Letter to Mr. Frank Whitney from Wilson G. Smillie, Surry, 1952

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Letter to Mr. Frank Whitney from Wilson G. Smillie, Surry, 1952

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Wilson G. Smillie, M.D. writes to Mr. Frank Whitney that he does not argue that Mr. Carter was "correct in stating that the U. S. Navy has a tradition that no decoration shall be placed on top of a flagpole except a ball". Dr. Smillie describes in detail the tradition of placing nothing atop the flagpole except the flag and that it is an "old" tradition and not a "law".

Dr. Smillie cites in his letter that he saw a school in Rye, New York with a flagpole that had a compass, a ball, an arrow and a spread eagle as adornments. He states that he has written to the Maine State Department of Education explaining the situation and requested a ruling on the matter of the weather vane.

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  • Title: Letter to Mr. Frank Whitney from Wilson G. Smillie, Surry, 1952
  • Creator: Smillie, M.D., Wilson G.
  • Creation Date: 1952-09-15
  • Subject Date: 1952-09-15
  • Location: Surry, Hancock County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 26.67 cm x 20.32 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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