Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Fraternal Holiday Flag Partners of Kansas and Montana

 For 2014 the Fraternal Flag Pairs of Kansas and Montana were decked out in the Christmas Holiday Spirit.  In particular Kansas was North Polarized.  Instead of a sunflower we now have a poinseita, likewise the heraldic torse/head band has been coloured red and green.  Night has fallen and 34 stars are gleaming in the distance.  The state motto now says "Merry Christmas."  The five buffalo have become sheep while the two Native Americans on horseback have become shepherds with crooks.  Santa's eight reindeer have replaced the eight cattle, likewise the two wagons have been replaced with Santa on a practice run, before take off.  The house by the river has a wreath on its door and red and green Christmas lights glowing on the roof.  Obviously a warm fire in the fireplace that has produced three puffs of smoke.  Instead of the sun peeking over the horizon we see a crescent moon with an Earth glow.  Finally the man plowing in the foreground has been replaced with an elf pushing a wheel barrel full of presents.  Hard to see on the elf is a candy cane badge.

Montana's holiday spirit is more subdued.  But it also displays a cold winter night with snow covering the ground.  The Spanish words for "Oro Y Plata" have been replaced with "Hope & Peace."  Also missing are the miner's tools and plow.  Instead we have three musical instruments: a drum, harp, and trumpet.  The trees have grown super tall and have what looks like white lights.  Although the scene indicates a Christmas theme, it is not explicit.  Perhaps it could be just a cold night with snow on the ends of the branches?  Like in the North Polarized Kansas flag the moon is present but it is full and high in the sky.  Only a few stars are out. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

US Flag in Forrest Gump

On this Thanksgiving Day there are so many things to be thankful for.  In the movie Forrest Gump 1994, the story of one man, Forrest Gump, reflects back the story of America in tale is one to consider.

Several flags appear in dramatic fashion.  Forrest Gump's best friend Bubba looses his life in Vietnam, but Forrest decides to live out Bubba's dream fishing for shrimp.
Here the US flag is on the flying on the shrimp fishing boat Jenny.  Note that Forrest Gump was filmed at the apex of natural colour filming.  Currently as of 2014 movie directors, since the Matrix in 1999, opt to film in a genre of limited colours. Maybe soon they will go back to black and white since natural color movies are out of fashion  
During the anti-war rally in DC, a man with an American Flag shirt stands in awe as Forrest gives a speech about Vietnam.
Here the US flag is in the background next to several other flags, including the US Army flag.

Other Flags in Forrest Gump

 The state flag of Alabama appears in Forrest Gump 1994 during his graduation ceremony.
 A unique banner is created just for Forrest Gump when he attends Alabama.  It is a message vexilloid that tells him to stop running. 

  A banner of DC War protesters appears on the back of a 'Hippie Bus'.
The flag of China appears in Forrest Gump 1994 during his international Ping Pong match.

Confederate Flags In Forrest Gump

 The Confederate flag appears in the movie Forrest Gump several times.  As the hero of the film is from Greebow, Alabama, it is inevitable that the flag should appear in the film.

In the introductory scene we learn of Forrest Gump's origin of his name which has its ties to a 'bed sheet' rally community.
 During Forrest Gump's service in the US Army in Vietnam it appears during the opening scene. 
 Here Forrest is running away from of his classmate bullies, who chose to put a Confederate Battle flag on the front of the pick up truck.
Hardest to see is the Old Georgia state flag that used the Confederate Battle flag in its design.  It can be seen in the background hanging off of the building.

Vietnam Forrest Gump Flags

 In 1994 the Viet Cong flag was waved in the faces of Americans for one last time, in the movie Forrest Gump. It apparently appears as a captured flag, that is used to decorate the toilet stalls.

Forrest Gump Flag

In Forrest Gump's bedroom, Forrest drew an American flag.  Although it does not accurately portray the flag, it accurately captures a child's perception of the US flag.  It has the key elements of stars, and red and white stripes.