Our sister company, the Sweep Flag Company, is launching their line of flags to be used by sports fans to celebrate their teams baseball series sweeps and to establish their bragging rights.. Surely a lot of fun, but not a cerebral activity.
But it did get me thinking about the planting of flags as a way of establishing one's position. here's a review of some memorable Flag Plantings.
October 12, 1492 -- Christopher Columbus, a Italian by birth and under a commission of the Queen of Spain, planted a flag on a beach in what was called Hispaniola. Controversy still exists today to the exact whereabouts. Photo courtesy of science photo library.
February. 23, 1945 -- Five US Marines planted the Stars and Stripes on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima after a brutal invasion. The US held the island until 1968 when it was returned. Photo courtesy of Joe Rosenthal. Controversy also surrounds this image since some say it was staged and that there was no photographer at the original raising.
March 29, 1953 -- Sir Edmund Hillary, British citizen, and his Tibetan guide, Tenzing Norgay planted a flag on the summit of Mount Everest to indicate their being the first to climb the mountain. This image is world famous and has been featured on stamps of a few countries.
Febuary 5, 1971-- Astronaut B. Shepard, Commander of Apollo 14, plants an American Flag on the Moon. Photo courtesy of NASA - Edgar Mitchell.
January 25, 2016 -- Gregory S. Roberts, retired pharmacist, places the first Sweep Flag in the USA in the town of Cotuit, Massacusetts.