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

Saluting First Responders – Why We Fly the Firefighter Flag

First responders are among the bravest people in the workforce. They put their lives on the line to rescue and save the lives of others. Firefighters are among the many other first responders who risk their lives every day they are on the job. They work 24-hour shifts and, sometimes, take up to ten calls a day to protect their communities and the people who live in them.

We fly the firefighter flag in tribute to these brave men and women who help keep us safe.

Benjamin Franklin in fireman uniform Continue reading

Outdoor Flags for Flag Day – Our Recommendations

American Flag on flagpole

We celebrate Flag Day in the United States on June 14th every year to honor the flag of our country. People throughout the country proudly fly their flags to demonstrate their patriotism and love of country.

If you have never flown a flag outdoors, start a family tradition this year and do so. Before you do, you need to decide what type of flag to fly and on what sort of flagpole you need to properly display it. Continue reading

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag: A History of the Pledge of Allegiance

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

Thin Blue Line Flag and 12 More Ways to Support Law Enforcement

Blue line flag and 12 more ways to support law enforcementWe rely on our police, firefighters, EMTs, and other public service workers to keep our communities safe. Their jobs are difficult and often dangerous, but the brave men and women who take on these duties rarely give them a second thought. With so much unrest recently, now is a great time to show your support for law enforcement and the important role they fill in our communities. We’ve put together a collection of simple gestures to show your appreciation. Continue reading