Flag Day
June 14, 2019

John Dentlinger served on the destroyer escort ship U.S.S. Roberts during WWII. As Quarter Master, one of John's duties was to fly the flag on the ship, and as they became worn he would replace them. This is one of the flags that flew on the ship and John kept as a remembrance.

13 Folds of the US FLAG
The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country," in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for defense of our country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.


Melvin Nissen


July 15, 2002 Glen Kusel - WWII Veteran

Student Council project

Darrell Weems and Darrel Baker
May 12, 1965 dedication of new flag pole and granite Bulldog.


April 17, 1964

It is disconcerting that students no longer raise the flag at our school, but by a janitor or other employee.


Lester Lee Grau, son of Tom & Ann (Littell) Grau
Company A, First Battalion, 168th Infantry, Iowa Army National Guard in Adams County.
Tragically he died in a car accident November 5, 1988, heading back to his unit.


From Alta (Wiese) Hansen's school autograph booklet.


George Schroeder - later served stateside during WWII


From the Koester/Lamp collection


Paul Vollstedt's bible he carried during his military service overseas 1959-60.


George Mohr carrying the flag, with his grandson, Jim Mohr, riding alongside - Homecoming

Spring 1991 in gymnasium

Allen Muhlbauer MHS 1968 and Charles Moore MHS 1967
Patriotic program for The Persian Gulf War
Legion and VFW cooperative effort
Flag etiquette and folding the flag
Tom Ulrickson led group, with students and adults who sang patriotic songs.


Ewoldt No. 3 May 1955
Margaret (Gruhn) Ohde - teacher on the Schroeder pony
Some of the students in front: Tom Schroeder, Angie, Barry, Doug Kusel


Donated by Robert Dappen who served on the USS Leedstown during the battle of Iwo Jima.
This is the burial flag that was used on the Leedstown to bury 25 men at sea.


1976 flag flying on the Kusel grain elevator leg - this was during the US Bicentennial celebration year.


I hope this Flag Day feature will inspire and encourage more Manning connected Veterans to bring their military pictures and information to me to scan and use in the Manning Veterans' history book project.

Not part of Flag Day but amazing tribute to WWII
by a very talented artist and vocalist and PATRIOT


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