Members of five Louisiana chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution have been working since Aug. 4 to preserve a historic U.S. flag from the USS New Orleans. The flag flew above the ship throughout the attack on Pearl Harbor while gun crews, without power, manually loaded artillery into the ship’s heavy anti-aircraft gun and fired on Japanese attackers.

Using needles and thimbles to stitch stars and stripes to a canvas backing, the women are working in shifts to help prepare the flag for permanent display. District IV DAR chapters working on the project include Spirit of ’76, Vieux Carre, New Orleans, Bayou Lafourche and Francois de-Lery.

Citing the historic interest the United States flag has to New Orleans, Spirit of ‘76 Chapter Regent Ann de Montluzin Farmer said, “This is the type of project that is tailor-made for DAR members and well worth the sore index fingers we are experiencing from pushing the needles through the canvas and the flag.”

On permanent loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the flag will be on display at Tulane University Naval ROTC Headquarters, where it will inspire newly appointed midshipmen as they begin their training in New Orleans.

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