29 October 2006

North American Vexillological Association conference

I never had a chance to talk about my recent trip to Nevada to give a paper at the 40th annual conference of the North American Vexillological Association. Held in Reno from 13 to 15 October, the conference was a very interesting mixture of lectures, discussion panels, and visits to local historic sites attended by a variety of historians, flagmakers, flag designers, professional vexillologists (those who study and advise on the history, design, and theory of flags), and collectors. The paper I presented was titled "'To make the unmistakable signal "CANADA"': The Canadian Army's 'Battle Flag' during the Second World War". This paper dealt with the story of the flag designed by Colonel AF Duguid (Director of the Army Historical Section during the 1930s and Second World War) for use by the commander of the 1st Canadian Division in 1939. The interest in the story arises from the desire of many - including Colonel Duguid - to see this design adopted as the Canadian national flag. I was honoured that my presentation was awarded the Captain William Driver Award by the NAVA board of directors as the best presentation made at the conference. Next year's conference will be held in October in Hartford, Connecticut.

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