Our Independence Day and Flag

As I reread the fine report of our 4th of July Parade I remembered back 40-plus years and our first such parade. I remembered some of the history of the day and our flag, which I thought still might be interesting to you today.

First, the flag of standard for the United States of America was an original design in 1780 for the colonies by Francis Hopkinson. The oversize flag was flying over the ramparts of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor in 1814 when the British navy attacked. This inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our national anthem. The flag was sewn by Mary Pickersgill in 1813.

For any family who does not have their own flag, I have several new donated flags on my porch—10292 Aviary Drive—that I would be happy to provide a new home.

Community Flagpole Needed

When we asked Corky McMillin, a developer of some residential areas, to build Jerabek Park, we asked a local bank—no longer in business—to donate a flagpole so we could have flag ceremonies for various events. The bank promptly ordered and installed a fine fiberglass pole, and we raised our national and state flags, as well as a banner from the governor.

Unfortunately, we only enjoyed it for a few weeks as a freak wind and rainstorm broke off our pole. We now have a nice base for its replacement from a new donor. Any takers?

Passing the Torch

I am sure our SRCA Newsletter editor, Gloria Tran, would welcome a new volunteer reporter, as I am ending my What’s Happening section. It’s the end of an era after 42 years! I have had a spot reserved for my articles all this time, and it has been my pleasure to report the Ranch “happenings” as I know them.

I have avoided criticisms and gossip, of course, and I reported many interesting items, including lots of Scripps Ranch history. Past events were especially fun for me to write about, as by training one of my master’s degrees from the University of California San Diego is in history.

Thank you for all of the positive comments I have heard over the years. I truly enjoyed doing this. As you may know, this old soldier is feeling his 96 years—and feeling the war injuries—and typing is becoming more difficult. If you are interested in giving writing a try, email me at [email protected] and Gloria at [email protected]

Colonel Robert Dingeman (Ret.) 

[Editor’s note: We can’t thank Bob enough for his invaluable contributions to Scripps Ranch and the Newsletter. We thought residents might enjoy pictures of our community’s first family, Bob and his beloved wife, Gaye, Dingeman, including photos at the Colonel’s namesake school with “his” cherished kids!]