Flags of the Day
Today is Nevada Day. It is also Reformation Day in Slovenia and Chiang Kai-Shek's Birthday in the Republic of China.
Animated flags provided courtesy of Pascal Gross.
Vexillarium is a Latin based word meaning Flag Room. It might also be translated into the naval term, Flag Locker. With the opening of Vexillarium, I welcome you into my Flag Locker.
The county of Lincolnshire in England has adopted a flag. It features a red cross with a fleur de lis in the centre on a blue and green background. A gold border represents the crops grown in the county. The blue on the flag represents the sea and sky of Lincolnshire and the green symbolises the fields, while the fleur de lys represents the City of Lincoln. The red cross is from the English flag.
One of the joys of the NAVA meeting was finally meeting Dr. Philippe Rault, a vexillologist from the country he refers to as "French occupied Brittany". Philippe is one of a group of Breton vexillologists who have been active in restoring or designing appropriate flags for the cities and regions of Brittany. We have corresponded by post and e-mail for many years now, and have developed a fond friendship; but only this month have we actually been in each other's company. Today, I fly the flags of the Country (pays) of Poher and the City of Rostrenen, in which Philippe and his fine family reside.
Yesterday, as I left the school building and headed toward the church, I noticed three small children, siblings with none older than seven, standing beside my Jeep. In active discussion over the flag stickers on my left side window. The flags represent most of the states and countries to which I have been since I acquired the Jeep. A couple are gifts from others. (I have never been to Europe or Africa.) It was one of those moments when I wished I carried a camera.
The parliament of Morocco has adopted a law establishing a prison term of six months to three years and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000 against any person who insults the national flag or other national symbols. The prison term may reach five years in case this act is committed at a meeting or a rally.
It seems that the Cyprian government has decided to require manufacturers of its flag to actually follow official specifications in the manufacturing process.
Valley Forge Flag Company is moving its distribution centre from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. The company already operates a dyeing and printing shop and sewing plants in the Palmetto State.
When the South African government began a campaign to fly the national flag at each of the country's public schools last month, no one expected controversy.
I have set up a web page of photos from NAVA 39 in Nashville. In this snapshot, you see Philippe Rault, Harry Oswald, me and Ted Kaye with the pre-1963 flag of the City of Nashville.
The Royal Navy normally guards its ensign jealously, but on Thursday evening restrictions on its use will be lifted to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
A teacher at Kolbe-Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was fired as a result of his refusal to follow the policy of the Catholic Church requiring the display of a US flag in classrooms.
Some folks in New Jersey, including the governor, are thinking about their flag.
MEXICO CITY - Most members of the bilingual band Kumbia Kings carry U.S. passports, but as a manager of the musicians put it, "they pretty much work, eat and breathe Mexico."