority." [Read More…]
Posted on November 1, 2017
#BlackMonday controversy sees ‘apartheid flags’ brought to protest - The South African
"A minority of #BlackMonday protesters have been accused of pushing a ‘racist’ agenda, after bringing along the old ‘apartheid flags’ used before 1994. Used from 1928 up to 1994, the flag itself is a nod to South Africa’s colonial history, featuring the Union Jack and Dutch-inspired emblems. Due to its use by the apartheid government, the flag has become symbolic for racist attitudes of that era. Unfortunately, a few have made an appearance today. The EFF’s Julius Malema also tweeted his disapproval of how the protest was being handled. He referred to taxi protests lead by black workers, and stated that the #BlackMonday protesters should face the same barrage of rubber bullets, due to ‘both parties blocking the roads illegally’." [Read More…]
Posted on October 31, 2017
Photo Journal: Flying the Olympic flags - The Mainichi
"The flags of all 206 member countries and regions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are seen hanging on the Palaceside Building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, home to The Mainichi Newspapers Co.'s head office, on Oct. 27, 2017. The decoration was put together to mark 1,000 days until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which falls on Oct. 28, 2017. One of the reasons behind hanging all the brightly colored flags is to wish for a peaceful Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. Arranged in the same order as an Olympic procession -- from Greece all the way through to host nation Japan in alphabetical order -- the cloth flags cover many of the windows on the south side of the building, spanning six rows and 35 columns. The flags were draped between the night of Oct. 23 and the predawn hours of Oct. 27, and will remain on display until Nov. 5." [Read More…]
Posted on October 30, 2017
Patriotism flies high in Hemingford - The Hemingford Ledger
"A sea of red, white and blue. That’s what you will see if you’re in Hemingford on any patriotic holiday. Every morning on Veterans Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day, volunteers assume the task of carefully unfolding American casket flags and hanging them along the streets of Box Butte and Niobrara Avenues, along with plaques that display the name of the deceased veteran whose flag is flying. People have described this scene – known as the Avenue of Flags – as both stunning and patriotic. The flags, while visually beautiful, are also a somber reminder of our deceased loved ones who proudly served our country. Some of the flags date all the way back to the Civil War. The Avenue of Flags first appeared in Hemingford on Memorial Day of 1986. During that first year, 44 flags were flown." [Read More…]
Posted on October 27, 2017
Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch - NPR
"President Trump was met by a protester who threw Russian flags at him and chanted "Trump is treason!" as he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge Senate Republicans to pass tax cuts. While the president was entering the weekly GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, escorted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a man appeared to have gotten inside the press scrum, throwing the small flags that had the word "TRUMP" emblazoned in gold." [Read More…]
Posted on October 25, 2017
Tired of waving its white flag, Scottsdale calls for city redesign - azcentral.com
"Scottsdale's flag is a real S.O.B. It's what flag design experts and enthusiasts call a "Seal on a Bedsheet." The flag, adopted in 1954, features the city’s seal — a mounted cowboy surrounded by a 64-pointed starburst — simply dropped on a white background. But now, Scottsdale is tired of waving its white flag. City officials say the design does not exemplify the desert beauty of “The West’s Most Western Town” and runs afoul of national design standards. So the city has made a call to the community: design a new flag. "Scottsdale hopes a new flag will become an immediately recognizable symbol of the proud and accomplished desert community known around the world for its blend of western heritage, natural beauty and modern art and culture," read a city statement announcing the design challenge." [Read More…]
Posted on October 24, 2017
Veterans show support for the flag in Perryville, MO - KFVS 12
"Veterans from the VFW Post 4282 in Perryville, Missouri joined other VFW members for a rally to show that they stand for the flag and will not kneel. They stood on the overpass of Highway T over I-55 in Perryville with their flags waving while traffic passes by underneath them. Many vehicles honked their horn to show their support. Veterans spoke out about why they feel the flag should be respected with standing during the national anthem. "We want them to see us out here showing that we have respect for this flag," Bob Herschbach said. "We're hoping that they take this with them on their travels wherever they're going and remember that they are able to drive these streets, these roads here because of us." [Read More…]
Posted on October 23, 2017
There's One Tiny Business Behind All Those Giant Flags - Deadspin
"It has become impossible to ignore the American flag at sporting events. This is, in part, because of the increasingly elaborate performance that is the pregame ceremony for the national anthem, in which the flag works as symbolic shorthand to represent whatever you want it to about the country, the troops, and only God knows what else. (Though God is very frequently in that list, too.) But it’s also because the flag itself—physically—is getting bigger. In recent years, NFL teams increasingly have turned to giant flags that take up the entire length of the field, sometimes for every single home game, while MLB teams opt for equally large ones to stretch through the outfield for special occasions like opening day and the postseason."
Posted on October 20, 2017
Pedestrian flags coming to crosswalks - Gulf Breeze News
"Grant Corbin, a student at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, wants drivers to be careful and those who are not quite old enough to get behind the wheel to be safe when they cross streets in his hometown. He brought an idea to Gulf Breeze City Council he thinks can focus attention on the issue and help make drivers and pedestrians more aware of safety issues at the Oct. 11 executive meeting. Members of the Council agreed. Grant latched on to the idea when his family visited St. Augustine Beach recently and he saw the plan in action. That city has placed containers filled with colorful flags at crosswalks. Those attempting to cross the streets on foot are encouraged, by signs posted nearby, to take a flag and wave it as they watch for traffic and then proceed in the crosswalk. Once they have safely arrived on the other side, they replace the flags in identical containers so that the next pedestrians can repeat the attention-getting plan."
Posted on October 19, 2017
Iberville Parish Council outlaws flag burning; ACLU says move is unconstitutional - The Advocate
"Burning flags in Iberville Parish will cost those involved up to $1,000 and/or some time in jail, under an ordinance the Parish Council unanimously adopted Tuesday prohibiting desecration of the American flag, Louisiana flag and parish flag. Council Chairman Matt Jewell said they want to avoid incidents like the one reported last year at a university in Ohio involving the intentional burning of an American flag, an act that angered many war veterans. Jewell described the council's vote as a preemptive step and not one sparked by any local problems with flag desecration. "We are a very patriotic parish. Not looking for much push-back on this," Jewell said in an interview before Tuesday night's meeting. "I don't expect us to have any problems. We're just doing this as more of a symbolic kind of thing."
Posted on October 18, 2017
Flags, Football and Freedom - ArkansasRazorbacks.com
"By simple definition, a flag is a piece of fabric, cloth or a similar material, used as an emblem of a country or institution as a decoration during public festivities. Embellished by stars, stripes, bars and other adornments, a flag is more than just a collection of artistic elements, it takes on meaning as the most visible symbol of a particular state or nation and those who are represented. Each time the Razorbacks take the field, they carry that same type of symbolic significance for Arkansans. The University of Arkansas is the flagship institution of the state and for many Arkansans, the Razorback is far more than just a mascot, it embodies the spirit of the state. So what happens when these two recognized symbols combine in a way that honors those who are serving and have served to protect our freedoms at home and abroad? It is a moment that means much more than simply the excitement of the home team’s entry onto the field before a college football game. "
Posted on October 17, 2017
The coolest signs and flags spotted at weekend one of ACL Fest 2017 - My Statesman from Austin American-Statesman
"Everyone knows the best way to find your friends at Austin City Limits Music Festival is to bring a flag, sign or otherwise interesting-looking object you can stack on top of a pole and carry around all day. “I’m standing under the giant inflatable pineapple,” I remember texting to a friend one ACL Fest. The next year, it was a volleyball painted like Wilson from “Castaway.” The next year, it was a windsock shaped like a parrot. You get the picture. Here are the best signs, flags and “here’s how to find me” objects we spotted at the first weekend of ACL Fest 2017 (and on social media). "
Posted on October 16, 2017
Stonewall National Monument’s rainbow flag plan was going fine, then things got weird - The Washington Post
"The plan to celebrate the rainbow flag flying over Stonewall National Monument was going smoothly. Then things got weird. Activists had pressed for months to get the flag — a long-standing symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — hoisted atop the flagpole adjacent to the national monument that President Barack Obama designated last year to commemorate the LGBT civil rights movement. The National Park Service agreed to do it, providing a flag that went up Sept. 28, and it worked with activists to put on an event commemorating the act on Wednesday, which was also National Coming Out Day. NPS officials provided the federal permit free of charge, as well as power and a sound system for the rally, and the monument’s chief interpreter initially agreed to speak.."
Posted on October 13, 2017
Scout looking for owners of historic flags - The Sun Chronicle
"Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Gonsalves recently completed his eagle project replacing 50 worn-out American flags and flagpoles that have been placed around the town Common during holidays for decades. Now Gonsalves, who attends Norfolk County Agricultural High School, is seeking to reunite about a dozen of the remaining flags with their original owners. Gonsalves said he has managed to return many of the flags, but is left with several others. He’s offering families identified with the flags to reclaim them by contacting him."
Posted on October 12, 2017
Native American students hoist tribal flags in EMU amphitheater for Indigenous Solidarity Day - Daily Emerald
"For Mitchell Lira, Monday was a day not only to celebrate Native American tribes but to pray for those who suffered in the past. On October 9, the Native American Student Union celebrated Indigenous Solidarity Day, an annual event held on the federal holiday Columbus Day, in the EMU amphitheater. Natives and non-natives gathered to listen to the speakers and watch the Chemawa Indian school drummers perform as the nine flags were changed by students of the Chemawa boarding school. “Indigenous peoples day is us reclaiming the day back,” Lira said. “We are making our voices heard.” The ceremony aimed to teach natives and non-natives to understand the importance of the Native American culture that resides on campus. “This university is built on native land,” Lira said. “The tribes still exists now, it’s not all in the past.”
Posted on October 11, 2017
Syria rebel flags banned, ‘Free Syria’ banner confiscated from World Cup play-off match - RT.com
"Syrian revolutionary flags were banned and a pro-revolution banner was confiscated at the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia play-off match between Syria and Australia on Tuesday. Prior to the game at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, signs were placed at the entrance indicating which flags fans were permitted to display at the ground for the Russia 2018 play-off second leg, which Australia won 2-1 to advance 3-2 on aggregate. As civil war ravages Syria, different flags are used by the Syrian government and rebels: the red, white and black tricolor with two central green stars, used by the government of President Bashar Assad; and the green, white and black tricolor with three central red stars, used by the Free Syrian Army."
Posted on October 10, 2017
Fort Worth firefighter tore down U.S. flags on Denton square, authorities say - Dallas Morning News
"The man who was captured on video damaging two flags last month in downtown Denton has been identified as a Fort Worth firefighter, the Denton County sheriff's office said. An arrest warrant was issued for Michael James Wagemann with a charge of criminal mischief and remains outstanding, the sheriff's office said Friday night. "
Posted on October 9, 2017
4th Annual Veteran Voices of Canada event to take place in Sylvan Lake’s Centennial Park - Red Deer Advocate
"At noon on Saturday 128 Canadian flags will be unfurled one by one as a tribute to the 128,000 Canadian soldiers killed or missing in action. The same sombre ceremony will be taking place in a dozen other communities across Canada from Charlottetown, P.E.I. to Vernon, B.C. It will be the fourth year the ceremony organized by Veteran Voices of Canada will be held in Sylvan Lake."
Posted on October 6, 2017
9 cool things about 200 straight weeks of the Washington State flag on ‘College GameDay’- SBNation.com
"Saturday will bring a College GameDay milestone. When ESPN’s flagship college football show broadcasts from Forth Worth, Texas, before West Virginia-TCU, a pair of crimson-and-gray Washington State flags will wave in the background. It’ll be the 200th consecutive GameDay at which the WSU flag has flown, according to separate counts maintained by the flag-wavers and ESPN’s GameDay staff. You’ve seen the flags before, even if they’ve blended out of your view. The Wazzu logo has been ubiquitous on the show for almost 14 years now, always somewhere in the wide shots of the show’s panelists sitting on their stage."
Posted on October 5, 2017
Beyond Jamaica: A look at the history of flags and national symbols- Deutsche Welle (DW)
"The Jamaican flag has been on the minds of many Germans recently, with coalition talks expected to form a yellow-black-green government. For more on flag history and their symbols, DW spoke with expert Peter Diem."
Posted on October 4, 2017
Veterans waving flags outside stadium want unity- Buffalo News
"Their flags billowed in the breeze as a steady rain fell.But through it all, they remained undeterred. They stood there for hours on the side of Abbott Road, with New Era Field at their back and midmorning traffic in their sights. And they proudly held the symbol of our nation in their hands: the red, white and blue of the United States of America. Bonded by military green, the three veterans took to the streets to protest a protest of a different kind — one that, in their estimation, disrespected the flag and fellow military members. On this particular Friday, they braved the elements for a purpose greater than themselves. They wanted to be seen. They wanted to be heard. All three began the week as strangers. But now, Edward Houck, 38, of Hamburg; and Travis Griffin, 28, and Pat Giumento, 70, both of Orchard Park, are united in their opposition to players kneeling, sitting — and worse, stretching — during the national anthem."
Posted on October 2, 2017
Real Madrid fans hoist Spanish flags above their heads in protest against Catalonia referendum after Barcelona play in front of empty Nou Camp- The Sun
"REAL MADRID'S supporters protested against the Catalonia independence referendum during the La Liga clash against Espanyol by hoisting Spanish flags above their heads. It came just hours after Barcelona were forced to play their game against Las Palmas behind closed doors due to fears of crowd safety."
Posted on October 2, 2017
Pro-democracy legislator guilty of desecrating Hong Kong and China flags- South China Morning Post
"A localist Hong Kong lawmaker was found guilty on Friday of desecrating the small Chinese and Hong Kong flags that he flipped over at the Legislative Council last year, and fined HK$5,000. Cheng Chung-tai, of pro-democracy party Civic Passion, said the case was “ridiculous” and his conviction a reminder that the city’s society is “not an open, democratic and liberal one”."
Posted on September 29, 2017
Flags represent 10,000-plus affected by domestic violence- Wyoming County Free Press
"One thousand and fifty purple flags. Each flag represents 10 people affected by domestic violence in Wyoming, Genesee, Livingston and Orleans counties. The flags represent a statistic of violence, yet the violence doesn’t happen to statistics, it happens to people - adult men and women, as well as children. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Restore Sexual Assault Services have teamed up with local officials to place the 1,000 plus flags on the grounds of the Wyoming County Courthouse this morning."
Posted on September 28, 2017
Seven Men Arrested In Egypt For Flying Rainbow Flags At Rock Concert- Logo NEWNOWNEXT
"Police in Cairo arrested seven men for flying Pride flags at a rock concert Saturday. If convicted, they face up to two years in prison. The incident occurred at a sold-out concert by Mashrou’ Leila that drew some 35,000 people to Cairo Festival City. Mashrou’ Laila’s lead singer, Hamed Sinno, is openly gay. Officers scanned security footage to identify the flag-wavers, whom Egyptian media has called guilty of “the promotion of corruption and immorality.” On Sunday, the Musicians Syndicate announced the group was officially banned from performing in Egypt."
Posted on September 27, 2017
Around the world, flags and anthems can divide nations- ABC News
"President Donald Trump's clash with scores of professional football players who knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner" last weekend has set off a heated debate over proper etiquette during the national anthem. But the U.S. is far from alone. Throughout the world, flags, anthems and other national symbols can often divide as much as they unify, especially in countries with large religious or ethnic divisions. Here is a look at some of the controversies:"
Posted on September 27, 2017
Students raise awareness for suicide prevention month with flags- KBTX-TV 3
"A student organization called Active Minds from Texas A&M University put out 1,100 flags in honor of the 1,100 students who commit suicide nationwide. According to Alicia Steinley, a member of Active Minds, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. "Each year 1,100 students nationwide take their lives on college campuses, so we are out here spreading awareness," said Steinley."
Posted on September 26, 2017
VERIFY: Are NFL football players required to stand for the National Anthem?- NBC 11 Atlanta
"Across the web, people are sharing a so-called “rule” pertaining to the National Anthem and whether or not NFL players are required to attend."
"To verify this content, we first looked at the NFL's 2017 Official Playing Rules. Nowhere in the 2017 rulebook does the NFL mention the National Anthem. Pages 62 and 63 contain information on the enforcement of fouls."
Posted on September 25, 2017
Activist Plans to Burn Nazi-Confederate Flag to Protest Confederate Flags Sale in Pennsylvania - NBC 10 Philadelphia
"A Pennsylvania activist aiming to protest a town fair's decision to allow the sale of Confederate flags says he plans to burn a combination Nazi-Confederate flag. The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reports that activist Gene Stilp is seeking a permit to burn the two-sided Nazi-Confederate flag in front of the Columbia County Courthouse on Friday to coincide with the start of the Bloomsburg Fair.
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Posted on September 21, 2017
Londonderry High School clarifies pep rally American flag policy - WMUR9
"Londonderry High School is facing backlash over a policy that bans students from presenting the American flag at an upcoming pep rally. Last week, about two dozen student athletes received letters detailing proper protocols for participating students, including no undressing, no derogatory statements about opponents, no questionable writings on their clothing and no use of the American flag, with the fourth protocol leaving many in the community up in arms about the policy." [Read More…]
Posted on September 20, 2017
NYC’s Federal Hall Exhibition Displays 50 US Flags In A Powerful Reminder to Rise Above Our Differences - UntappedCities.com
"From 2011 to 2016, Ziegler traveled all over the country to collect each flag by taking the distressed ones and replacing them with newer versions. Each flag collected also has its respective state name embroidered on it. The exhibition perfectly encapsulates the spectrum of our allegiance to the American flag and the various meanings people ascribe to it.
Some people love and respect this flag and its positive attributes symbolizing opportunity and possibility, while for others throughout the world, it is a nationalist symbol for imperialism. What Ziegler hopes to convey is a sense of community wherein he “presents a hopeful and direct image of these United States of America, one that is grounded in conversation with people unlike ourselves.”" [Read More…]
Posted on September 19, 2017
Flags for Forgotten Soldiers honor veterans who have committed suicide - 6News WRGB Albany
"A patriotic display in downtown Schenectady has many stopping to take a second look. A local mother tells us it's her way to raise awareness about what took her son too soon." [Read More…]
Posted on September 18, 2017
Pocatello to raise new flag on Tuesday - Idaho State Journal
"It’s been two years since Pocatello’s city flag was called the worst in North America. But after a wide-ranging redesign process that included input from the public and widespread media exposure, the new city flag will finally fly over the community this week." [Read More…]
Posted on September 18, 2017
Deputy honors American flags knocked down from Irma - CBCNews
"According to the department's post, "On Sept. 11, Lt. Greg Ernst and Capt. Ashley Brown were patroling [sic] Highway 80 when they noticed a familiar flag in the marshy water."
An American flag attached to a piece of driftwood in that location had been a comforting sight for Tybee Island residents and visitors for decades -- but it had been knocked over by Irma's fury." [Read More…]
Posted on September 15, 2017
Montreal adds Iroquois symbol to flag, strips British general of street name - CBCNews
"Montreal has taken steps to recognize the contribution of Indigenous people to the city, adding an Iroquois symbol to its city flag and committing to rename Amherst Street." [Read More…]
Posted on September 14, 2017
Readers recommend playlist: your songs about flags - theguardian
"Flags date from antiquity, with one of the oldest extant standards (of sorts) being an Iranian banner made of bronze, dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Their most common use has been to represent geopolitical entities, though they also bring together interest groups and those of a political – or anti-political – persuasion." [Read More…]
Posted on September 14, 2017