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30 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Flags

To those who fly them, flags have deep meaning and represent a vast array of things. Each flag has a story behind it, and I’m going to fill you in on some fun facts about a few of them. Did you know… 1. According to the Flag Code, the American flag should never be used for […]

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I have my Red, White and Blue. Now what?

…Fly her! If you’ve never considered all the hows & whens to fly your flag, I urge you to read on.   First of all, there is a federal code that you must follow when displaying your flag for any occasion. Don’t worry, it’s only a “code” – not a law – and I promise if […]

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“It took a lot of punishment.”

Captain Bill Cooper was an American World War II fighter.  He flew 70 missions, including during D-Day, Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Holland. One of his planes was the P-47 Thunderbolt, of which he said, “It took a lot of punishment.” Shot down three times, he always managed to get back to […]

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Blow the Bridge or Die!

On Easter Sunday morning 1972, Marine Corps Captain John Ripley was in a South Vietnamese village. He was there to help train 600 South Vietnamese Marines. But no one was thinking about that now. An enemy armored division had appeared on the other side of the river. Two hundred tanks and 20,000 men were assembling […]

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Courage

Men need cool and aggressive leadership when under fire. Captain Roger Donlon displayed just that on July 5, 1964. At 2:26 AM a barrage of mortar shells rained on his Special Forces Detachment camp. He had just written to his wife, “All hell is going to break loose here before the night is over.” He […]

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“Turn back, turn back! We’re whipped.”

It was July 31st, 1861. Federal troops were just north of Manassas, Virginia. There were many who thought they would send the Rebels reeling, putting an end to the rebellion. The day was Sunday, and a throng of civilian sightseers had come down from the U.S. capitol, just 25 miles away. Lieutenant Tibdall commanded a […]

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A Military Coup Threatened

George Washington paused and said, “Gentlemen, you must pardon me.” But I get ahead of myself. It was 1782. Except for some skirmishes, hostilities in the Revolutionary War had ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis at Yorktown. But a peace treaty had not not yet been negotiated and signed, and British garrisons were still on American […]

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Corporal Tony Stein and “Stinger”

Tony saw plenty of combat in the Pacific. But he is most famed for his actions at the Battle of Iwo Jima. A son of immigrants, Tony Stein enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, becoming a Paramarine. Paramarines were an experiment to test the idea of dropping Marines into battle. His regiment saw plenty […]

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They Told Him to Take His Flagpole Down

Retired Army Colonel Van T. Barfoot loved his country and had served it bravely in three wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. So, he proudly flew his American flag on a 21 foot pole in the front yard of his Virginia home. But in December 2009, his local homeowners’ association told the veteran, now 90 years […]

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