Following the Flag

This is not our Flag Day, but the history behind it and the relationship to the POW’s of WWII are with us still today.

The Veteran's Collection

The Old Flag Never Touched the Ground Depicting the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment at Fort Wagner, SC, this (2004) painting, “The Old Flag Never Touched the Ground” by Rick Reeves prominently displays the flag leading the troops in battle.

Today is Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, Congress passed a resolution to adopt the stars and stripes design for our national flag. In honor of that, I felt compelled to shed some light on how the impact of the flag holds for men and women who serve this country in uniform.

Throughout the history of our nation, the Stars and Stripes have had immeasurable meaning to to those serving in uniform. On the field of battle, the Flag has been a rallying point for units as they follow it toward the enemy. From their vantage points, commanding generals are able to observe their troop movements and progress throughout battles by following the flag.

Troop reverence for the…

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About GP

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

Posted on February 9, 2019, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. Excellent piece of history and thankfully for future generations its history is preserved.
    Good to be back from sick leave and browsing my old friends posts, see you have maintained your standards gp, cheers.

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  2. Powerful and moving, GP.

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  3. Great post, GP. Thanks for sharing. Look for a post on equipsblog tomorrow about flags from Mare Island, CA.

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  4. Thank you for another great piece of information, GP! Hope you have a beautiful Sunday! Here its raining “cats and dogs”. LoL Michael

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  5. What an inspiring story! Thanks so much for sharing, GP.

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  6. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing this, GP!
    It got me teary-eyed! 🙂
    And now I’m thinking about how we don’t see the respect shown that our flag, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, etc, all deserve.

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  7. A bedsheet and some colored pencils. Sometimes, it doesn’t take much more than creativity and commitment.

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  8. I deeply appreciate and love our flag, and all it stands for. So many stories… great post, GP.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this story with your readers. I was overwhelmed to have conversation with the family and the Naval History and Heritage Command regarding the flag. How beautiful and meaningful our flag is ESPECIALLY when you are held captive, deprived of basic necessities by and enemy who thinks more highly of animals than a captive foe.

    It blows my mind how Americans are offended at the site of their nation’s flag today with many schools throughout the country removing the stars and stripes all together so as not to offend. That is offensive.

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  10. Great story and amazing to learn the flag still exists.

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  11. Fascinating post and I was really interested how they created the flag in such conditions. It’s the old “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Great read, Thankyou.

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  12. What a wonderful story! it’s very commendable for the family to locate the flag and share its history. I wish more people will show respect for our flag.

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  13. Such a great story! Grateful for that daughter’s persistence.

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  14. Inspiring stuff, GP. Even in this world of modern ‘electronic’ warfare, it can still come down to a few brave men following a flag into action.
    (As you probably know, the Union never took Fort Wagner, despite that brave charge of the 54th.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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