Flag of the Day
Today is Independence Day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Animated flag 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 flag of the Republic of China on Taiwan was marched into Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton along with 83 others on July 22, drawing a strong rebuke from the communist government of China. The organizers of the games have promised the reds not to allow the Taiwanese athletes to appear under their own flag again during the games. Eighty-two Taiwanese athletes arrived in Edmonton for the Games, compared to 13 competitors subject to the communist government of the mainland.
A Texas flag that once flew over Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Michael Young's bunker in Vietnam now soars over the Task Force Raider Tactical Operations Command tent in Romania. The flag flies one last time before the fifth generation Texan retires from his 38-year military career in February.
A petition to change New Zealand's flag to better represent the country's national identity has been withdrawn after it failed to get enough signatures.
Liam Fox, the Conservative Party's shadow foreign secretary, believes that British schools should be required to fly the Union Flag. Fox said that flying the flag would remind pupils of their shared values and ensure that future generations did not become alienated from society.
The Courthouse in Grant County, Minnesota was built in 1905. On June 24, 2005, in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Courthouse, the time capsule placed in the corner stone was removed and opened.
Kyrgyzstan has adopted a presidential flag:
As the World War II generation is passing, there is an increasing interest in returning Japanese flags to the families of the men who carried then into the war. These flags, sometimes referred to as prayer flags, "were reminders of home as well as patriotic symbols. When a Japanese man was drafted during World War II, neighbors and family would wish him luck and sign their names to the flag. He would carry the folded flag under his uniform for good luck."
H.K. Edgerton is former head of the NAACP in Asheville, North Carolina. In recent years he has lead a campaign to protect the display of Confederate flags. A few weeks ago he was in Maryville, Tennessee, to protest a plan to oppose a plan to ban clothing with images of Confederate flags from the schools of that city. He is now in Ohio County, Kentucky, opposing another proposed flag ban.
Frances Major began working for Valley Forge Flag Company in 1941. Friday was her last day on the job. She is retiring after sixty-four years as "a modern day Betsy Ross."
There have been a lot of flag related responses to the London bombings. An example is the following from the July 5th edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
A few years ago, citizens of India were not permitted to fly the flag of India. That changed, but the Indian Flag Code still did not allow wearing the flag, which caused some controversy when Indian athletes were told to remove the flag from their helmet or caps.