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New flagpole and flags...

As mentioned in the post below this one, we lost one of our flagpoles in a storm last week - I was flying a cotton US flag and didn't get it down in time (i.e., before the lightning started lighting the place up) and a wet cotton flag on a 20-foot pole in a 60mph wind... well, the wind won that fight. The nylon Castle flag did just fine.

I took the opportunity to get a new, stouter pole and some new bunting, too. Currently aloft with the Castle flag is the Civil War-through-Indian War era swallow-tail cavalry/artillery guidon with its gold stars arranged in a circle pattern. I also got a "Star Spangled Banner" Fort McHenry flag for those patriotic holidays where 15 stars and 15 stripes is worth the double-take, and a Grand Union Flag to add to the Civil War 35-star star and WWII 48-star flags already in the flag locker. Yeah, I've even got some boring old 50-star flags, too.  And a bunch of foreign flags as well, for visitors or Remembrance and ANZAC Days, etc.  We've had a fair number of foreign visitors to the Castle via Rotary, and their eyes light up to see their national flag flying high...



Velly nice.

I assume there's a Gadsden in the mix somewhere, eh? 
 I'd go for the Stainless Banner, or Third National. But, Sir John has already admitted to being a blue belly.
Yes, along with several other Revolution-era bits o' bunting.  And the Alamo flag, the Gonzales flag, etc.
And yer right, QM, even though there are three Confederates in the family tree, the Stars and Bars does not fly here, in any of its forms.

I'm not ashamed of Private Hays, nor Sergeant and Captain Meriwether... but I am a Yankee soldier and still take the Treasury's coin.
Well done, sir!  It is always a good day to fly our flag- in any form.

And to defend it from those who seek to destroy our flag or what it stands for!
What, none of Mike's Threepers?

Sorry for the off topic post, but the comments were apparently closed on the article I just read.

Regarding the "The Whatziss Revealed!"- I could have identified it in a heartbeat.
My father was a WW2 vet, and was assigned to the Pacific Theatre - E6, Army Air Corps. He foutunatly wound up as part of the occuping forces after the bombs were dropped.
He brought a rifle back as a souvenier, identical to the one in your article. Supposedly, the rifling had been bored out, rendering it inoperable. (At least that's what she always told me.)

He passed in 1984, leaving my mother to fend for herself in a small burg just east of Knoxville.
While she was out of state visiting my wife and I shortly after his passing, a snot nosed little ner-do-well neighbor kid (she believes) broke into her house and stole the rifle. He, or they, didn't find the bayonette. That's all she has left.
It's nice to see that picture. I used to wonder over that same style of rifle when I was a kid.
That's what ya get for being late, Greg!  And you're right - after having gotten a good look in the barrel, the rifling was bored out.  The comments close after five days so that the spammers don't dump their crap in there.
Looks gooood. I May need to break a shovel out here one day.
You know, my new neighborhood is a bit odd...I've counted three houses that have flagpoles, upon which not a single flag flies.  One of them, across the street, has a 2-blue star banner in the window, and USMC stickers on all the POVs.  Odd, that.

I'm wondering if the homeowners' association has something against flags.
 Sir John, I understand all that. Just poking you in the ribs.

I will say, OTOH, that just having served in the US Army does not make you a Yankee. Fortunately. Having to be considered among people like Jean Kerry, and Kennedy is not soemthing I would want for you in any way form or fashion. Bill ain't a Yankee either.

When I was a County Engineer in Ohio there was a War Memorial in Malta, Ohio that flew the First National, the real "Stars and Bars," sometimes called the 1st National, or provisional. The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia was not known as the "Stars and Bars" in the south, at least. The Battle Flag was later included in the canton corner of the second national, also known as the Stainless Banner, and the later 3rd national. A complaint was voiced that the Stars and Bars looked too much like the Union flag which brought about the adoption of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virgina, and later adoption by all Confederate armies.

I was a bit surprised to see the provisional flag flying at a northern memorial. I was at a meeting of the Morgan County Airport Authority and we were talking about Civil War days coming up, and told the local Vet, the chairman of teh authority (an old Zoomie who flew KC-97s for LeMay) that the Stars and Bars were flying at a public memorial in town. His eyes got big when I explained. Three years later when I left after losing re-election, the flag was still flying over that memorial. But, then, many in that area were of the opinion the south had been within her rights to secede. A goodly number of people in that area were descendants of Virgina.

Hope I didn't bruise your ribs. :-)

[Shudder]  The first level of tyrannical hell - the HOA and the Fascisti who infest the boards.
You haffta fly Mr. Pinchy.
A little out of spec for this part of the country, Boq - but you send me one, we'll fly it!
Major D., I take this opportunity to thank you again for that most excellent Gadsden flag you gave me.  The housemate bought a cheap thin imitation which is now flying, so as to save mine from the weather. The housemate is a natural-born Oath Keeper, without having even heard that there are people who call themselves that. 

Sometimes I think he is even weirder and stranger than I am, and then I remember the collar badge he wore as a sojer, and then I don't just think,  I am quite certain.  The badge has a Tudor Rose superimposed on a compass rose, superimposed on a dagger. Yup, he's one of those.