CARPINTERIA, Calif. – A new American flag depository has been set up at a Carpinteria fire station. The depository will take in old and worn American flags to be retired and disposed of by the Boy Scouts of America.
The depository is the project of Eagle Scout candidate Kameron Dayka.
Dayka raised funds through donations to purchase the depository box and a plaque with information and instructions.
The box and plaque were installed at the Carpinteria Fire Department Station 1 at 911 Walnut Avenue and was dedicated over the weekend.
Dayka and some other scouts helped clear out and update the existing landscaping at the fire station.
Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Battalion Chief Michael Gallagher said they were honored that the fire station was chosen as a location for the flag depository.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Richard Oulton’s U.S. flag — the one that stirred controversy and earned him national headlines when he pledged to fly it despite a judge’s order more than 15 years ago — has returned once again to a towering flagpole in his front yard in the Wyndham neighborhood in western Henrico County in Virginia.
Ordered by a judge to take the flagpole down in 2003 because it violated homeowner association rules, a revamped homeowners association has given him a green light.
“It’s been a 50-year fight actually because I wanted to fly a flag on my property ever since I came from Vietnam,” Oulton said Saturday at a celebration in his yard for the flag raising.
Oulton’s battle with the Wyndham Homeowners Association over his right to erect a flagpole in his front yard began in 1999. He appealed as high as the Virginia and U.S. supreme courts, both of which declined to interfere with the ruling ordering him to remove the pole.
“Twenty years ago, I got a nice house I thought it would look great on. Then I was told it was a visual nuisance and I was ordered to take it down or go to jail, basically. That was the final order from the judge. So 20 years later I persevered, and here it is. It’s clearly a beautiful flag on a beautiful pole,” Oulton said.
In 2003, Oulton estimated the battle had cost him nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
The flag is the same one Oulton flew over his bunker in Vietnam, where he served as a Marine.
Saturday’s event drew a crowd for the ceremony in Oulton’s yard at 11900 Alor Court and for a picnic-like gathering afterward with food from Mission BBQ.
Linda Delbridge said patriotism brought her and many others out.
“Knowing most of these people here and how they feel about [Oulton] and about the flag,” Delbridge said. “He has waited for over 20 years to have this flag fly.”
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Levelland veteran honored with flag from Rep. Arrington
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LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) – On Tuesday afternoon an American hero was recognized by Congressman Jodey Arrington for his leadership and sacrifice during World War II.
Levelland veteran Jimmy Price, a retired Army Sergeant, will soon turn 99. To honor him Arrington presented Price with an American flag recently flown over the U.S. Capitol building, a certificate, a firm handshake, and an even stronger thank you message.
“He’s a hero who was served with distinction and with honor and helped preserve this great experiment in liberty and democracy that we enjoy today,” Arrington said outside of Price’s home where the small gathering took place.
“I think this flag means as much to you as anything in the world,” Arrington told Price as he sat next to him.
“He set a good example to our family… to our kids… to our grand kids because he works hard. He always has his whole life. He can outwork any of us… even in his 80s and 90s, he could outdo us out in the field or in anything,” said Glenda Gibson, one of Price’s six kids, and one of Price’s four kids at the ceremony today.
Gibson says Price has always been a man of few words, especially when it comes to talking about his military career, but he always knew he had a duty to fulfill.
“It sure is nice to have some of these old-timers left…even if they don’t say much, just to look at them and shake their hand, because it’s not what they say, that matters… it’s what they did that matters,” said Arrington.
Arrington added that the country could benefit from more people like Price and veterans. “Their patriotism… their love for family and community… their commitment to service was unparalleled in the history of this country. We need that. Those are the values… that’s the characters of this country and the traditional values of this country that we so desperately need.”
Price will turn 99 next month.
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. —
A Simpsonville woman wants help identifying a man caught on doorbell video fixing her American flag.
Dawn Janke posted the Ring.com video last week at her home in the Fox Trace subdivision.
She said it was taken April 15 while she and her husband were out of town.
The video shows a man walking from his truck parked in the driveway to the front door.
As he approaches the door, he notices the American flag has fallen out of its holder on the front porch.
The man takes it upon himself to pick up the flag and return it to its holder.
The video clip touched Janke and her husband, who is retired from the Navy.
“It was so cool,” she said. “We’re Navy, so the flag means that much more to us, and the fact that he didn’t have to do this. It was just heartwarming.”
Janke said she posted the video to her Facebook page, as well as Simpsonville Residents and the Ring App page.
The post has received hundreds of comments and reactions.
Some have posted that the man works for a landscaping business, but no one had definitively identified the man.
Anyone who recognizes him, can contact Janke through the Simpsonville Residents post, so she can personally thank the man.
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