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June 14, 2006

Athena on Flag Day

Because Flag Day is every child's favorite holiday!

You can see the entire set o' pictures here.

Posted by john at June 14, 2006 11:36 AM

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Mary | June 14, 2006 12:14 PM

Aw, more great pictures of Athena.

Reading "Flag Day" always starts the Housemartins song in my mind. It's still one of the world's most bitter and beautiful political songs.

PeterP | June 14, 2006 12:23 PM

Also, it's my birthday. :)

John Scalzi | June 14, 2006 12:30 PM

Happy birthday!

Lars | June 14, 2006 01:07 PM


That kind of cuteness has to be coached, it just has to be.

Bill Marcy | June 14, 2006 01:18 PM

Sorry John, While she is as cute as a button, the flag should never touch the ground, no matter if it is a cute little elf allowing it. Men have died to keep the flag from the dirt, the least we can do is respect that.

Other than that, grat pictures.

John Scalzi | June 14, 2006 01:27 PM

Bill Marcy:

"Sorry John, While she is as cute as a button, the flag should never touch the ground, no matter if it is a cute little elf allowing it."

I'll let Athena field this one, Bill:

"Well, of course no one should do that, because if you let it drop to the ground, then that means you don't respect your country's flag. And the only reason you can burn it is if it is all like tore up. And if you burn it for any other reason it's just stupid. Don't you dare. Oh and by the way, I didn't let it drop to the ground, and I definitely did not let it burn."

Incidentally, after we were done talking these pictures, I showed her the proper way to fold it and put it away. So, you know. Relax.

Bill Marcy | June 14, 2006 01:40 PM

Good Girl!

As a retired Marine, I am really proud of you!

Tripp | June 14, 2006 02:19 PM

Bill Marcy,

I really hope the men who died did so protecting what the flag represents and not the physical object itself.

Personally I've never intentionally let the flag touch the ground but I know that the flag is a symbol of what I respect.

Steve Brady | June 14, 2006 02:20 PM

Hmm, I dunno John, you're coming awfully close to some of the subsections in Section 4 here:

http://www.bcpl.net/~etowner/flagcode.html

:P

Of course, I happen to think that a young child delightfully wrapping herself in a big flag is wonderfully patriotic...

Tripp | June 14, 2006 02:47 PM

Steve,

I think the flag code is kinda like the Bible - some people like me try to look at the big picture and respect the big things and some people go for the details.

Around these parts I see a fair amount of minor flag violations, mostly by businesses, but I tend to let them go. They are violations like tattered flags and flags left up overnight in the dark. Mostly neglectful things.

Bill Marcy | June 14, 2006 04:28 PM

Tripp,

The Flag itself is the thing of respect, it is not jsut a symbol, but a living embodiment of those ideals (or as close as you can get to living, in a non-living kinda way .)

In Lebanon, I watched a man run out onto a pile of rubble that was our barracks to retrieve the flag form it's fallen state, myself and my fellow Marines provided cover for him, it was more important than perimeter security at the time. , what can you do.

Annalee Flower Horne | June 14, 2006 05:04 PM

...so...much...cute...

If making an LJ icon out of pictures of someone else's kid wouldn't be rude, creepy, a violation of copyright, and all around wierd, I'd totally go make a 'too cute for words' flag day set right now.

CoolBlue | June 14, 2006 05:57 PM

Bill Marcy

In Lebanon, I watched a man run out onto a pile of rubble that was our barracks to retrieve the flag form it's fallen state, myself and my fellow Marines provided cover for him, it was more important than perimeter security at the time

Yeah then there's that picture I remember seeing a few times of some Marines raising the flag on Mt Suribachi at Iwo Jima. Most don't know the history of that flag raising and think it was placed there at the end of the battle. But it wasn't.

The Marines had to take that mountain first immediately after landing to secure the beachhead through which more men and materials would be brought. Without that beachhead, the battle for Iwo Jima was lost.

The Marines fought a literal uphill battle that was bought by the yard in blood for four days because the Japanese were dug in well.
The landing took place on Feb 19th. The flag was raised on Feb 23rd. Iwo Jima wasn't declared secured for another month.

To give a historical perspective, during the battle for Iwo Jima, 7,000 US marines were killed and they suffered 26,000 casualties. One battle in one theater.

Of the six men shown in the picture raising the flag on Mt Suribachi (Block, Bradley, Hayes, Gagnon, Sousley & Strank) two (Sousley & Strank) would die in battle before the island was secured.

The raising of that flag inspired everyone who saw it and was an incredible morale boost for the men in the month-long battle to come.

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

Gather round me people there's a story I would tell
About a brave young Indian you should remember well
From the land of the Pima Indian
A proud and noble band
Who farmed the Phoenix valley in Arizona land

Down the ditches for a thousand years
The water grew Ira's peoples' crops
'Till the white man stole the water rights
And the sparklin' water stopped

Now Ira's folks were hungry
And their land grew crops of weeds
When war came, Ira volunteered
And forgot the white man's greed

He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

There they battled up Iwo Jima's hill,
Two hundred and fifty men
But only twenty-seven lived to walk back down again

And when the fight was over
And when Old Glory raised
Among the men who held it high
Was the Indian, Ira Hayes

Oh, by the way, today is also the 231st birthday of the US Army

Hooah

Hugh | June 14, 2006 07:15 PM

The girl definitely has a future career in politics, wrapping herself up in the flag like that. ;-)

Djscman | June 14, 2006 10:42 PM

Iwo Jima: where we had flags so nice, we raised them twice!

John, if you don't mind me asking, how did you get your flag? Our family has a flag that we procured through...unusual circumstances, but do most folks go to a Wal-Mart or the like and buy a nice cloth one like the one Athena's wearing?

John Scalzi | June 14, 2006 10:52 PM

I do believe that particular flag was in fact purchased at Wal-Mart. We have another flag that was designed for a particular flag pole we had, but that pole broke and the flag wasn't designed to work with a standard flagpole. This one does.

Pewari Naan | June 15, 2006 09:04 AM

Oh bless her - the middle photo, in particular, is lovely.

anonomys | June 27, 2006 06:07 PM

what a disgrace. Kinda defeats the purpose of being patriotic if your going to disrespect the flag doesn't it.

John Scalzi | June 27, 2006 06:09 PM

Hey anonomys: Kiss my ass. Thanks.

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