Recently EAA staff attended the opening of the B-17F Memphis Belle exhibit, which honored the first heavy bomber aircraft and crew to complete 25 missions over Europe during WWII and return home to the U.S. The aircraft had previously been on display in Memphis, Tennessee, for many years. It was acquired by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in 2005 and had been in restoration until earlier this year. The opening coincided with the 75th anniversary of the crew and airplane’s 25th mission.
Look down below at that picture of two brave soldiers. The one on the left is wearing a BACKWARD American flag patch. The stars appear on the right side of the flag, not the left! But the soldier on the right is wearing a “normal” American flag patch. The stars appear on the left side of the flag, where we usually see them.
So what’s going on here??!!
The difference is the arm that the flag is worn on. If the American flag is worn on the right arm, the American flag will appear “backwards” with the stars on the right. If the American flag is worn on the left arm, the American flag appears “normal” with the stars on the left.
This is not just some random military tradition. It has to do with honoring the bravery of soldiers who are facing down an enemy and how the Stars & Stripes fly when one rushes into battle.
Back in the old days, America’s military had flag bearers on the battlefield. When these flag bearers rushed into battle with the troops, the American flag would fly from its pole with the stars always in the front. The stars always “led the way.”
The military no longer uses flag bearers in battle, but flags do “fly” on the uniforms of our brave men and women of the Armed Forces.
Take a look at this picture below of a flag bearer from the old days.
See how the flag is flying in the wind? And notice how the stars lead the way. If you see a flag bearer running into battle from that person’s left (as you look at that person’s left shoulder), the stars will be on the left side of the flag. This matches how the American flag is worn on a soldier’s left arm.
If you run to the other side of the battlefield and see the same flag bearer from the reverse side, the stars of the American flag will now be on the right. Again, the stars lead the way.
If the stars on the right arm were to be on the left side of the flag, that could be interpreted to mean that the soldier is running away from the battle. This would be a sign of cowardice and unbecoming of an American soldier! So this is why the stars are on the right. This is why, on the Stars & Stripes, STARS LEAD THE WAY. Always.
The next time you see a soldier wearing that backwards American flag, think of it as a reminder of that person’s bravery. That soldier is fighting for our freedom, and the stars always lead the way.
Celebrate life in America with this fun bamboo serving and cutting board in the shape of USA
Perfect for food prep, serving or display; board measures 17-1/2″ x 11″ x 5/8″
Show off your American pride, the included hanging hole and tie make this board a wonderful wall art option too; a perfect gift item for anyone who loves the USA
Beautiful flat grain bamboo construction is gentle on knives when used as a cutting board or serves wonderfully as a serving platter; hand wash only
250,000 Dominoes were toppled at Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine: Game On! This event features 3 new US domino records: largest domino field, largest domino structure, and largest overall domino project in America. 19 builders from 5 countries spent 7 days (over 1,200 combined hours) building the Incredible Science Machine.
A GPS golf watch is one of those things you never knew you needed. Once you get used to having it on the course, you’ll never want to golf without it again!
AUTOSHOT – Round analyzer measures shot distances with auto-recording for post-round analysis on your Garmin Connect account
STYLISH COMFORT – Fully-hinged, sleek watchband design with comfortable fit. Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
TRUSWING COMPATIBLE – When paired, Garmin TruSwing golf swing sensor provides metrics to improve your swing consistency. Display size: 0.9 x 0.9(inches)
ACTIVITY TRACKING – Reminds you to stay active on or off the course with move bar alerts. Displays steps, calories burned, distance and time of day, plus it monitors hours of sleep.
STAT TRACKING – Enhanced stats keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round
Sunlight-readable, high-resolution, monochrome. Connectivity : Bluetooth Smart and ANT+
~ AT SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK ~
Thankfully, no loggers took it down, nor forest fires or earthquakes! Just a quiet life in a California forest for all these years …. 3,200!
They had to Climb the tree with pulleys and levers, and took thousands of photos. Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together, to get this incredible portrait of the President. And here it is:
The man standing near the trunk of the tree is a good indicator of the tree’s size.
Incredible, isn’t it?
Your Awesome Gold Whiskey Bullets by Amerigo Will Arrive in a Premium and Original Freezer Base That Looks Exactly Like a Revolver, Adding to the Overall Experience and Enabling You Cool Down Your Whiskey Rocks in an Unparalleled Style.
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The History Guy remembers Robert Smalls, a hero of the Civil War from South Carolina.
The episode contains photographs from the period of the US Civil War. Although no graphic violence is shown, this was a period of conflict, which might disturb some viewers. All photos are shown in the context of the history of the era.
Who remembers Ralph Williams in the San Francisco area? Big time car dealer! This is one of the greatest commercials ever seen and it only aired once. During the late 60s, most television programs and commercials were live. There were no “pre-recorded” programs. There were some obvious problems with this method. No “retakes” and “bloopers” were a regular occurrence. The salesman quit right after this commercial. This is no blooper! This salesman was just very upset with his boss and told it like he thought it was. What a great job of ad-libbing. He never misses a beat while, if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the cameraman and soundman lose it. The commercial got on the air, but only once!(more…)