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  1. Top 21 Places to See Historical American Flags

    Top 21 Places to See Historical American Flags
    People and nations keep relics, and these relics connect us to our own lives, our family’s experiences, and our nation’s history. These connections help form, in Lincoln’s words, the “mystic chords of union” which tie us together. Powerful connections are made with historical American flags. They remind us of key events in our nation’s life. Like a 21-gun salute, here are 21 places you can experience these important symbols of the American experience.
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  2. 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.”
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  3. President Obama Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Navy Yard Victims

    All American flags are to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Friday, September 20, 2013. President Obama's proclamation is below: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY AT THE WASHINGTON NAVY YARD -------- BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon 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, September 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length

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  4. Flag Day - June 14, 2013

    That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation. flagsThis was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the american flag’s design. A flag of this design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine. The American flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778, when the Ranger, bearing the Stars and Stripes and under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early
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  5. High School Senior Works to Put Flags in Classrooms

    classroomflagWe recently read about a Michigan high school senior - Allison Collins - who in response to new state legislation is working hard to put am American Flag in every classroom across the state. Ms. Collins is a Girl Scout and this initiative has become her "Gold Project." To date, she's raised $2,752 for the project and is going full steam ahead. Kudos to Allison Collins for taking on this important task and demonstrating such patriotism and leadership! You can buy flags for classrooms in your community at AmericanFlags.com.
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  6. South Carolina Teacher Grabs $85,000 for Stomping US Flag

    South Carolina teacher Scott Compton is reportedly receiving $85,000 in settlement money after he was removed from his Chapin High School classroom after stomping on an American flag while discussing freedom. The school district paid the monies after Compton threatened a federal lawsuit. He has also received his annual salary since the incident last fall (even though he hasn't taught since then) and will receive a letter of recommendation from the district. Compton has told reporters that he was simply trying to teach the students a lesson about American freedoms and liberties. Indeed, Compton has the right to stomp on our national symbol, but that doesn't make it correct.  And expecting good judgement from our teachers shouldn't be too much to ask. A news story on Scott Compton's payday is linked here.

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  7. Palm Beach County Targets Patriots Again

    imagesPalm Beach County has a long history of opposing the display of American flags - remember Donald Trump's flag flap? This time, officials are telling a 24-year-old USMC veteran that he can't fly an American flag without permits (that cost hundreds of dollars) for a flagpole. Several folks have stepped up to help him get the required permits, but as municipalities face large budget deficits and other challenges, it's hard to understand why they'd be spending time and money hassling veterans who fought for our freedoms - including the right to fly our national symbol. Here's a link to the news story about the former U.S. Marine who has been told
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  8. Flags at What Price?

    An article in yesterday's 

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