The History of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on

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Guns or Roses? Women in the Work and Military Forces

 

We’ve all seen them, the iconic and commanding images of a woman clad in anything but traditional, WWII period garb, rebelling by flexing her arm in resistance to the mechanical, German army and maybe even privately to American men, as well.  This celebrated image is of “Rosie the Riveter”, a stubborn symbol of the woman who can work to support herself, “her man” at war, and the rest of her family, too.

According to History.com, American women “entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force.”  From the perspective of women in the late thirties and early forties and from that of women today, perhaps the rise of the Germans served them positively.  Had they not had the chance to show the men in control that they really could “do it”, they would likely not have been given

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The Women Behind the Scenes

          If you’ve visited Headquarters this week, chances are you’ve met or at least seen Mrs. Sonja Adkins also known as “the Popcorn Lady”. She was in charge of selling campaign materials to the candidates, and now she is in charge of putting together the packets the Citizens will receive at the end of the week. She also takes care of paperwork for Boys State, and she assists in selecting the award recipients. She is a very hardworking woman and one who whose work is invaluable to the success of Boys State.

          Mrs. Adkins has a love for Boys State that is indescribably strong. Just sitting there talking with her is enough to know her passion for this program rivals, if not surpasses, any other. She has served for twelve years at Boys State, where she has held the positions of campaign store worker and manager, and she has

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2012 Primary Election Results

These are the City, County and Board of Education election results per county.

Primary Election Results – 2012_06_12

ALMBS State Primary Election Results

 

********** (NATIONALIST) **********

GOVERNOR
DALLAS KOKOSKA. . . . . . . . . 44 23.66

SECRETARY OF STATE
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
JACOB “Mr Gravy” SMITH . . . . . . 107 58.47

AUDITOR
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
ALEX “A-Mac” MACDONALD . . . . . . 50 27.17

TREASURER
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
MICHAEL FOUTS . . . . . . . . . 95 51.91

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
WILLIAM G SLONAKER . . . . . . . 88 47.83

ATTORNEY GENERAL
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
DONALD “The Waterboy” BOUCHER. . . . 77 41.40

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
(Vote For Not More Than ) 5
PHILIP WILSON
TOY REID
ZAC WILCOXEN
DAVID-MICHAEL BUCKMAN
WILL SHAFFER

********** (FEDERALIST) **********

GOVERNOR
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
DAMIAN COOKE . . . . . . . . . 45 26.32

SECRETARY OF STATE
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
JACK MCGEE . . . . . . . . . . 168 100.00

AUDITOR
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
JOSH “J Watts” WATSON . . . . . . 99 58.93

TREASURER
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
CHARLIE “Not the Hunchback” HAGEBO . . 51 29.82

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
AARON “Tater Salad” WHITTAKER. . . . 71 41.28

ATTORNEY GENERAL
(Vote For Not More Than ) 1
JOEL M. WHETZEL . . . . . . . . 48 28.24

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
(Vote For Not More Than ) 5
AUSTIN PATTERSON
ZACH PARRUCCI
TOMMY CAIN
J.R HAMILTON
SETH BLAKE

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The American Flag; In a Class all its’ Own

 

Today, the Boys State Citizens were treated to a seminar on the American Flag. The session taught the proper way to treat and dispose of the American flag. The Citizens were also allowed to see a very moving ceremony in which grave markers from different time periods and different wars.

The lesson mainly taught about the Flag Code, which is a set of rules that dictates how the flag is to be treated. The flag code has many regulations which, when followed, ensures that the flag is displayed properly and treated with the upmost respect. One of the most important rules is that the flag should always be the highest flag on a flag pole, so it is the first flag raised and the last flag lowered. Another is that it should always be on the right of any other flags it is displayed with.

The ceremony that followed the lesson is

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ALMBS and ALARGS Participants Excel

CONGRATULATIONS to the following 2011 State Journal EQT Students of Excellence: Joshua M. Childs (Morgantown High School), Stephen M. Ferguson (Phillip Barbour High School), Austin L. Hickman (Huntington High School), Vincenzo J. Pizzuti (Brooke High School), Adriane M. Rine (Tyler Consolidated High School), and Cameron C. Viney (Elkins High School). These six individuals listed that they were a member of The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State or The American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State.

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Jill Druskis

Jill Druskis is the director of The American Legion’s Americanism, Children and Youth Division

Coach Bill Stewart

Stewart is no stranger to Morgantown, the state of West Virginia or to the college football world as his coaching experiences have been vast and varied.

ALMBS 2011 Bank Staff

ALMBS 2011 Bank Staff