2010-06-10 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Monday is Flag Day. It falls each year on June 14 – between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July – and is not as well known or observed as much as those two holidays.

It is believed that the day originated in 1885, when a schoolteacher in Fredonia, Wis. arranged for pupils in the schools there to observe June 14, the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes, as “flag birthday.”

On June 14, 1889, a kindergarten teacher in New York City planned appropriate flag ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing the flag was later adopted by the state Board of Education. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a flag celebration.

In April, 1893, the mayor of Philadelphia accepted a resolution adopted by the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America that proclaimed that all in authority and all private citizens display the flag on June 14. That same month, Philadelphian Colonel J. Granville Leach recommended that thereafter, the day be known as Flag Day and schoolchildren be assembled for appropriate exercises with each child being given a small flag. In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14, the flags be displayed on all public buildings.

Inspired by decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after President Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

In 1863, George Frederick Root wrote, “Yes, we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again,

“Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.”

Fly Old Glory on Monday.

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The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association will sponsor a coloring contest this Sunday, June 13, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event is being held in cooperation with the R.I. Parks group (DEM), which is hosting family day at Beavertail. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade, and the winning drawing – chosen by a panel of six artists – will be silkscreened on a t-shirt and sold in the lighthouse gift shop.

Dorrie Linn, BLMA contest chair, urges all Jamestown children to participate, but children are welcome from any Rhode Island town. There is a cash prize for the winning entry and gifts for the runners-up. Questions? Call Dorrie at 742-1885.

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Head Rocket ‘hog Gregg Charest reports that donations came in last week from Bill and Marion Sheehan of Cole Street, Karen and Tony Rafanelli of Intrepid Lane, William and Margaret Petrarca of East Shore Road, Bob and Julia Bailey of Bay Street, Mark and Karen Carnevale of Bridge View Drive, and George Lewis and Amy Weatherbee from Westford, Mass.

Gregg said, “We’ve been hearing reports that some donations are being returned by the post office – there’s an issue with our address of Box 1776 – but it’s important to note that the problem lies with the computer scanning done in Providence, and not our helpful P.O. employees in Jamestown! While we try to iron this all out, we ask that people send their donations to P.O. Box 195, 02835.”

The ‘hogs will be selling tshirts with Don Bousquet’s explosive new design, and hats with the familiar Bousquet-designed Rocket Hog logo, every Saturday morning outside Jamestown Hardware. T-shirts are $20, and hats are $25.

“We’re pretty far behind, as always, and there’s a little less than a month to the Big Day.”

Now’s the time for all islanders to rally once again around the ‘hogs.

KABOOM!

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Last Friday, we watched a large tanker making her way up the East Passage and under the Newport Bridge. We wondered what she was carrying.

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Sam Bari and Peter Pemantell came in with the answer to last week’s poser from B.J. It’s James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” Peter added, “I was fortunate to have seen his act in Norfolk, Va., in 1966. Great performance!”

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In an item in the May 20 column, it was stated that Dragonline studio, located on a rock overlooking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, is the highest peak on Conanicut Island.

Is it?

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Another poser for Father’s Day from B.J.:

Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee

And with a smile he’d change my tears to laughter.

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Readers’ posers are always welcome.

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We goofed! It was Fred Brome who played the king in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s 1995 production of “Cinderella.” How could we have forgotten his stellar performance? We bow to the king and ask his forgiveness.

*** We’re hearing good things about The Shack at West Ferry, great food and an outstanding view. Best of all, lots of parking space.

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From the “Superior Person’s Second Book of Weird & Wondrous Words”– Dendrophilous a. Attracted to or living in trees. The correct epithet for militant savethe forest conservationists, especially those who chain themselves to trees or pole-sit in the branches overhead.

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Featured speaker at tonight’s annual meeting of the Friends of the Jamestown Library will be noted artist Richard Grosvenor, who will speak on the history of architecture in the Jamestown and Newport area, with special attention to the architecture of James C. Buttrick.

The general public is invited to the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the library. Refreshments will be served.

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A Snapple cap moment: Most Koala bears sleep about 22 hours a day.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 423-0383 or 829-2760, or email us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com.

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