20 Ways to Show Your American Pride Wherever You Go

20 Ways to Show Your American Pride Wherever You Go

American pride is more than a feeling. It binds us together as citizens of the greatest country in the world and provides common ground for even the most divided groups. Pride in our country isn’t something that should be shelved until July. It can be a part of our everyday lives and a lot of fun to explore on a daily basis. Continue reading

Spice Up Your Next Big Occasion with a Custom Banner

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If you’re the type of person who enjoys get-togethers, neighborhood barbeques, and sporting events, there might be one thing missing from your party supplies. Whether it’s a birthday party or a block party, a custom banner can enhance any gathering.

Where to Find Your Custom Banner

First, you need to choose what kind of event can best be complimented by a custom banner. Maybe you’re creating a neighborhood get-together for the 4th of July, and you need a banner to honor the patriotic spirit of the day.

Next, it’s time to decide what type of material you need. Does your banner need to be waterproof for outdoor use, or will it only be used indoors? Are you planning to hang it, or will it stand alone?

These are all questions that help plan the ideal custom banner for the special occasion. In addition, we can create custom flags and tablecloths for your event.

The Look

We offer our customers the option of uploading their own complete design for custom orders. If you do have some design knowledge, we accept designs in a variety of formats. We will let you know if your image is of good quality or seek your approval to adjust it a little for improvement.

However, if you are like many people, you may need a little help to create the perfect flag or banner. We offer many design templates, so you can choose the perfect one and customize the text. If you’re hosting a 4th of July barbeque for your neighborhood, you can have your unique banner accompany the American flags and other patriotic décor in your yard or home.

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Custom Design Services

We are dedicated to helping you create a custom design to fit your budget. For most orders, the size of the banner will determine your starting price. If you are looking for a specific design and size, simply send us the exact specifications of the banner, flag, or tablecloth, and we will provide you with a pricing quote.

You can communicate directly with the customer service team, who are standing by to ensure your satisfaction. We take the utmost care to perfect the design so that you have a great finished product that will last many seasons. We use beautiful, luxurious satin for our custom flags and banners.

Receive your custom banner within two weeks, but expedited shipping is an option if you need it quickly. Once it arrives, you’ll have your new staple for your Independence Day neighborhood block party, or any other special event. Your banner will look great in your backyard or parade float, especially when surrounded by patriotic decorations.

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Sit Back and Enjoy!

Once your guests start arriving, they will admire your hard work. It will look as if you spent countless hours perfecting every detail of your party. Watch as all eyes are drawn to your beautifully made custom banner. They will ooh and ahh over your detailed décor. Plus, you can store your banner and break it out for holiday celebrations for years to come.

Custom banners are the way to go when it comes to neighborhood events or parties. They can be displayed vertically or horizontally, and, with so many different sizes, you’ll find the perfect one for your block party! Whether it’s an Independence Day barbeque or a Christmas parade you can be sure your custom banner will enhance any gathering.

Holiday Flags for Small-Town Celebrations

If you’re looking for a great way to add a little bit of festive flair to your small-town holiday celebration, there’s no better choice than holiday flags and banners. These flags come in a wide variety of holiday-themed decorations featuring snowmen, Santa, candy canes, winter animals, reindeers, snowflakes, and more. They’re also available with special seasonal messages like “Season’s Greetings” and “Merry Christmas.” In other words, they’re the perfect way to add some warm cheer to your town this year!

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Navy Day is October 27th

Navy Day is celebrated in the United States on October 27th and provides us with an opportunity to express our gratitude and thanks to those who have served, those who are currently serving in the US Navy and the families of servicemen and women.

Here’s a brief history of the US Navy

A Matter Of Trade Protection And Defense

anchors aweigh centennial coin backOn October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. It was disbanded at the Revolutionary War’s end, and replaced with the Naval Act of 1794 under John Adams. This created our first standing navy, originally made up of just six frigates. No longer under British protection, the colonies had to defend their merchant ships from the Barbary nations and the French.

After the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy spent decades fighting pirates and slave trade. In 1861, the US Navy fought the Confederate Navy in the Civil War, successfully blockading them from supply. Congress voted in 1882 to enhance US defense, and over the next decade the fleet would go from a collection of mostly wooden sailing ships to compete with the world’s strongest navies. The US Navy won key battles during the Spanish-American War, and drew comparisons to the formidable British.

During the ’20s and ’30s, shipbuilding was an integral part of the US defense effort, and by 1946 the Navy employed over 1,600 warships. Following the Cold War, the Soviet navy was in ruins due to lack of funding, and the US focused on stronger arsenals and less building. Many of the ships used in World War 2 were obsolete, and advances in ballistic missiles and submarine technology had altered the mindsets of defense planners.

The US Navy, as seen in the following examples, has been vital to the continued existence of the United States.

The Battle Of Lake Erie

In July, 1812, the Salina was delivering salt at Fort Mackinac in northwestern Lake Huron when the fort was captured by the British. Captain Dan Dobbins brought news of the capture of Detroit and Fort Mackinac to Erie.

President Madison gave Dobbins material and men to build ships in Erie, calling it a “fleet in the wilderness”. Dobbins enlisted the tactical aid of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who procured carronades, a short-range but devastating English weapon. Once built, Perry and the fleet sailed up the channel toward the British, who, due to fog and distance, had not seen their advance.

Perry’s fleet had the maneuvering advantage. Perry closed to about a half mile to take full advantage of the carronades, avoiding damage from the long guns. Perry, in the Lawrence, bore most of the battle, and soon the ship was no longer manageable. Perry noted the Niagara was intact, called for a boat and transferred. The British thought the Lawrence was about to surrender and ceased firing, assuming they had won.

Perry maneuvered the Niagara to cut the enemy line of formation. He raked the Lady Prevost at close range, and fired a starboard broadside at the Detroit and Queen Charlotte. The rest of Perry’s sailors redoubled their efforts and in time, the suprise attack and resulting press proved too much for the British, who surrendered.

In Britain, the Duke of Wellington was requested to recapture western Canada and control of the Lakes. Wellington refused, due to the now untenable naval situation. The dream of the British empire in North America was finished.

The Battle of Manila Bay

On commencement of the Spanish-American War of 1898, George Dewey was ordered to destroy the Spanish ships in the Philippines. Dewey’s group consisted of three cruisers, two gunboats, and two steamers. The Spanish naval force, led by Admiral Montojo, consisted of seven unarmored ships, the largest of which was entirely wooden.

Montojo recommended moving to Subic Bay near Manila to wait for the attack, and counter the Americans as they sailed into nearby Manila. But work there on gun batteries was far from complete, so the Admiral was forced back into defending Manila directly. The Spanish anchored southwest of Manila.

Upon finding Subic Bay empty, Dewey moved to Manila Bay and formed his ships into an oval line. The Americans scored early hits on the large Spanish warships. The gunnery emplacements there were under heavy repair, and the few that operated fired ineffectually.

Montojo’s fleet was destroyed, with 371 casualties compared to only 9 Americans wounded. When official word on the magnitude of the U.S. Navy’s victory reached the United States, Dewey was hailed as a hero by the American public. His victory at Manila Bay began a series of events that dramatically increased America’s interests and commitments in the Pacific.

The Battle of Midway

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Japanese continued their attacks in the Pacific, wishing to rid itself of the American threat there. To this point, the US had adopted a defensive stance.

Code breakers, who had been exhaustively intercepting and analyzing coded messages from the Japanese, finally cracked their complex JN-25 code. This gave Admiral Nimitz access to the Japanese playbook, and with it the ability to turn an enemy ambush into one of their own.

The Japanese goal was to attack Midway, capture it and use it as an advance base that would establish an eastern shield for its own Pacific operations. They knew the U.S. would defend it with all available resources and hoped to lure the Navy carriers and fleet into a trap.

On June 2nd, 1942, the Navy positioned three aircraft carriers with aircraft, support ships, and personnel around Midway Island. On June 4, Japanese planes took off from four Japanese carriers and began bombing Midway at dawn. The US responded by sending out waves of bombers and torpedo planes, sinking the four Japanese carriers. This action effectively halted the Japanese offensive in the Pacific.


The US Navy Today

Today, the United States Navy has 104 ships deployed globally, and there are 272 currently active, with about 160 in reserve. There are around 70 more in either the planning stages or under construction, according to the Naval Vessel Register. It also has 3,700 aircraft, and 328,000 personnel on active duty and 111,000 in the Navy Reserve. Its total tonnage makes the US Navy the largest navy in the world.

AmericanFlags.com proudly features navy flags for sale along with navy shirts and navy sweatshirts. AmericanFlags.com also features a full line of navy hats and military gifts.

AmericanFlags.com debuts Thin Blue Line Flags

blue_3x5__91714.1410809918.1280.1280AmericanFlags.com announced today that is is debuting a Thin Blue Line Flag designed to honor and remember law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty. The new flag is made in Memphis, Tennessee and crafted in heavy duty nylon. Each flag measures 3′ X 5′ and a second garden banner-sized version is available as well. The 3′ X 5′ Thin Blue Line Flag is a perfect way to show your solidarity with America’s men and women working to keep our communities safer. The flag, regularly priced at $39.99 is on sale for $28.

Buy a Thin Blue Line Flag now!