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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  1. Flags to be at Half Staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

    Flags to be at Half Staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Scalia
    halfstaffThe White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 13, 2016 Presidential Proclamation: Death of Antonin Scalia As a mark of respect for Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 7 of title 4, United States Code, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
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  2. History of the American Flag

    Love America? Want to fly the American flag? The American flag has been around for over 200 years and is one of the hallmarks of America that brings pride to the nation. The American flag represents so many things to so many different people, and on a variety of special occasions you’ll see it flying high to commemorate these special events.

    When flying the American flag, you may not think about the events which led up to what it is today. For those who are interested in the history of the American flag, the following is a historic guide of how the American flag became the pride of this great nation today.

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  3. By Land or By Sea: Flags Are More Than Decorations

    sail-flagThe open ocean has undeniable appeal, especially in today’s hectic, loud, busy world. The simplicity of a valiant sailing ship running before a brisk wind in silent elegance encapsulates a glorious idea of escape. One does not often find a quiet haven disturbed only by the rush of wind and water and the crying of seabirds. Even better, when it enables you to explore the greater world around you in unexpected and glorious ways. Full sails and salt spray hearken back to the earliest adventurers and traders looking upon the mysterious shores of a New World. Modern day sailing is an interesting and challenging art that requires both physical effort and careful study—and is becoming more and more popular as a delightful warm-weather hobby. The perennial popularity of the Boston Sailing School on the Charles River in Massachusetts is testimony; children of all ages learn to set sail and love the open water. Each year hundreds of young people grapple with every level of challenge,
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  4. Flags, Heraldry and the Origins of the Banners We Fly

    coat-of-armsToday, many families carefully research and proudly display the crests and mottoes of their ancestors, and pore through family trees to trace the genealogy of their families. A sense of belonging is a basic need, and knowing our origins is a way to connect with those who came before us. While still feeling American first, knowing the nationality of our ancestors helps with that sense of belonging, and many Americans proudly recognize and celebrate the cultures from which they came. Celebrating St. Patrick's day decked out in green or having a margarita on Cinco de Mayo, we can be proud of where we came from. Flying a flag in honor of our family’s origins is a special way to demonstrate that sense of belonging, and AmericanFlags.com makes this easy with its offerings of a wide range of international flags. While learning about one's own origins, it will become apparent that many national flags seem to have common origins,
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  5. Honoring Our Fallen: The American Flag Presentation

    military-funeralEvery day men and women join our Armed Services, some making the ultimate sacrifice in laying down their lives. The worst moment in any spouse, parent, or child's life is seeing the uniformed soldier walk up to your front door, knowing exactly what it is they are about to tell you. You heart races, a churning in your stomach, knowing the person you love most in the world has given their life to protect our country and freedom. For the comrades, the most difficult duty they ever perform is driving to the home of the fallen soldier's parents. Once they greet the family, they present a tri-folded American flag to commemorate the fallen soldier. The soldier's comrades will say something along the lines of, “Your son/daughter fought honorably. On behalf of the President of the United States, please accept this flag as a gift in appreciation for the sacrifice your son/daughter has made.” To honor these heroes, the military has an established a beautiful burial ceremony, with
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  6. The Stars and Stripes

    stars-and-stripes At its most basic level, a flag is simply fabric, some color, maybe a pattern, and some stitching to pull it all together. However, a flag is not the sum of the materials that make it up; the worth of a flag is in the sum of ideas that it represents. While Betsy Ross understood that the cloth she fabricated into 13 stars, and 13 stripes was to represent a burgeoning nation, she could not have foreseen what that banner would come to represent, what would become the fabric of the nation that was coming to life. Rather, flying over the White House, or your own house, our American flag is now a universal symbol of liberty, freedom, and democracy the world over. Rather, raised by valiant Marines over Iwo Jima in that most iconic of images, or raised by your own family on the fourth of July, the Stars and Stripes is flown with pride, pride in our nation, in our noble history, and our present role as the guardians of liberty around the
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  7. How the American Flag Inspires Us

    How the American Flag Inspires Us
    Great Moments in History When the Flag United Our Country The American flag is a symbol with so many connotations, evoking so many powerful emotions, and it has served as a rallying point throughout American history. We fly it at half-mast when someone has died. We fly it with pride in our front yards. It is our crest that means freedom and home. During some of the most turbulent times in our rich past, the American flag has reignited hope, united opposing sides, and has said to the world, “We came, we saw, we conquered.” birth-of-a-nation One of the earliest images of the American flag is a painting that depicts Betsy Ross showing the prototype American flag to George Washington and some other gentlemen, who could be Congressmen. The painting is titled “Birth of a Nation.” While
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