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


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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