FLAG DAY

Flag Day 2010

For this years Flag Day, I chose to help celebrate the Star Spangled Banner’s 200 years!  As national treasures go, it was a bargain: $405.90 was paid to Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore, who fashioned it from red, blue and undyed wool, plus cotton for the 15 stars to fly at the fortress guarding the city’s harbor.

A collage of 2 women, 1914, at the Smithsonian working to restore the Star-Spangled Banner in a room with a model of a giant squid; by Terry Winters.

A collage of 2 women, 1914, at the Smithsonian working to restore the Star-Spangled Banner in a room with a model of a giant squid; by Terry Winters.

An enormous flag, 30 by 42 feet, it was intended as a bold statement to the British warships that were certain to come.  And, when in September 1814, the young United States turned back the invaders in a spectacular battle witnessed by Francis Scott Key, he put his joy into a verse published first as “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” and then, set to the tune of a British drinking song – immortalized as “The Star Spangled Banner.”

A Betsy Ross Flag Day.

A Betsy Ross Flag Day.

The flag itself, enshrined since 2008 in a special chamber at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, following a $7 million restoration and due to be celebrated today, 14 June 2014 with a national singalong (http://anthemforamerica.si.edu/) remains a bold statement.  But what is it saying to you?

This story was taken from the Smithsonian Magazine with many thanks.

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Have a wonderful day!!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Melvin Arnold – Carlisle, IA; US Army Air Corps, WWII6a00d8345157c669e20133f0f333ff970b-250wi

William Beach – Columbus, IN; US Army, Korea

Guadalupe Castillo – La Villa, TX; US Air Force, Vietnam

George Champagne – Greenville, RI; US Navy, WWII, USS Strong

Diane Gore – Palm Desert, CA; US Navy, Captain (Ret.)

Albert Hauss Jr. – Millstadt, IL; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Brandon Maggart – Kirksville, MO; US Army, Iraq, Sgt., 5th Air Defense Artillery Reg.

Charles Person – Fanwood, NJ; US Navy, WWII

Clifford “Chief” Smith – Pensacola, FL; USMC Army National Guard, Air Force Reserves

Raymond Trenkamp – Maynard, IA; US Army, Korea

William Wade – New Zealand; Royal Navy # 327647, WWII

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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 14, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. This may be of interest. Nothing new, perhaps, but still good to read:

    http://www.miketodd.net/encyc/anthem.htm

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  2. Great tributes to the various flags that actually do define a Country, and not a Government political statement.

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  3. Our community is having a Flag Day Celebration. A local actor will tell the story of the flag through taking on the character of Betsy Ross’ third husband! Patriotic songs and poems will be presented. This is a first for Cambridge, Ohio.

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    • Great, Bev! I didn’t know the ol’ gal had been married 3 times, but it is an intriguing idea – whoever thought of this should be congratulated. Take pictures!!!

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  4. Reblogged this on Hammerhead Combat Systems and commented:
    I second that motion…let em’ fly!!

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  5. I have been fortunate to have seen this at the Smithsonian since the restoration. I have to admit it was pretty awesome seeing something so intimate about our personal history. It was like finding an ancient artifact. I think I would have enjoyed watching the restoration as mentioned above.

    Shared on Facebook. 😀

    I didn’t realize this was a reblog from last year and kept seeing odd dates on the posting…dates after the 14th, including yours. I thought something was wrong with my computer…and then I noticed the year 2014…whew, my computer is fine. 😉

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  6. ♥ ڿ✿♥*✿ڿڰۣڿ✿♥ ڿ✿♥*✿ڿڰۣڿ✿♥ ڿ✿♥*✿ڿڰۣڿ✿♥ ڿ✿♥*✿ڿڰۣڿ✿♥ ڿ✿♥*✿ڿڰۣڿ✿
    Buna dimineata prieteni dragi ! Va doresc sa aveti o zi asa cum o doriti fiecare,frumoasa,fara stres,cu multa pofta de viata !Pupici !
    Good morning, dear friends! I want to have one day as we want every beautiful, stress-free, with plenty of zest for life! Kisses!

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  7. Thanks very much for this interesting story.

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  8. Reblogged this on Pacific Paratrooper and commented:

    A PROUD DAY IN JUNE – FLY THOSE FLAGS!!

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  9. I can’t believe that I missed flag day! I feel ashamed for having missed it. This reminds me that I need to visit your blog more often!!!

    Thanks for posting…

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  10. Interesting some things I never knew!

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  11. An interesting post my friend, one thing I have noticed over the years is that Americans are very patriotic with their flag, flown on most houses and public buildings.
    I am currently trying to ascertain the regulations in Australia for flying our flag on an aerial on my car, seems its a grey area.
    Your Old Glory has appeared in many places around the world over many decades.
    Regards
    Emu aka Ian

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    • Some people fly the flag every day, but unfortunately, for most it goes in spurts – according to current events. Even commemorative holidays will often go by unnoticed – unless the public receives a day off work for it – like July 4th. For awhile there it seemed every house was dressed for the red/white & blue and then it gradually faded away – like MacArthur. I thank you for reading and DO check on the regs for your Australian flag – it’s only right that it should be flown, Ian – you DID fight for it!

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  12. Wow. I’d like to hear that British drinking song.

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  13. A wonderful tribute!!!

    “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.”George Washington, attributed

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  14. Wonderful picture, GP. I’m going out in a few minutes to take my flag down for the night.

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  15. A beautiful post, Gail! Our flag flew today until that big thunderstorm rolled in! I can’t remember if our flag is an all-weather flag or not.

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    • Hasn’t the wind been awful in the PM?! Happy you are considerate of the flag’s condition – that means a lot. I appreciate you taking the time to stop in, Linda!

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  16. Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    God bless the USA!

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  17. Great post and agree with inesphoto that :”If you don’t respect your country, you don’t respect yourself.” Sadly I feel that is lacking today.

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  18. The Bicentennial of the War of 1812, bombardment of Fort McHenry and the writing of the “The Star Spangled Banner” will be celebrated this coming September in Baltimore, Maryland this coming September. For many a relatively unknown war, the War of 1812 is frequently cited as America’s “Second War of Independence”. To understand our country, it is worthwhile studying.

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    • Very good point. I thought I would combine the two since Anthem for America was having their big celebration yesterday. The two seemed to go together (for me any way). The War of 1812, IMO, is neglected because of how quickly it ended, sort a Grenada of the 1800’s. It shouldn’t negate the importance of the war in any way, but I just think that’s why people don’t usually remember much about it.

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  19. Happy Flag Day! –Curt

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  20. It speaks of countless men and women who for hundreds of years now have worked, toiled, fought, loved and celebrated this country.

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  21. Have a proud Flag Day . Among all other things , of course , your blog is reason enough to be proud : a great contribution to national pride .

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  22. Reblogged this on Masako and Spam Musubi and commented:
    Nice story for this Flag Day! Thanks, gpcox.

    Fort McHenry

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    • I’m honored you reblogged this post for one of our commemorative holidays, Koji!! You are a true friend indeed! Wish I had one of your Fort McHenry photos for it, but flicker wouldn’t let me steal it 😉

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  23. Excellent, excellent subject to write about this Flag Day, gpcox! I took my kids to DC in 2010 and saw the huge, tattered flag in a darkened corridor in the Smithsonian and after its restoration. For some reason, I don’t have a photo of it; perhaps photography was prohibited? Anyways, ni trip to DC would be complete without visiting Fort McHenry. https://flic.kr/p/9Kust2
    Again, wonderful topic, gpcox!

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    • The pictures are terrific, wish I had thought it thru enough and added a photo of the fort. Thanks for coming by and adding to our data. The Japanese sketches were also wonderful, I’ve always liked Japanese art and have the one Smitty brought home in a frame. Good to see Mr.Grant, the Nisei codebreaker, and said thank you.

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  24. I first saw the Star-spangled Banner at the Smithsonian in 1983 when it was still hung on a wall. Every thirty minutes the drape covering it would be pulled back while they played a recording of the national anthem. The next two times I saw the flag, in 1997 and 2006, it was in the restoring rooms where they were doing the restoration. They had a display and glass windows where you could watch the progress of the work.

    I hope to get back to DC in a couple of years to see the fully restored flag.

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    • Wouldn’t that be great, Andrew!! I would love to see it. I’ve been at the Smithsonian twice, but never got to see the flag, there is so much to see there! Thank you for commenting.

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  25. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

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  26. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Excellent post!! I need to share …. Honor!!

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  27. I love the graphics you use gpcox, they speak loud and clear.

    Blessings – Anne

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  28. A difficult song to sing, but a beautiful one. 🙂

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  29. I wish people understand that governments come and go but “Country” means “People”. If you don’t respect your country, you don’t respect yourself.

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  30. “set to the tune of a British drinking song “, as an Englishman, I can kinda see the funny side of this 🙂

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