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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for June 25, 2014

Learn how our flag really is different from Texas’s flag, plus news you can use for June 25, 2014.

Explaining North Carolina

Raise Your Flags

North Carolina now has two official state flags, the state flag in the tradition of national flags worldwide, (a tradition explained in great detail in this 1913 state document) and the more recent tradition of the Honor and Remember flag for deceased soldiers.

The original official state flag looks like this:

It was adopted in its present form in 1885, via a state law that specified every piece of its looks. Its beginnings were inspired by Revolutionary War activities, as a symbol of the pride of the new state. Likewise, when the state voted to secede in 1861, a new revision was made to stoke the new national pride of the Confederacy and ensure success during the Civil War.

Fast forward to the present time, in 2008, George Lutz unveiled the national Honor and Remember flag, which he drafted in memory of his son Tony, who died while serving in Iraq in 2005. This flag is more of a secondary national flag and North Carolina became the fifth state in the country to recognize it officially in 2010. As of today, 18 states have completely adopted the flag and all others are either in the process of adopting the flag or have endorsed the flag. The full purpose of the flag is to honor all fallen soldiers, from those who fell on the battlefields, to those wounded who eventually died at home from their injuries.

So what do you think folks? With the idea of flags and how they honor certain people, namely military campaigns, is there room for other flags that aren’t explicitly military? Did you think we copied our flag (with a few modifications) from Texas? Learn more about the official NC State flag here.

Things Not to Miss About North Carolina

Raleigh’s Interfaith Food Shuttle is using their food truck to go around in poor and underserved neighborhoods and make sure people have food truck quality food this summer.

The position that the former Greensboro mayor holds on the NC Division of Employment Security’s Board of Review will not end at the end of the month after all.

The Greensboro police has released their plan to step up foot patrols and other community policing efforts.

The state senate voted to prioitize coal ash cleanup, but were divided on the number of clean-up ponds and also over making Duke Energy customers shoulder the cleanup costs.

Asheville’s new budget includes capital expenditures, but no tax increases.

The Asheville Citizen-Times Answer Man gives answers to readers wondering about EMT response times and missing yard signs.

More on the fire/EMT response time issues in Asheville.

The Belville mayor doesn’t want Leland to have an ABC store, because he is concerned that his two stores will lose revenue.

Wilmington will get it’s new microbrewery sometime in the fall.

The bill to end zoning protest petitions has moved out of committee into the full N.C. House.

The construction on the I-77 toll lanes could begin as soon as December.

The Charlotte-Douglass Airport welcome sign is gone, to make way for new exit ramps out of the facility. It will come back someday, but no date has been set.

Both Charlotte leaders and residents are taking steps to avoid gentrification.

Greensboro’s downtown makerspace will open very soon.

Filing for High Point city council elections is coming soon.

Triad area  leaders are pushing for the re-funding of the I-74 extension through Winston-Salem.

The Piedmont Triad Film Commission is asking the Triad area cites for continued support and a slight increase in their current funding levels.

Remembering a Durham art project that presented a civic measure in a controversial way 25-years ago.

Durham’s American Tobacco Complex has turned 10.

The City of Raleigh is looking at changes that will effect how garbage is collected downtown.

The Bolyan-Pierce building on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street is being restored to its original glory.

And finally, The Last Unicorn says farewell to Chapel Hill.

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