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by ARLnow.com January 25, 2011 at 8:05 am 4,937 52 Comments

Iwo Jima Memorial Revamp Planned — One of the most memorable sights in Arlington may be getting a face lift. The 56-year-old Iwo Jima memorial is in need of a refurbishment and more frequent flag replacements, supporters say. A group, the Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, also wants to add a volunteer-staffed reception center with permanent restrooms, replacing the plastic portable toilets currently on site. [USA Today]

George Allen Wants His Senate Seat Back — Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) says he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and formerly held by himself. The 2012 race will also feature a challenge on Allen’s right during the primary. Some fellow Republicans wasted no time portraying Allen, once thought of as a possible presidential candidate, as “one of the biggest government guys out there” and “a part of the Washington establishment.” [Washington Post]

The Planetarium Booster — Meet Alice Monet, president of the Friends of Arlington’s Donald M. Brown Planetarium group. The retired Naval Observatory astronomer and Washington-Lee grad is helping to raise money to upgrade the planetarium and keep it open for future generations. [Washington Examiner]

Yorktown High Wins Theater Award — Yorktown High School took first place at the National District One-Act Play Festival for the third time running. The competition, held in Fairfax over the weekend, showcases D.C. area theater talent. “Yorktown’s show Bottom’s Dream, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will advance to the Northern Region One Act Play Festival [on] Feb. 5,”  a parent tells us. “Yorktown will hold an encore performance of the show at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Yorktown High, 5200 Yorktown Boulevard.”

Flickr pool photo by Shannon Field

  • GeorgeOrwell

    real bathrooms? Great. all the gay-cruising in the woods can now move to the bathrooms. Ever try to use the bathroom at Lady Bird Johnson Park. yeah.

    • DADT is gone. Deal with it.

  • Rosslyner

    Since the Meade St bridge leads from Rosslyn to the Iwo Jima memorial, this is an opportunity for the County to work with the Marines and NPS to make sure the 2 plans work together and support each other.

  • CrystalMikey

    Another great shot!

    • david

      Agreed. Great picture.

    • Westover

      Semper Fi!

  • mehoo

    Go away George.

    • Cruising/dogging at public restrooms is just plain nasty and something the restroom using public should tolerate.

      • mehoo

        Drink some coffee before you post again, T! You responded to a post about George Allen to criticize gay cruising (laugh one), then wrote that it’s something the public “should tolerate” (laugh two).

        • Re: Coffee

          George Allen? I think you just had a Macacca moment.

          I responded to G.O. because he singled out the cruisers and not the doggers — not that I’ve seen any doggers before, but I assume they are out there. As far as I’m concerned, both cruisers and doggers are perverts.

          • GeorgeOrwell

            ok, now i know what a “dogger” is — bless you google.
            as for TGEoA, TMI. 🙂

          • mehoo

            The way these threads work made it look like you were responding to my George post, that’s all. It was very mildly amusing.

        • GeorgeOrwell

          yo, mehoo, need to clarify which George. George “i hate macaca” Allen or George “the brilliant co-commentator on ARLNOW” Orwell.

          TGEA, ummmm, your Freudian slip is showing… (but I agree with what you meant to say).

          oh everyone go to crumbs get some coffee and sugar…. i am.

          • mehoo

            I meant George Allen. George Orwell can stay, I loved “Animal Farm.”

  • KalashniKEV

    1) They need more flags? I would have assumed they were running up a new one each day and presenting them to people.

    2) It figures all you ARLnow posters are experts on degenerate behavior and where it takes place… I thought those guys were always just tying each others shoes, running in the woods!

    • Westover

      The Flag over the Marine Corps War Memorial is one of those that Congress has designated will fly at all times regardless of weather or light conditions. It is replaced as needed, not daily.

      • KalashniKEV

        Ummm… OK… but I’m sure that someone would like to have a “This Flag was Flown on 30 JAN XX” certificate as a retirement gift or something.

        I have a flag flown at the US Capitol from Rep. Peter King when I made Eagle Scout.

        • mehoo

          Reminds me of the story of the first Iwo Jima flag. The Sec. of the Navy wanted it as a souvenir, but the Marine battalion commander considered it the property of the Marine Corps, so he sent a replacement up, and that’s the flag going up in the photo that inspired the memorial. So it wouldn’t be appropriate to give away flags from the memorial as souvenirs.

          • Westover

            The Sec. of the Navy had no clue that that flag had been flown yet when the second one went up. THere was no satellite tv those days. THe second flag was put up because the first one was so small. There was later a fight over the two flags, as I understand it.

          • mehoo

            The Sec. of the Navy was ON THE ISLAND at the time. He saw the flag himself.

        • Westover

          On very rare occasions, for very special Marines, flags that have flown over the Memorial have been presented to people.

          There is only one flag pole there, requests like what are done at the Capitol are not possible. There are three poles at the Capitol for flying the gift flags, they put them up for about five seconds or so each. The Architect of the Capitol’s staff is really worked on the days that the flags are at half mast, those days each goes all the way up, half way down then all the way up again before being removed, folded and shipped off to a happy American. The record for most flags flown over the U.S. Capitol in one days was set on July 4, 1976, when 10471 flags were ordered to mark the nation’s Bicentennial, I have one of those flags, as that was my fifth birthday. 😉

          • mehoo

            Thank you for making the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” get stuck in my head all day, Westover. Thanks alot.

          • Rosslyner

            I have one of those flags too – love it. Hard to believe this 4th of July will mark 35 years since it was flown. Sounds like it will be a big one for you. Enjoy.

        • kc

          I don’t know what they do with them, but I live across the street from the memorial and late at night or early in the morning I have seen Marines out there raising and lowering flags.

          • KalashniKEV

            Wounded Warriors, Retirements, Awards Presentations, etc.

            Poster above is wrong.

          • Westover

            It is a very rare thing.

          • KalashniKEV

            And special too…

          • mehoo

            Giving a flag from this memorial to a wounded warrior or whatever is appropriate. Handing them out as souvenirs to any constituent of a congressman who asked for them wouldn’t be in my mind.

          • Westover

            It is supposed to take approval from the Commandant.

      • Doensn’t Iwo Jima have a light on it which would preclude any weather provisions?

        • Westover

          The light does not preclude you from taking down the flag in bad weather. That particular Flag, by act of Congresss, though is allowed to be flown even if the lights were turned out and there was a hurricane approaching. Semper Fi!

          • Actually the sites with special exemptions are allowed to fly 24 hours. They are still required to have a light.

          • Westover

            Presidential proclamations and laws authorize the display of the flag 24 hours a day at the following places:

            Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore, Maryland (Presidential Proclamation No. 2795, July 2, 1948).

            Flag House Square, Albemarle and Pratt Streets, Baltimore Maryland (Public Law 83-319, approved March 26, 1954).

            United States Marine Corp Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington, Virginia (Presidential Proclamation No. 3418, June 12, 1961).

            On the Green of the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts (Public Law 89-335, approved November 8, 1965).

            The White House, Washington, DC. (Presidential Proclamation No. 4000, September 4, 1970).

            Washington Monument, Washington, DC. (Presidential Proclamation No. 4064, July 6, 1971, effective July 4, 1971).

            Fifty flags of the United States are displayed at the Washington Monument continuously. United States Customs Ports of Entry which are continually open (Presidential Proclamation No. 413 1, May 5, 1972).

            Grounds of the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge State Park, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Public Law 94-53, approved July 4,1975).

            These place are allowed to fly the Flag even if the light goes out. Of course custom dictates that they should have the light on whenever possible.

  • ArlBlueSky

    *His* seat?

    I take offense to that. It is the seat of the Citizens of the respective State. Realistically, there are many reasons why the 17th Amendment should be repealed and this power should be given back to the State Legislatures.

    • mehoo

      You’re really getting upset over nothing, dude.

      As for repealing the 17th amendment, why? What does that do? What’s the point of that?

      • Getting rid of the 17th would put more hands in people that participate in statewide politics. It would certainly make voting for your state reps that much more important.

  • Rover

    Maybe George Allen should take over operation of the Redskins. Perhaps some hereditary trait could be used to make them a winner.

    • Westover

      His brother Bruce is representing the Allen Family well with the Skins. Now if the Allen Family could just figure out a way to get the Team out of the hands of Danny-Boy!

  • Westover

    George Allen has served the Commonwealth well, both as Governor and as Senator. He did not lose the seat due to incompetance at his job, just over a “brain fart” on the campaign trail. That showed he was definiately not ready for the White House as some thought he was, but with six years of retrospective time out of office, I think his return would be great. I respect Sen. Webb’s long time service to our nation, but I think Allen served the interests of Virginia much better then Webb has done.

    • mehoo

      What did George do?

      • Idi Amin Dada

        That’s a good question. Nothing I can think of.

        • Westover

          He cut crime in the Commonwealth while governor by over 25%, and lead the Commonwealth to abolish parole for violent criminals, while increasing funds to the rehab programs for non-violent drug offender. He started the Welfare Reform in Virginia that President Clinton modeled the Nation’s reform after. His Standards of Learning program in the schools increased math test scores by alighning itself with the College Board tests, and the reading program brought 6th grade reading levels which 1/3rd was below grade level up to the 4 points higher than the national average. As Senator he lead the way to keep the internet tax free which allowed the Dulles Tech Corridor to florish even after the .com bubble burst.

          The guy

          • mehoo

            He personally cut crime? Come on. Talk about taking undue credit.

            You only gave one answer to the actual question – what did he do as a senator? He kept taxes off the internet. Okay.

      • jan

        wore cowboy boots and displayed the Confederate flag

        • Westover

          What is wrong with Cowboy Boots?

          As for the Flag, he flew it for his heratage, but has since seen the symbolism that others see it for and has stopped flying it. I actually commend him on that for “seeing the light” and adapting. I would say that Robert Byrd was afar worse offender of this sort of thing, but the Left seemed to have had little problem with him for the last 40 years.

          • Justin Russo
          • Westover

            About as interesting and relavent to the truth as a story about Obama in the National Review.

          • mehoo

            It only took him how long to notice that the Confederate flag was being used as a symbol of racism? Yeah, he stopped – once he realized it hurt him more than it helped him.

            Oh, what about the noose? You forgot the noose.

          • jan

            what heritage?

          • Aaron

            Californian Transplant is a heritage, isn’t it? Did you learn nothing from Remember the Titans?

          • mehoo

            Allen’s “heritage” – LOL. Born in California, didn’t live a day in the South until college.

  • Idi Amin Dada

    George Allen was one of W’s most reliable Senate allies, voting in support of the Bush White House more than 95 percent of the time.

    That is reason enough for him to retire in shame and never show his face in public again.


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