May 2014

Photographer: Harold Keevil

Photo: old flags at Keewaydin

These old flags have been hanging in the lodge and dining hall at Keewaydin for decades. Before that they flew from the flagpole. The one in the background is one of the variations of the Canadian Red Ensign, which was Canada's adopted flag before the Maple Leaf arrived in 1965. This one was specific to the period 1921 to 1957.

The red-bordered flag on the left is a modification of the American Blue Star and Gold Star service flags. This was produced as a memorial to the 523 staff and alumni who served in the wars. There are 34 gold stars for those killed. 

The Stars and Stripes on the left is the oldest: 45 stars. It went up the flagpole in 1896 after Utah's statehood and stayed there until 1907 when Oklahoma became a state.

The flags were taken down for restoration. They are draped over the wood-canvas canoes used at the camp for over a century.

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