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Monthly Archives: April 2016

  1. 7 Ways to Display Your American Flag

    7 Ways to Display Your American Flag

    Image 1The American flag is not just a piece of material; it is a symbol of your country. As such, it should be treated with respect and care. Most people are familiar with the traditional flying of the flag from a flagpole at government buildings, schools, etc., and many others show their national pride by flying the flag from their residence. Beyond these standard displays, there are many other ways to display your flag. Most of them are such a part of our life that we don't notice them anymore, but if they were gone it would surely leave a giant hole in the fabric of our country.

    Let's look at seven ways to display the American flag.

    Stationary Flagpole

    If you have a stationary flagpole, your American flag can be flown proudly above your business or residence. If there are other flags that are also flown, the American flag is to be flown above them at

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  2. The Controversial Green Mountain Boys

     Green Mountain Boys Flag The American Revolution was a turbulent time for a new nation on the verge of being born. Settlers who had come here to escape the oppression of England's royal rule banded together to fight for freedom, to establish a new republic in which all men are created equal. To unite the people, creating a feeling of belonging, pride, and patriotism, flags were flown for various purposes and over clusters of militia.

    Who Were the Green Mountain Boys

    One such militia consisted of the Green Mountain Boys, a group of settlers and land speculators who controlled the area called the New Hampshire Grants, located between the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain, what we know today as Vermont. Technically, they were under the control of New York, a decision made by the British;
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  3. Moon's Glory

    American Flag on the Moon Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted an American flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. But where did it come from? There are a few theories, but ultimately no one seems to know for certain. Dolores Black, a former seamstress for a flag company in Milwaukee, thinks she may have sewn it. She stated during an interview that she had sewn her name inside the webbing that would have been used to attach the flag to a pole. Unfortunately, that webbing and the manufacturer's labels had to be removed in order to affix the flag to its aluminum pole, so even were someone to launch a multi-billion dollar operation to inspect it, there is no way to verify her assertion. According to NASA itself, the flag was purchased off-the-shelf, with no special modifications until they attached it to the custom-made, gold-anodized aluminum pole used to support it. This flagpole featured a telescopic, hinged pole designed to hold the flag
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  4. Honor and Glory: The Standard Bearer

    Battle Flag Flags have long delineated who we are as individuals, what groups we belong to, and what we want to claim as our own. The brilliant colors and strange menageries found on banners are their own language, for flags were meant for communication before literacy was common. In the less civilized days of our past, the designs on flags gave travelers, soldiers, and common folk basic information about the areas they were living in or traveling through. At the very apex of these communications, flags were the ones used in battle. Any given army or unit would be identified by their ensign from afar, and the most vital (and dangerous) job on the field was the standard bearer. An unusual position of honor, the person chosen to carry the flag for his army had to be an extraordinary one, for he was the primary target for all as soon as he set foot in battle.

    Quick Communication: A Bright Idea

    Before the modern invention of the radio, communication at a distance—whether during war
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  5. Nancy Reagan: Actress, First Lady, and Honorable Wife

    Nancy ReaganThe wife of the President of the United States of America is known as the First Lady. Many notable women have contributed to our great nation just as much as their husbands. Nancy Reagan, who recently passed away on March 6, 2016, is one of the top first ladies of the 20th century. She is known for being the wife of President Ronald Reagan, for her acting credits, and for her passion about discouraging drug use by youth. She was born in New York City to actress Edith Luckett and salesman Kenneth Robbins. Anne Frances “Nancy” Robbins entered the world on July 6, 1921. Shortly after birth, her parents separated, so Nancy went to live with her aunt and uncle in Maryland. Her mother pursued her acting career and later married Chicago neurosurgeon Loyal Davis when Nancy was about eight years old. Because of this marriage, Nancy had a wealthy and prominent upbringing. She attended the Girls’ Latin School in Chicago, a private institution. Afterward, she graduated from
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  6. The History of the Fourth of July

    sparkler-839806_1920When you hear the Fourth of July, what do you think of? Some of you may picture a beautiful sunny afternoon with family and friends at the park or beach. Maybe you are having a barbecue. Others think of the magnificent firework displays that take place all across the USA. Parades, concerts, and baseball games are other fun activities that are popular on the 4th. Whatever your tradition is, chances are good you are wearing red, white, and blue to represent the American flag. Although of these summertime pastimes are festive, there is a reason for the celebrations. It is the United States of America’s Independence Day. The famous holiday dates back to the 18th century when the new 13 colonies fought for their independence from Great Britain in the American Revolution. The American Revolution lasted from 1775-1783. However, it was in 1776 that the delegates voted for complete independence from the king. The Continental
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  7. By Land or By Sea: Flags Are More Than Decorations

    Sail Boat Flags The 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.

    Sailboats

    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
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  8. Flags, Heraldry and the Origins of the Banners We Fly

    national-colours-1002786_1920 Today, 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.

    National Flags

    While learning about one's own origins, it will become apparent that many national flags seem
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  9. Honoring Our Fallen: The American Flag Presentation

    Honoring Our Fallen: The American Flag Presentation
    Cemetary American FlagEveryday 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.

    Families of The Fallen

    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.”

    The Burial Ceremony

    To honor
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  10. The Stars and Stripes

    The Stars and Stripes
    American Flag 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.

    The American Flag at the White House

    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
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