In My Own Backyard

My flagpole

This won’t come as much of a surprise, but my favorite part of EPCOT is the American Pavilion. I especially like the hall of flags with historical American flags. A couple of years ago, I had a flagpole installed in the yard. I think the idea terrified my landscape designer who repeatedly suggested moving it to the side. But a flagpole needs to be dead center on the lawn. My office has given me flags as gifts and I rotate them. I love the Gadsden flag (the yellow Don’t Tread on Me flag), but I can’t fly it any more. Since its been appropriated for current political issues, I’d rather not use it now.

This gave me a good reason to buy some new flags. The Commodore Perry “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag has wonderful typography. Of course, everyone should have a Betsy Ross 13 star flag, and I needed the Culpeper Minute Men flag as many relatives served under it. I’m desperate for a 48 star flag. Not because I hate Hawaii and Alaska, but because the stars fit so neatly in rows. My next step is to buy some nautical flags and spell out dirty words.

Hall of Flags, American Adventure, EPCOT

Commodore Perry flag

Betsy Ross flag

Bennington flag

48 star flag

Culpeper Minute Men flag

Benjamin Franklin, Join of Die flag

Washington's Cruisers flag

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One Response to “In My Own Backyard”

  1. Michelle French Says:

    Have I ever told you about the flag burning ceremony we did in Girl Scouts? It was a 48-star flag that had been badly abused and was stuffed in the back of a cupboard for many, many years. The muslin stripes were sewn and the stars were canvas and pasted on. The muslin burned away instantly, but the canvas stars drifted up into the sky as they burned.