Flag Day

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In continuance of the American summer of remembrance, we now have Flag Day. For the readers in other countries, fly your own flag to show your fellow citizens your patriotism.

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The Birth of Old Glory

The Birth of Old Glory

Civil War era

Civil War era

WWII and Korean War

WWII and Korean War

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CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your support!!

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Fun notes –

One year ago, the USS Mohawk CGC, a former WWII warship, was sunk off of Sanibel Island, Florida to become a new reef – but now – it will be an underwater art gallery! Austrian photographer, Andreas Franke, has installed 12 images inside the ship encased in steel-framed Plexiglas. Tiny marine organisms are expected to invade the frames and give each display a unique aura. To enhance the project, Franke has superimposed images of models in WWII clothing onto the original photographs that will remain on display until 14 September.

In 1943, the school year was cut short at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. due to the onset of WWII, the graduating class never had a senior prom. Anthony Pegnataro, 87, former class president, said,” They were dire days, but Americans toughed it out. A prom was the last thing on my mind.” But, 70 years was long enough to wait!! Class of 1943 finally had their prom!!

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Farewell Salutes –

John Albert Barlett – U.S. Navy

Alex “Red” Engel – U.S. Navy, WWII

John L. Mertes – U.S. Marine Corps, WWII

Noel De Cordova, Jr. – Ensign, USN, Korean War. Later, Naval Reserves, retired as captain.

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 13, 2013, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 54 Comments.

  1. Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog
    shine. Please let me know where you got your design.

    Cheers

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  2. Thanks for visiting and liking my post on Nostalgia. Your blog looks quite interesting, and I will check it out.

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  3. Thank you for the nostalgic art work–great selection. I’d LOVE to hear what the belated prom for the Class of 1943 was like.

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  4. Thank you for a beautiful tribute to our country and the soldiers who fought for our liberty.

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  5. Flag Day in Lake Wobegone — Garrison Keillor tells a wonderful story of how the small mythical town celebrated flag day in the 1930s by creating a living flag of all the town residents wearing red, white, and blue caps. It was their way of celebrating and getting the whole town involved, not without some consequences.

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  6. I love that Prom tale~! There’s something infinitely human (and definitively American) about it. Long may it last …

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  7. I love all the photos and the story of the prom is marvelous! I’m so happy they got their prom. 🙂 Thank you for posting this.

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  8. Such a wonderful post.

    Once a year we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, and Flag Day on June 14th, but we should always remember those who currently serve and have previously served in this wonderful country’s service, and proudly fly our flags, every day.

    Thank you for liking my blog as well, and I will definitely be following yours.

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  9. The old pictures of flags are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Thanks fro coming by my blog. I’ve signed up to follow you. I’m doing research for some writing I’m doing about my dad’s return home after WWII. Will enjoy reading here, I’m sure. Thanks!

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  11. Good to hear from you again! I’ve enjoyed the flag pictures.
    Ellespeth

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  12. The waving of that beautiful flag still stands for freedom that few other places in the world have. Let’s keep it that way. Thanks to all who help make that possible.

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  13. Nice flags – your posts are always so great! Flag Day! I would have totally forgotten about it if it wasn’t for you! Wish I had posted a great old flag illustration – maybe I will!
    Elephant

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  14. In 1843, the same thing was happening in Bridgeport. My Uncle Dave, the youngest, turned 18 on Sept. 30th. On Dec. 13th, he passed his physical and was inducted into the Army on the same day. I don’t know if his class had a Prom but he was granted a leave to come home to settle his Grandmother’s estate, and was able to go to his High School Graduation. All those who had left school to serve their country got diplomas, even if they weren’t there to actually receive them. Dave was one of the few who attended.

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    • I’m sure it happened all over the country, but this was the first time I ever noticed any mention of it and actually having another in its place. Thought it was a cute story.

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  15. Very awesome. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Fantastic collection of flags you have here. I decided to follow your blog, too. It’s a great addition to my WP reader.

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    • I tried to respond back to your blog, but google couldn’t locate the URL. Hope you see this and thank you for the compliment.

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      • Ahh, yes thanks. I have issues where I like to constantly change the whole design of my blogs around. I just need to stay put and focus on content rather than aesthetics, sometimes. lol I think it should be back here at WP now. 🙂

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  17. Love these old pics. And thanks for the reminder. My flag will go up tomorrow morning first thing!

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  18. While I enjoyed your nostalgic photos and the great reminder for flag day, I think I most appreciate the farewell salutes. I find myself taking a moment for each of them and saying a silent “thank you and god speed” to each one. Keep reminding us, lest we forget.

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  19. Thank you for this beautiful post. If I may, I’d like to comment with one of the poems I wrote for a children’s book of holiday celebrations.

    HONOR

    Whenever I see my country’s flag,
    I touch my hand to my heart.
    Not for anyone else to see –
    It’s something I do that’s just between me
    And the love that I have for my country –
    I touch my hand to my heart.

    However I serve my country,
    I will serve it with my heart.
    Not because anyone tells me to –
    It’s just something I know I want to do
    To honor the service of others, too –
    I will serve it with my heart.

    oOo

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  20. We proudly fly ours everyday…we put in a flagstaff and lights to enable us to display it 24/7.Wish I could post a pic here.
    Thanks for the great post!

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  21. Love the photos and both of the fun stories.
    Lillian

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  22. How lovely that they finally had their prom.

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