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The battle flag is one of 15 items nominated to be part of the state's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program.
The (Lynchburg) News & Advance
Members of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion, Company B carried this flag on D-Day.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A battle flag that flew as Allied troops landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944, now has landed a nomination to Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program.
The National D-Day Memorial announced the nomination to the program sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums, designed to raise public awareness of the significance of preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries and archives throughout the state and Washington, D.C.
Members of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion, Company B carried the flag, which bears the company's insignia, on D-Day, according to the foundation.
The company suffered heavy casualties on Omaha and Utah beaches. This particular flag landed on Utah Beach under direct fire from German gun emplacements that killed and wounded many soldiers.
The foundation said it is concerned about deterioration around the flag's edges, its need of repairs and preservation, and final placement in a special display to slow further wear and tear.
"It is absolutely critical that these items are properly cared for and preserved so that successive generations can enjoy them," foundation President April Cheek-Messier said.
The flag was donated to the memorial six years ago and is located in the archival storage area of the foundation's administrative offices.
"It is in a climate control environment to help protect it from further deterioration," Cheek-Messier said.
The flag is one of 15 nominated artifacts from across the state. A ship's flag flown on D-Day during a troop transport on the USAT George W. Goethals at the Salem Museum & Historical Society in Salem and a World War II Filipino and U.S. Guerrilla Unit Flag at MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk also were nominated.
The public is encouraged to visit www.vatop10artifacts.org and vote for the object they feel should make the Top 10 Endangered Artifacts list. Voting ends Aug. 29.
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