November 13, 1995 |
On Veterans Day, the flags come out and marching bands play patriotic airs, but the celebration is tempered with somber reflection. In Media, as in towns across the country, the efforts of veterans were recalled with parades, pageantry, and poignancy on Saturday.
July 31, 1988 |
In the Mayfair business district, the Flags and the Placards slug it out. No, two gangs haven't converged there for a turf battle. Rather, merchants continue to debate whether bright yellow flags or new placards should decorate the main shopping strips of Mayfair on Frankford Avenue and Cottman Avenue. The issue arose out of discontent among the merchants because they can't put up holiday lights. Some merchants want to get rid of the flags and install lighted signs that also would provide the wiring they need for holiday lights.
March 8, 1991 |
Students of American history know that this year marks the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. But how many youngsters can remember when the state of Pennsylvania ratified the Bill of Rights? No less an authority than Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker) will answer that question on Sunday at Carpenters Hall in Independence National Historical Park. Jefferson will preside over "A Festival of Flags," unveiling a year-long exhibit of flags representing the states that ratified the Bill of Rights.
June 15, 2000 |
Do you know Philadelphia has its own "Christmas menorahs" of sorts? I never heard of such things until I read my niece's wonderful story book, "The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate," by Janice Cohn. The book tells the story of Jewish residents of Billings, Mont., victimized by a hate-mail campaign apparently organized by racist groups in the area. The situation reached a horrific crescendo at the holiday season when the town's only synagogue was vandalized, bomb threats were made and two families' menorahs were trashed.
January 26, 1990 |
Step right up! Own a professional football team for a mere $430. A chance at the crumbled Cowboys or feckless Falcons? "Fraid not. In this league the players don flags instead of pads. But Darryl E. Jones, president and commissioner of the spanking new Continental Flag Football League, says pigskin buffs will shell out $7 apiece to sit on brittle bleachers for the pleasure of watching February football. Flag February football. "This is just as exciting as football with pads, just as physical," said Jones, 23, a Bronx, N.Y., native, in an interview.
February 27, 1991 |
Eighteen youths from four Burlington County communities have been charged with stealing at least 33 U.S. flags from the lawns and porches of about two dozen Delanco homes over the Presidents' Day weekend. Police said 17 males and one female from Delanco, Delran, Palmyra and Riverside - ranging in age from 14 to 17 - were charged between Friday and Sunday "The flags were stolen as a lark by the juveniles and did not involve any political or anti-war significance," said Delanco Patrolman Kevin Russell.
September 3, 1988 |
More than 100 emotional demonstrators of Ukrainian, Armenian and Latvian descent shook their fists at City Hall yesterday protesting the removal of their national flags from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. While the furious protestors chanted their anger outside City Hall, a spokeswoman for Mayor Goode was telling the media that the mayor had ordered the flags restored. The demonstration broke up with the protestors never knowing they had won a victory. Later, Orysia Hewka, director of the Ukrainian Education and Cultural Center, said she was "totally delighted," to hear the city had relented.
July 30, 1988 |
The flags are black, white, green and red, and they flutter outside scores of stone houses and shacks, in more than a dozen villages and refugee camps. They are the flags of the Palestinian people and the PLO, and they are illegal in Israeli-occupied territory. The displays of the flags are one of the widespread symbols of rebellion in the nearly eight-month-old intifadah, or uprising, by the Palestinians. While stones and Molotov cocktails are aimed at provoking and injuring Israeli soldiers, hanging Palestinian flags from trees and telephone poles is designed to send another message.
June 17, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - A Confederate flag that had been hanging inside the Capitol as part of a historical exhibit was taken down Wednesday after objections from a state representative from Philadelphia, officials said. Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D., Phila.) initially took the flag down herself late Tuesday and turned it in to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), who gave it to Capitol police, legislative officials said. Brown, who chairs the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, told reporters her problem with the flag's display was that the placard under it did not "properly say that this was a symbol of hatred, murder, and oppression.
May 30, 2014
MANY MILITARY graves in Huntingdon Valley's Forest Hills Cemetery were insultingly without traditional American flags on Memorial Day, a day devoted to those who gave their all. Playing out against the backdrop of the Veterans Administration scandal, it makes you wonder if Americans just give lip service to those who gave real service. Until last year, Montgomery County commissioners supplied about 1,800 American flags to be placed on the graves of veterans at Forest Hills, according to Jimmy Kane.