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Half-Staff Alaska Flags – Honoring Niilo Koponen

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Alaska State Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, December 11th in honor of former State Representative Niilo Koponen. Koponen represented Fairbanks in the Alaska Legislature from 1983-1992.
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Half-Staff Flags – All – Honoring Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 6th, 2013

American Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, December 6th through Monday, December 9th throughout the United States in honor of Nelson Mandela. Mandela who was once a prisoner and rose to become President in South Africa will be forever remembered for his passion and actions in striving for freedom and peace for all.

DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Today, the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity — Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages.

Nelson Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man. His own struggle inspired others to believe in the promise of a better world, and the rightness of reconciliation. Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed South Africa — and moved the entire world. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the life of nations or our own personal lives.

While we mourn his loss, we will forever honor Nelson Mandela’s memory. He left behind a South Africa that is free and at peace with itself — a close friend and partner of the United States. And his memory will be kept in the hearts of billions who have been lifted up by the power of his example.

We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. It falls to us to carry forward the example that he set — to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; and to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 9, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA
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Half-Staff Flags – All – National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013

American Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, December 7th throughout the United States in honor of 2013 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. We honor the lives of those that battled and perished in the dreadful attack on Pearl Harbor.

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our resilience, and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly sacrificed for our country, and we show our enduring gratitude to all who fought to defend freedom against the forces of tyranny and oppression in the Second World War.

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor and to defend our Nation against future attacks, scores of young Americans enlisted in the United States military. In battle after battle, our troops fought with courage and honor. They took the Pacific theater island by island, and eventually swept through Europe, liberating nations as they progressed. Because of their extraordinary valor, America emerged from this test as we always do — stronger than ever before.

We also celebrate those who served and sacrificed on the home front — from families who grew Victory Gardens or donated to the war effort to women who joined the assembly line alongside workers of every background and realized their own power to build a brighter world. Together, our Greatest Generation overcame the Great Depression, and built the largest middle class and strongest economy in history.

Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA
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10 Best State Flag Designs – by USA Today

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The people at www.10best.com (A division of USA Today), recently posted one of their surveys on the best State Flag Designs. Those that read the article and voted in the survey selected New Mexico as the best designed state flag. New Mexico was followed in the voting by: Colorado, Texas, California, New Hampshire, Arizona, Ohio, Alaska, Michigan and Kansas. Did your state make the list? The designs of many state flags are deep in traditions. Some flags feature state seals and motto’s while others feature symbols or particular color combinations. Ohio boast the only state flag that is not rectangular in shape and this could be what landed them on the 10 Best list. The Texas flag has long been a favorite of many people. All Star Flags was surprised to see Kansas, Michigan and New Hampshire on the list as these designs are some of the more typical for state flags. We were surprised that Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and South Carolina weren’t on the list. These flags are usually viewed as extremely popular designs.

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-state-flags/

To learn more about the origin of each state flag, read our article:  http://www.allstarflags.com/facts/state-flag-descriptions/

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