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“Raising the flag and singing the anthem are, while somewhat suspicious, not in themselves acts of treason”*…

 

All– and I do mean all— about the flags of the world: Flag Stories.

* Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

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As we stand and salute, we might recall that it was on this date in 1975 that a convoy of South Vietnamese navy ships, fleeing the homeland that had fallen to North Vietnamese forces, sailed into Philippine waters seeking asylum.  The Philippine government would not let the ships land so long as they were flying the colors of a dissolved government; so the South Vietnamese performed a flag-lowering ceremony of their ensign for the final time, raising in its stead an American flag.

The final lowering of the South Vietnamese flag

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Written by LW

May 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

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