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Dayton flag pre redesign
City of Dayton

The City of Dayton is asking for help designing a new flag to fly over the Gem City.

The flag redesign project started long before the Coronavirus outbreak shut down most of the Miami Valley, but it’s nearing a close now and the city is looking for feedback from the community on three prospective flag designs.

If you want to make a great flag, you might want to start by talking to Ted Kaye. He’s the Secretary of the North American Vexillological Association.

One of the perks of studying flags is that you get to tell people you’re a vexillogist.

Connie Jackson and Dawn Bellinger
StoryCorps

Sexual assault in the military is a pervasive problem. The Pentagon estimates that about 20,500 service members were sexually assaulted in 2018. Last week on Veterans’ Voices, we met Navy veteran Dawn Bellinger of Beavercreek who talked about the discrimination she faced in the military. There’s more to her story. This week, Dawn continues her conversation with her friend Connie Jackson of Kettering. 

A warning, this story contains references to a rape.

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Veterans' Voices: A Woman's Place In The Military

Mar 19, 2020
Connie Jackson and Dawn Bellinger
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Women in the military often face two fronts. They fight the enemy and prejudice from male enlistees. Navy veteran Dawn Bellinger of Beavercreek who tells her friend Connie Jackson of Kettering about the discrimination she faced during her service.

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Connie Jackson (CJ): What made you decide to go into the service and how did you choose what branch of service?

Demetrius Oglesby
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It's been about 40 years since the first hip hop records came out, and now rap music is American mainstream. Today's Best of Dayton Youth Radio story was produced by Demetrius Oglesby in 2017 who says he was an academic scholar until he got to high school and became infatuated with Hip-Hop. When we met Demetrius during his senior year of high school, his grades and his household chores had taken a backseat to his dreams of becoming a rap music star.

Jack Long
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Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, we revisit a story from Jack Long about finding his father. Jack produced this story in 2018 when he was a senior at Bellbrook High School. 

All high school seniors go through a discovery period. We’re about to leave the home we grew up in and the people that surrounded us for eighteen years. So, we instinctively reflect back on our family and our parents.

Anthony Heiland and Akoni Hinojosa
StoryCorps

When a veteran leaves the service and settles in at a campus, they can miss being with other men and women who share their experiences. The Veterans and Military Center (VMC) at Wright State University provides a supportive space for the military on campus. Navy veteran Akoni Hinojosa and Army veteran Anthony Heiland, both of Dayton, remember their time as Wright State students, and how their activism led to the formation of the VMC.

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The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: Inseparable

Mar 5, 2020
Dosjine and Odyssee Brown
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, a story produced at the You Media Center in Springfield in 2016. It was the first Dayton Youth Story produced by twin sisters. Dosjinee and Odyssee are from a close knit family, and when they produced this story, they had pretty much done everything together, birthday parties, vacations, sharing the same toys. In fact, the 17 year olds had never been apart from each other for more than four hours.

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Veterans' Voices: The Lifelong Impact of Operation Babylift

Mar 5, 2020
Erin Manley and Ray Snedegar
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In the final days of the Vietnam War, people knew the end was near. 3000 children were evacuated from South Vietnam and taken to the United States and other countries for adoption. Air Force veteran Ray Snedegar of Centerville tell his fellow Airman veteran Erin Manley of Dayton about his role in Operation Babylift.

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Erin Manley (EM): What is one of the most significant events in your career?

Hannah Williams
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In this Best Of edition of Dayton Youth Radio, we feature a story that originally aired in 2016. It’s from Hannah Williams, who attended Tecumseh High School in Medway, Ohio. Hannah tells us about her brother Wesley, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Today, I'm going to talk about my brother and the legacy he left behind.

Veterans' Voices: Preparing Future Leaders To Get Involved

Feb 26, 2020
Phyllis Allen and Odell Graves
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The Black Knights were a precision drill team within the JROTC program at Colonel White High School, now Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton. The JROTC program and its drill team were started by Army veteran Odell Graves of Clayton. Retired English teacher Phyllis Allen asks Graves about his work with students.

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