Flags of the Day
Today is Flag Day in India; and Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
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.
BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI--Biloxi residents got their first look today at the devastation Hurricane Katrina wreaked on their famed beach front.
The Vietnam News Agency has published an article on Nguyen Huu Tien, the revolutionary who designed the red flag with the yellow star used by the Viet Minh, which became the national flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
"Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - A Malaysian men's magazine may be censured for a cover featuring a semi-nude female model draped in the national flag that has sparked an uproar among Muslims, a senior official said on Monday."
Students at Maryville High School in East Tennessee flew their Confederate battle flags at the football game against their rivals in Alcoa. Maryville's ban on flag sticks and poles only applies at home games.
Bob Adamowski, of the State of Washington, has donated a rare 47-star US flag to the Smithsonian Institution. Officially, there never was a 47-star US flag, because the flag can be changed only on the Fourth of July. But unofficially, the flag was correct for a few weeks. New Mexico became the 47th state January 6, 1912, and Arizona the 48th state the following February 14. So on July 4, the official flag switched from 46 to 48 stars.
In 1958 a Lancaster, Ohio, high school student made a 50 star flag as a school project. His teacher gave him a "B-" grade. Two years later, when President Eisenhower presented it as the new flag design, the teacher raised his grade to an "A".
There is a surprisingly good article on current perceptions of the Confederate battle flag (erroneously refered to as the "Stars and Bars") in yesterday's edition of the Indianapolis Star.
Pilgrims from the United States had been warned not to display their flag during the World Youth Day in the city of Cologne, Germany, because it might make them targets of political hatred. The young Catholics decided to display their flag anway, because "they were not ashamed to be American."
Monday is Russian Flag Day, but the folks in St. Petersburg are getting an early start on the celebration.
Jeep owners created a US flag made of Jeeps at the 11th annual Camp Jeep® in the Pocono Mountains, as part of the National Anthem Project, a national effort to re-teach Americans the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
An attempt this Wednesday to unfurl the world's largest flag from the top of a new Jakarta tower block failed to fly when it was torn apart by strong winds. The unravelling of the 164 foot wide and 512 foot long flag was part of the Indonesia's 60th independence day celebrations.
The students and teachers at a Malaysian school ushered in the Merdeka Month celebration by creating a giant Malaysian flag out of 700kg of "pulut" (glutinous rice).
The city of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has joined the growing list of communities and States that have officially designated the flag of the former Republic of Vietnam as the flag of their local Vietnamese community.
The laws in India about flag useage may have relaxed, but on Monday a man was arrested after he drew a picture of an Indian flag on a piece of paper for his grandson.
Until recently, it was illegal for any other than Government facilities to fly the national flag of India in India. Now that the ban has been removed, flag sales are much higher for today's Independence Day celebrations than in the past.
A controversy has divided Mozambique over a plan to redesign the flag and the national emblem, which sports an AK-47 assault rifle, to reflect the country's return to peace, with critics blasting it as a waste of money and time.