And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz. (This issue’s quizmaster: Tony Burton of the Flag Society of Australia.)
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About two years ago I wrote a letter to the Chicago Fire Department requesting an old Chicago flag that had flown over a fire station. I just received the flag.
It flew over Engine 83 which was 2.6 miles from where I used to live in Chicago.
I wanted to find a new home for the flag so I went to Troutdale Fire Station 75 and asked if they knew any firefighters with a Chicago connection. They referred me to Joe Griffin of Gresham Fire Station 76.
I connected with Joe, who has family in Chicago and goes to back there about once a year. I gave him the flag.
As with other flags the stars and stripes represent different things. On the Chicago flag each point of the stars has a different meaning. For example, the second red star represents the Chicago Fire of 8–10 October 1871. The points of the second star signify religion, education, esthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.
Chicago adopted the original version of the flag in 1917. Since then, it has added stars, and now flies extensively throughout the city. The design has been voted one of the best in the country and has inspired other city flags.
As the recent 4th-of-July-weekend Blues Festival began, Portlanders continued their tradition of protest, often using flags. At times that involved burning them.
The right-wing group Patriot Prayer planned a two-hour “Freedom March” at Tom McCall Waterfront Park with “a small amount of speeches to promote freedom and courage”. On Facebook it said “Fear will not silence Americans in these liberal strongholds. Please bring your best behavior.”
The opposition group Rose City Antifa [anti-fascist] organized an opposition rally called “Enough: Stop Patriot Prayer Now!” On Facebook it said “We will not allow our community to be overrun by fascists and those who make excuses for them.”
Most demonstrators had passionate but peaceful conversations. However, one fight started after some Antifa protesters burned flags. One man tried to hit others with a broken flag pole.
This behavior follows an incident where anti-Trump protesters burned American flags (and one Texas flag) in Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown on 20 January, Inauguration Day.
The Flag Fusions of Pedro Lasch (Scott Mainwaring)
A New Flag for Burlington, Vermont (Ted Kaye)
Travels with Flags (Michael Orelove)
Oregon Flag Registry Update
And, as always highlights from our last meeting, a roundup of flag news and notes, sightings of the Portland city flag, and the What’s That Flag quiz. Keen eyed readers may also spot a terrible flag joke, not counting the visual pun below (and, please, send us better ones!).
A Flag for Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand (John Moody)
The Wavy Symbolism of Potamological Vexillology–in Puerto Rico (Carlos Alberto Morales Ramirez)
An Enormous Romanian Flag Made of Light (Ted Kaye)
Burgees of the Portland Area
Art in Second Life (David Koski)
And, as always, it includes the What’s That Flag? quiz, Flags in the News (news stories featuring flags), Flutterings (highlights from the last PFA meeting), and Portland Flag Miscellany (news about Portland’s city flag). Each new issue is sent out to our email subscribers list as a PDF attachment. If you would like to be added to that list, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your name, contact info (address and e-mail) and interest in flags.