Heroes’ Hangouts – 25 VFW Posts You Should Know

Heroes' Hangouts – 25 VFW Posts You Should Know

Americans owe a great deal of gratitude to veterans who have served in foreign wars to defend the United States and its interests. Thanks to the sacrifices of these brave men and women who show their allegiance to the American flag, we get to enjoy the freedoms that we have in the United States. To show our gratitude, our society thanks veterans through organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which has many independent posts across the country. Continue reading

Virginia Flag: History and Significance

Virginia flag on the mast

The wide variety of designs, colors, and styles of our nation’s state flags is stunning. Every state has a banner that flies over state buildings, in schools and in many homes of proud residents. The Commonwealth of Virginia is no exception. While it is like many other state flags that feature the state seal on a blue field, the Virginia flag is the omnipresent symbol of a great state with a long and interesting history. Continue reading

Ode to Our American Flag – How the Star-Spangled Banner Became National Anthem

 

Until the War of 1812, the primary function of the American flag was to identify ships and forts. The flag didn’t attract the reverence of the public. It wasn’t until Francis Scott Key wrote a song glorifying it that the flag took on symbolic meaning to Americans. The sight of the flag rallied Key and his fellow prisoners. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Flags Around the World Inspired by the American Flag

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The American flag is iconic. It is instantly recognizable around the world, and it has had an influence on the design of flags from many different countries. Some flags resemble the American flag because of ancestral links, while others have a shared history that is celebrated or remembered through similar colors or designs. Continue reading

Quaint and Quirky – 20 Best Small Town Fourth of July Celebrations

Quaint and Quirky - 20 Best Small Town Fourth of July CelebrationsPatriotic holiday. Happy family, father and his daughter child girl with American flag outdoors on background sunset cityscape. USAFourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s the best day to express your patriotic passion in an unabated way. From sea to shining sea, towns and cities across the nation each have their own ways to celebrate America’s birthday. Some of these towns have a direct connection to 1776, while others make up for it with their festiveness and unique celebrations.

While Washington D.C. may be the obvious choice for those wishing to celebrate, smaller towns offer quaint and quirky charms that can’t be replicated in the one-size-fits-all celebrations of larger cities. As eclectic towns across the nation, each with their own unique traditions and ways of celebrating, come together to commemorate this special day, America’s patriot spirit comes alive! Here are the 20 best small-town celebrations across the country. Continue reading

Patriotic Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is the day we get to show Dad how much he means to us. The day hadn’t been proclaimed officially during World War II, but it became popular nationwide as a day to celebrate and show support for so many fathers serving in the war effort.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Americans celebrated Fathers Day in June regularly just as they did Mother’s Day in May. President Nixon finally signed the proclamation in 1972, creating the official Father’s Day we know today. This year, get your Dad the perfect gift that celebrates his unique and special status. Continue reading