The American Flag 101

  1. Historic Flags of the Smithsonian – A Visitor's Guide

    star spangled banner Until the War of 1812, the American flag was generally considered a utilitarian object and didn’t attract the reverence of the general public. Its primary function was to identify ships and forts. Throughout history, the flag has emerged time and again to rally the nation in a time of crisis.
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  2. The Significance of Military Star Flags

    Service Banner Although they have not been used a lot since World War II, the United States Service Flag is beginning to find favor once again with family members who have relatives serving in the United States Armed Forces. The purpose of the flag is to honor those family members on active duty in times of war or hostilities.
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  3. A Patriot's Guide to Retiring an American Flag

    american flag papyrus The American flag will always be an enduring symbol of our history, values and culture. Nonetheless, flags do not last forever. Over time, your flag will become soiled, faded or frayed from exposure to the elements or the passage of time itself. When one or more of these conditions becomes evident, it is every patriot's duty to retire an old flag respectfully. Luckily, there are multiple options for appropriate flag disposal.
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  4. 8 Tips for Caring for Your American Flag at Home

    american flag out during springtime It is important to demonstrate respect for the American flag and the nation it represents by adhering to proper flag etiquette. Displaying a worn, tattered flag is a serious violation of this code of respect. Torn, faded flags are inappropriate symbols to represent the strength and valor of the United States. Caring for your American flag properly will ensure that it maintains its splendor for as long as possible.
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  5. Durable Flags for Fickle Spring Weather

    american flag laid flat Spring can be a very unpredictable season. Regardless of what the forecast says, you can’t know for sure whether it will be windy, hot, snowy or suddenly rainy.
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  6. Hardy American Flags Tough Enough for Inclement Weather

    Outdoor American flags should be tough, colorfast, and ready to handle anything the weather throws their way, but not all flags are designed for outdoor applications. If you want to be able to fly your flag year-round in the outdoors, you’ll want to make sure that you’re choosing all-weather flags that are able to handle extreme temperatures and UV exposure. This guide will help you determine which outdoor U.S.A. flags are most appropriate for your needs.

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  7. Why It’s Important to Fly an All-Weather American Flag

    Is your old flag looking a little old and beat up? Is it past its prime? When your flag is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of the American nation, it’s time to retire it and hang up a new one. With the Fourth of July coming around, you might be thinking about investing in a new flag or purchasing one for the first time to show a little Patriotic pride. Before going out and purchasing a flag, however, it’s important to determine the right American flag for you.

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  8. Flag Pole Guide

    American flag outdoors flagpole The United States flag holds an important place in American history. The U.S. flag has a history as rich, and almost as long, as the United States itself! It is unknown who designed the first stars and stripes or who made it, although Betsy Ross is recognized as sewing the first flag and it is thoughts that Congressman Francis Hopkinson designed it. The first Flag Act was passed by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. It stated, “Resolved that the flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The flag as we know it (apart from a few stars) was prescribed by an Executive Order of June 24, 1912, which standardized the order of the stars and the proportions of the flag.
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  9. American Flag Selection Guide

    The American flag selection guideFinding the best flag for your intended display is no easy task. Depending on your flag’s function, your location and where you want your flag displayed, available options can vary drastically. When choosing a flag, it’s important to consider its purpose, as that will help you determine the size and the material of your potential investment. If you’re considering setting up a display for an indoor setting, like in your home or a public lounge, you’ll have a large variety of materials and flagpole compositions to choose from.
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  10. American Flag Guidelines You Need to Know

    You have no doubt been wondering, ever since 1923, exactly how the American flag ought to be displayed. That, of course, being the year that the government ratified the United States Flag Code, although at that time it was more or less merely a codification of the procedures and regulations that the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army had already been following. The next year, as you recall, the National Flag Conference made some slight changes to the Code and called it good, leaving it to Congress to eventually draft a resolution recognizing the Code as Law. Which, you certainly recollect, they got around to doing in 1942.

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