June 18, 1992 |
In North Coventry Township, Humphrys Flag Co. of Pottstown unfurled the world's biggest flag on Sunday, Flag Day. Thomas "Ski" Demsky of Long Beach, Calif., ordered the "Superflag," specifying that it be American-made. He plans to tour the country with it.
June 15, 1987 |
In the Vietnam War, 58,022 U.S. soldiers were killed, taken prisoner or listed as missing in action. Yesterday, Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans honored those soldiers on Flag Day with a flag for each soldier - 58,022 one- foot flags. Volunteers planted the flags - some red, white and blue American flags, others plain black to designate those still missing in action - into the hard, clay soil at Mill Creek Valley Park at Silver Lake, near Bristol in Bucks County. They followed the same dimensions - a 500-foot-long wedge - as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington.
June 15, 1996 |
On the American flag's 219th birthday, Amber Wright, 9, watches festivities at Independence National Historical Park. Wright, of Monroe, Wis., and others in the crowd got a chance to sink their teeth into something else red, white and blue yesterday - a giant cake depicting the 50-star version of the flag.
June 18, 1989 |
Flag Day is a big day for Philadelphia flag makers. It's big enough that they build their year around it. It's the causative factor for the biggest bulge in their production schedules. Because Philadelphia is considered the flag capital of the nation, that makes June 14 a very important day. But not so for the other half of the industry, the flagpole makers and the steeplejacks who maintain the poles. You can take Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, lump them all together, and they won't generate nearly as much flag business as the fall reopening of school, according to Frank Atkinson Jr. Atkinson, who at 60 bills himself as the country's oldest steeplejack, said his busy season started about Sept.
April 18, 1991 |
As U.S. Rep. Dick Schulze unfolded the crisp, clean United States flags, he commended the Smith and Authier families of the Main Line for their strength and courage during Operation Desert Storm, in which their loved ones served. "The families usually give up more than those (who serve)," said Schulze, a Republican who represents the Fifth District. "So we thought it would be appropriate to give each of those families a flag. " Both flags had flown over the Capitol in Washington and were presented to the families Friday at Schulze's Paoli office as a symbol of patriotic appreciation.
June 8, 1995 |
For 16-year-old Andrew Kerr, Flag Day is almost bigger than Christmas. That's the time of year he heads to Yeadon with his family and his mellophone - an instrument similar to the French horn - to pay tribute not only to the Stars and Stripes but to the man credited with founding the national holiday. His great-grandfather, William T. Kerr. Kerr, who resided in Yeadon most of his life, led a 60-year campaign to make Flag Day a national holiday. In 1949, his efforts finally paid off when President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law with Kerr at his side.
June 12, 2009
MY WIFE bought a new American flag. It looks so sharp flying above the front porch, sandwiched between the dogwood and red maple, with a giant evergreen in the background. Our old flag had seen better days, flip-flopping in the wind and becoming torn, tattered and tangled on the porch pole. This new flag means more to me than a new car because of what it represents. You can't buy courage and bravery, hope and purity, reverence to God, loyalty, justice, power and ambition.
September 18, 2000 |
Generally, you left scratching your head. Sometimes the calls seemed wrong. Others, the plays were not so bright. Unquestionably, the whistles and flags flew yesterday with an alarming frequency. The Eagles incurred 12 penalties for 115 yards, by far the most penalties and yards suffered since Andy Reid became head coach last season. It is the most penalties and yards since they took 15 for 140 in Arizona on Nov. 2, 1997. Like that frustrating day in Tempe, they were not happy about the calls in Green Bay. "It was ridiculous," said free safety Brian Dawkins, who was flagged for defensive holding when, he said, he was nowhere near the play.
June 15, 1989 |
Plenty of red, white and blue decorated the streets of Yeadon on Saturday as residents celebrated Flag Day with a parade, games and fireworks. Yeadon was the home of William T. Kerr, the founder of Flag Day, which was first celebrated in 1916, and for residents, Flag Day has the same significance as Independence Day. The actual holiday was yesterday, but the celebration traditionally is held on the Saturday before the holiday. The holiday marks the adoption of the Revolutionary flag by the Continental Congress in 1777.
June 14, 2000 |
Under the whir of eight metallic Singer sewing machines, Kathy Keeley meticulously put needle to nylon and began to stitch a 50th one-foot-wide star on the blue fabric. Though she spends almost 60 hours a week at the Humphrys Flag Co. factory in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Keeley finds the work still piling up for herself and a dozen other seamstresses. At Humphrys, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer that sends custom flags all over the world, orders of American flags are on the rise.