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Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies at 65

Gilbert Baker, the designer of the iconic rainbow flag, has died.

In 1978, Baker sewed a multicoloured flag that became the symbol of the LGBT community across the world.
Baker, 65, died Thursday in his sleep, said Cleve Jones, an AIDS activist and Baker’s longtime friend. He died in New York City, the medical examiner’s office there said.
A vigil in Baker’s memory was planned Friday evening under the rainbow flag in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. The banner could be seen flying half-staff from the balcony of Mayor Ed Lee.
“Gilbert was a trailblazer for LGBT rights, a powerful artist and a true friend to all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed,” Lee said in a statement.
Click on Link to read more about this special man. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/us/gilbert-baker-rainbow-flag-dies/

By Nicole Chavez, CNN

Pan Am Games kick off today in Toronto with opening ceremony

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Flags of the participating countries fly in the athletes’ village as the CN Tower stands in the background at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Flying a flag is a great way to show support for our Athletes!

Passion & Energy Exudes From Flag Bearer’s At WorldPride Parade!

The Flag Store’s International Flags are carried with enthusiasm in WorldPride Parade in Toronto, Sunday June 29, 2014.

Nelson Mandela, anti-aprtheid icon dies Thursday night at age 95

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

His message of reconciliation, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.

On a personal note,  we have been hearing many kind words from our customers, when we talk of our South Africa flags.  They fill us with such pride and respect for a wonderful man.  We are very lucky to be a part of this time in history, to witness this celebration of his life.

 

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