Tonight required a trip downtown to Flag Plaza, otherwise known as Scout Central for the Boy Scouts in the Pittsburgh area. It was our popcorn kick-off and just by attending I earned our troop an additional 1% in profit.
One of the most beautiful features of Flag Plaza are the flags. There are five, eighty foot flag poles that fly flags 24 hours a day. There is always the living 50 star American Flag, the banner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the crest of the city of Pittsburgh, the ensign of the Boy Scouts of America and an historic flag. Tonight showed an historic flag of our ancestors and it's the flag of the United Dutch East Indies Company. It makes for quite a site.
There is also an replica of the Liberty Bell complete with a history lesson that can be heard all the way to the Consol Energy Center. I just had to push that button on the side.....
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not fly in a vacuum.
~Arthur C. Clarke