April 13, 2006 |
The American flag that "so proudly we hail'd," the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's "Star-Spangled Banner," will be the focal point of an $85-million renovation at the National Museum of American History in Washington. In 1998, museum officials determined the tattered flag measuring 30 by 42 feet could no longer support its own weight when hung vertically. The museum will close Sept. 5 and reopen in summer 2008 with a new flag room for displaying the historic 15-star banner.
June 16, 2006 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a nod Thursday to a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from desecration, moving it to the Senate floor, where both sides say it could be within one vote of passing. The vote was 11 to 7. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has said the measure will get a Senate vote this month. The amendment's substance and timing, between Flag Day and July Fourth, are designed to appeal to veterans during this year of midterm elections.
June 14, 1990 |
Reluctant Democrats pushed a constitutional amendment against flag burning past its first congressional hurdle Wednesday, just two days after the Supreme Court threw out the federal flag-protection law. Rep. Robert W. Kastenmeier (D-Wis.) said: "It's unseemly that we're rushing to judgment" as the proposed amendment whisked though the House constitutional and civil rights subcommittee.
February 21, 1991 |
The House on Wednesday approved a resolution calling on Americans to fly the flag in support of U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf. The non-binding resolution was approved 409-0.
January 16, 2007 |
Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph R. Biden Jr. said he thinks the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia, where its presence remains an issue more than six years after the flag was taken down from the Capitol dome. "As people become more and more aware of what it means to African Americans here, this is only a matter of time," the Delaware senator said at a National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People rally at the Statehouse.
July 13, 1987 |
The governor of the Philippine central bank thinks it was a mistake to print the U.S. flag prominently on the new 100-peso note, the newspaper Malaya reported Sunday. "The artist made a mistake in giving undue prominence to the American flag," Gov. Jose Fernandez was quoted as having said. But Fernandez was reported as also saying that the new bill will probably remain in circulation to prevent a shortage of the notes, which are worth about $5.
April 23, 1989 |
President Bush Friday ordered that flags be flown at half staff as a mark of respect for the 47 crewmen who were killed on the battleship Iowa. The order, contained in a presidential proclamation, will remain in effect until sunset Tuesday. It applies to flags on all public buildings and grounds, at military posts and naval stations, on naval vessels and U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts abroad. Bush will attend a memorial service for the victims on Monday in Norfolk, Va., home port of the Iowa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992 |
A.G. Currie Middle School students gathered Tuesday to celebrate their cultural diversity with the unfurling of 65 foreign flags that represent the homelands of many of the students. The flags, spanning the globe from Zimbabwe to Scotland to Brazil, will become a permanent fixture on the campus. "Some people will look at this kind of diversity as an obstacle. We don't," said Principal Dan Brooks. "We are looking to build upon our diversity as a strength."