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    I recently obtained this flag from the estate of a local veteran. Can anyone give me an idea of what is written on it? Sorry if it's upside down. I can post additional pictures.
    Thanks,
    Scott

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    Here it is right side up.

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    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Phew!

    正氣
    Shōki
    Sanity; Senses: Become Conscious
    気 is the modern version of 氣

    不惜身命惜身命
    柏鳳
    Fu-shakushinmyō Shakushinmyō
    Kashiwaotori

    "Don't spare your life for a worthy cause; yet, spare [value] your life."
    Oaken Phoenix
    [the calligrapher's art name]

    [poem in hiragana that I cannot read]
    大和魂
    yamatodamashī
    Japanese spirit

    不惜身命 is a Buddhist phrase; the kanji 不 is a prefix-negation, much like "un~" or "non~" in English. Here is another example I found; you might get a better understanding of "without X, do X"

    これを旗印にすることは「不惜身命」(ふしゃくしんみょう:仏法のために身命をささげてしまないこと)を意味するといわれている。

    It is said that using them as the emblem on a flag means 'fushakushinmyo' (to generously devote one's body and life to the Buddhist law).

    --Guy

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