Flags of the Day
Today is Independence Day in Brunei; Republic Day in Guyana; and Day of Defenders of the Motherland in Russia. It is also Iwojima Day in the United States; and the Memorial of St Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, martyr. On this date in 1861, the voters of Texas ratify the ordinance of secession adopted by the Texas Convention on February 4th; but the secession would not be official until March 2, 1861, the 15th anniversary of Texan independence from Mexico.
Animated flags provided courtesy of Pascal Gross.