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. Continue reading
Armed Forces Day has been recognized as an official national holiday since 1961. America celebrates Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday of May every year, and in 2017, May 20th is the day to remember.
Since Armed Forces Day is not far off, many of us want to find the perfect gift to show our love and support for the U.S. military and their families. Showing support by visiting military air shows and attending patriotic parades it a wonderful way to spend the day. Giving a gift, however, serves as a constant reminder of our American pride all year long.
Of all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Navy may be the most diverse. Everyone thinks of the Navy as just sailors, protecting our country from the deck of a ship, but the Navy has a rich intelligence branch, a naval air force and a special operations force, the Navy SEALS.
The brave men and women who serve our country in the Navy are much more than sailors patrolling our waters. With their prestigious history of service, it is fitting that the Navy has a flag as proud as their servicemen. Continue reading
While all state flags have interesting histories, few states have a flag story as remarkable as that of Texas. The Lone Star State is one of the only states in America that had to fight for its right to fly its flag, as well as its independence from Mexico. The history and design of the Texas state flag are just as unique and patriotic as the people it represents.
History of the Texas Flag
Throughout history, Texas has flown seven flags, and six of these were national flags, which signified who ruled the state at the time. These include the French, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, American and the Republic of Texas flags. Even today, Texans flies all six of these flags in public and private displays of patriotism. Continue reading
Finding 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. Continue reading
The Pledge of Allegiance is recited every day across the United States of America, whether it’s in school, a group meeting or a commemorative service. People of all ages know to face the flag, place their right hand over their heart and recite the words.
As an American, we learn the pledge of allegiance at a very young age and often recite it each day of our lives. But what is the history and meaning behind the Pledge of Allegiance, and how were its words (some of which have been highly debated) chosen? Continue reading
Throughout the United States, several historic homes have become symbols of America’s rich heritage and the patriots that helped shape the country. These landmarks provided a backdrop to the American Revolution, housing the fathers and mothers of America as they struggled to gain independence and freedom.
As these homes became synonymous with American patriotism, many tourists have made a pilgrimage to visit these illustrious estates. Today, these homes are kept in pristine condition, oftentimes decorated with an American flag in honor of their legacies. Continue reading
Patriots Day is considered one of the most important celebrations in Massachusetts and Maine, due to the rich history associated with the day. As a result, most residents of these states use the day off to truly celebrate, hosting and attending parties and festivities with fellow revelers. Here are some suggestions for how to utilize American flag décor for all your Patriots Day celebrations, whether you are hosting or attending as a guest. Continue reading
The U.S. Coast Guard is often forgotten in a discussion of the American military, but they play a vital role in guarding and protecting the waters of the United States. They embark on hundreds of lifesaving search and rescue missions for boaters and sailors in distress. While nearly everyone is familiar with the flags for larger branches of the American military, the Coast Guard flag often goes unrecognized even though it has a long and proud tradition of faithful Americans serving under its banner.
Most people of Irish descent are very proud of their heritage. Thus, it makes sense they would use a variety of flags to display their pride in the land of Eire or Ireland. One such flag is the Erin Go Bragh flag. The flag features a yellow harp on a green field with the words “Erin Go Bragh.” Continue reading