The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 6, 2021

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It’s Saturday and time for LindaGHill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flag.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

The white flag is an internationally recognized protective sign of truce or ceasefire, and request for negotiation. It is also used to symbolise surrender, since it is often the weaker party which requests negotiation. It is also flown on ships serving as cartels. A white flag signifies to all that an approaching negotiator is unarmed, with an intent to surrender or a desire to communicate. Persons carrying or waving a white flag are not to be fired upon, nor are they allowed to open fire. The use of the flag to request parley is included in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907.

The first mention of the usage of white flags to surrender is made during the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–220). In the Roman Empire, the historian Cornelius Tacitus mentions a white flag of surrender in AD 109. Before that time, Roman armies would surrender by holding their shields above their heads. The white flag was widely used in the Middle Ages in Western Europe to indicate an intent to surrender. The colour white was used generally to indicate a person was exempt from combat; heralds bore white wands, prisoners or hostages captured in battle would attach a piece of white paper to their hat or helmet, and garrisons that had surrendered and been promised safe passage would carry white batons. Information from Wikipedia.

Okay Covid19 I am tired of all of this I am waving a white flag .

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Feb 06, 2021 @ 19:03:15

    I think we’re all waving that flag, Sis 🏳

    Reply

  2. John W. Howell
    Feb 06, 2021 @ 19:23:30

    Good one Willow. Love Dido

    Reply

  3. J-Dub
    Feb 06, 2021 @ 20:25:28

    I love this song! Also a great post Willow 🙂

    Reply

  4. Laura
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 03:16:25

    I think we’re all right there with you waving that flag!

    Reply

  5. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 07:12:26

    Great bit of history. Love the song. Yup covid and white flag. Quite exhausted by it all

    Reply

  6. robertawrites235681907
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 09:13:27

    This information about this history of white flags is fascinating, Willow.

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Feb 07, 2021 @ 10:29:27

      It is so interesting isn’t it, I have always been fascinated as to why it has always been recognised…well mostly. 💜💜💜

      Reply

      • robertawrites235681907
        Feb 07, 2021 @ 16:43:41

        The Boers were a bit abuse of the white flag during the South African War, Willow. It is a factor that features in my new book. It created a lot of animosity with the British troops who believed in honour about all else.

      • willowdot21
        Feb 07, 2021 @ 16:47:03

        Yes it’s always a shock when it’s abused but it’s not uncommon over the years….man’s a strange beast! 💜

  7. Lakshmi Bhat
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 13:28:36

    Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

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