State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
"It's a piece of history. I don't think the average citizen knows it's missing."
Shirley Dreifus, referring to an American flag that flew at Ground Zero.
September 11, 2001.
Six hours after the
When the three arrived at Ground Zero, they found a long pole, attached Old Glory, and raised the Stars and Stripes, unaware that photographer Thomas Franklin of The Record newspaper in
A representative at Eder Flag manufacturing in
Thomas Franklin’s photo instantly was compared to another famous flag-raising, the Battle of Iwo Jima.
“The three firemen were guests of honor as the flag was run up the (NY) City Hall pole. But Dan McWilliams, one of the firemen, said softly, ‘That's not the flag.” Bill Kelly, the firefighters' lawyer, stared at him. ‘That's much bigger than the one we put up,’ McWilliams explained. Kelly says he looked at the other two firemen: ‘They said, No, that's not it.' The men said nothing more, and the flag flew at City Hall for a week before beginning a tour of police stations and firehouses. It was an impostor.
The flag in the photograph taken on 9/11 by Thomas Franklin of The Record of
How did the flags get switched? Did someone replace the smaller with the larger at Ground Zero? If so,why? And what happened to the original?
Was the first flag replaced because it was too small? Was it lowered when it began to rain and innocently switched with another flag found at the site? Did someone in the fire department not want to let the Navy borrow it? Once the photo appeared on the front page of the
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Shirley Dreifus, the owner of the yacht that produced the famous flag writes on her web site:
“Nearly every day we remember 9/11 and how our lives changed in such a short time. Not only did we work in the
The Dreifus’ plan to establish a not-for-profit group to find the flag.
Flag Day is sandwiched between Memorial Day and Independence Day and celebrated June 14, every year. Flag Day is inspired by a
Nineteen-year old Bernard Cigrand entered his Waubeka, Wisconsin classroom one day during 1885 and placed a 10-inch American Flag into the inkwell of a student’s desk. Cigrand then gave his students a simple assignment: Write an essay about the meaning of the flag.
Cigrand was passionate about the Stars and Stripes and desired to make his students just as proud. What began as a class project blossomed into a full-blown crusade to have an annual nationwide observance. Why June 14? The history novice preferred June 14, the day in 1777 the Flag was raised for the very first time to dedicate a brand new nation. Cigrand is considered today to be the Father of Flag Day.
How strong is the symbolism of our great flag? Section 8 of the U.S. Flag Code says, “No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the
George Washington proclaimed, "We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty."
On Flag Day, and other days as well, display your flag proudly and appropriately. Pause to think about the enormous significance of the Stars and Stripes and the many heroic Americans that gave so much defending its honor so that we may live in the greatest, freest country in the world.