7 Ways to Display Your American Flag

Image 1The American flag is not just a piece of material; it is a symbol of your country. As such, it should be treated with respect and care. Most people are familiar with the traditional flying of the flag from a flagpole at government buildings, schools, etc., and many others show their national pride by flying the flag from their residence. Beyond these standard displays, there are many other ways to display your flag. Most of them are such a part of our life that we don’t notice them anymore, but if they were gone it would surely leave a giant hole in the fabric of our country.

Let’s look at seven ways to display the American flag.

Stationary Flagpole

If you have a stationary flagpole, your American flag can be flown proudly above your business or residence. If there are other flags that are also flown, the American flag is to be flown above them at the highest level, and no other flag is to be larger than the American flag. When flags are flown outdoors, they should be made of a material that can withstand the winds, since flying a tattered flag is not acceptable.

Flags should not be flown in inclement weather unless they were designed for this purpose. For example, AmericanFlags.com offers outdoor flags constructed from 100% 2-ply, spun woven polyester that is resistant to high winds, rain, and snow with bright, fade-resistant colors. These flags meet U.S. government and military specifications.

American flags are not to be flown at night unless they are illuminated.

Removable Flagpole

Many homes and businesses have a flag that is attached to a removable pole that can be placed attached to the home or business. These flags should be flown in such a way that they will not touch the ground or be caught up in foliage, branches, or other obstacles, as the American flag must always be able to fly freely. If these flags are to be flown at night, ensure they are illuminated.

Should you desire your flag to fly in inclement weather, ensure that it is constructed of the same superior material as those flown on a stationary pole. If your flag will be taken down during these times, you might consider a flag of durable nylon or even a Bulldog Cotton American flag.

AmericanFlags.com makes flying the flag easy and affordable with complete residential flag sets in both lighted and unlighted varieties.

Stick Flags

When you don’t have the option to fly a flag from your own post, or simply want to add to the experience, stick flags are a great alternative. These flags are smaller but just as powerful in their message. Consider putting them in a planter box or lining the walkway. AmericanFlags.com even has a stick flag with a solar-operated light on the top.

Grave Markers

There is no greater way to honor the memory of those who have fought and died so bravely for our country than to remember them with the flag they served under.

Indoor Flagpole

Whether it is for a ceremony or a permanent display, an indoor flagpole is the way to go. The flag should always be displayed to the right of a stage or speaking area – to the audience’s left. Because so many walkway ceilings are low, it is important to carefully secure the flag and carry the pole properly instead of tilting the pole and dragging the flag.

Cars

Flying the American flag on your car is a way to show your patriotism wherever you go. Car flags are designed to be flown in and around town. Their life will be shortened if used at high speeds or in inclement weather. Car dealers will want to display these flags on all of their models during patriotic holidays.

Hands

During patriotic holidays, every hand should have a flag in it. Be sure to have enough flags for each member of your family. Waving the flag is a great way to teach your children about the importance of patriotism. Get them for your classes at school, for your youth at church, or for the neighborhood.

There are so many ways to recognize your country by proudly displaying the American flag. Not only does it show patriotism, but it is a great way to say thank you to the men and women who have served their country with honor and distinction. Knowing that it is so important to do so, AmericanFlags.com has made it possible to purchase the style and size you require at a price that you can afford.

Flags to be at Half Staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

halfstaffThe White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2016

Presidential Proclamation: Death of Antonin Scalia

As a mark of respect for Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 7 of title 4, United States Code, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

Honoring Our Fallen: The American Flag Presentation

military-funeralEvery day men and women join our Armed Services, some making the ultimate sacrifice in laying down their lives. The worst moment in any spouse, parent, or child’s life is seeing the uniformed soldier walk up to your front door, knowing exactly what it is they are about to tell you. You heart races, a churning in your stomach, knowing the person you love most in the world has given their life to protect our country and freedom.

For the comrades, the most difficult duty they ever perform is driving to the home of the fallen soldier’s parents. Once they greet the family, they present a tri-folded American flag to commemorate the fallen soldier. The soldier’s comrades will say something along the lines of, “Your son/daughter fought honorably. On behalf of the President of the United States, please accept this flag as a gift in appreciation for the sacrifice your son/daughter has made.”

To honor these heroes, the military has an established a beautiful burial ceremony, with slight differences depending on the branch of armed forces in which the fallen fought and died. The wishes of the fallen soldier and the family are always taken into consideration, to ensure the preferred religious requirements are included in the ceremony.

As a military funeral begins, the flags are lowered to half-mast, in honor of the soldier who died. This gesture is often comforting to the family, knowing their departed loved one died for the country they loved, and that their memory will live on in every American by honoring his or her sacrifice.

Most funerals are presided over by a priest, minister, pastor or other religious figure, and they will speak comforting words about the fallen hero, including appropriate excerpts that are beautiful and heartening. In a military funeral, some things remain the same across the different branches of service.

Traditionally, the American flag is laid across the casket, with the blue stars over the heart (left side) of the fallen hero. Often, after the religious part of the ceremony has completed, there will be a 21 gun salute, while another soldier plays “Taps” on the trumpet. This is the most saddening part of any funeral, as the notes played pull at your heartstrings like nothing else will.

While Taps is being played, officers from the deceased’s branch of service will take the edges of the flag and begin the 13 folds, which, since the inception of this tradition, have developed multiple meanings. The most common words spoken by the officers are:

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for, as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for, in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. You can read more scripts for the folding of the American flag.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the flag is presented to the next of kin, often the parents, spouse, or child of the fallen hero. Depending on the branch of the Armed Services in which the deceased served, the phrase the officer says to the family upon presenting the flag may change a bit. Below are the comforting words of appreciation used, courtesy of Military Salute:

U.S. Air Force: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of (Service Member’s rank and name).”

U.S. Army: “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

U.S. Coast Guard: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and the Coast Guard.”

U.S. Marine Corps: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.”

U.S. Navy: “On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy.”

These ceremonies are extremely emotional and often come too soon in a soldier’s life. The best thing anyone can do is be sure to use a flag made by Americans, for Americans, to honor an American soldier. You can find the highest quality flags available at AmericanFlags.com, founded in Long Island, New York just one month after 9/11.

The Stars and Stripes

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At its most basic level, a flag is simply fabric, some color, maybe a pattern, and some stitching to pull it all together. However, a flag is not the sum of the materials that make it up; the worth of a flag is in the sum of ideas that it represents. While Betsy Ross understood that the cloth she fabricated into 13 stars, and 13 stripes was to represent a burgeoning nation, she could not have foreseen what that banner would come to represent, what would become the fabric of the nation that was coming to life.

Rather, flying over the White House, or your own house, our American flag is now a universal symbol of liberty, freedom, and democracy the world over. Rather, raised by valiant Marines over Iwo Jima in that most iconic of images, or raised by your own family on the fourth of July, the Stars and Stripes is flown with pride, pride in our nation, in our noble history, and our present role as the guardians of liberty around the globe.

Crafted and first hoisted in rebellion during troubled times, the pigments and patterns have long encapsulated the elements of what it means to be American: pride, honesty, and the value of hard work. Strong and flexible, the very threads of the American flag reflect the complex interwoven mixture of cultures and values that have produced our unique and multifaceted national character.

While initially speaking of the colors of our Nation’s Great Seal, the shared colors of the Stars and Stripes have, over time, become enriched with meaning, expanding on our national legacy, each significant for the virtues and values they represent within our republic: White for the purity and innocence of a new nation; red to represent the valor, hardiness, and commitment that would be necessary to defend the republic; and blue to embody the vigilance and justice necessary to ensure the perseverance of the noble experiment the nation has built and sustained. A nation as Lincoln so eloquently stated, which was conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Is there any wonder why our flag commands such strong emotions and such respect across the globe?

At AmericanFlags.com we pride ourselves on our selection of high quality American flags, made right here in the USA. We offer American flags made by Americans, for Americans, right here at home. You’ll also find flagpoles, and a wide array of other supplies to allow you and your family to demonstrate the pride you feel toward our great land. Holidays like the Fourth of July are, of course, ideal times to display your patriotism; however, your patriotic spirit need not wait for America’s birthday to be on display! Displaying the flag shows your true American spirit year round—that same spirit which has made America the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave for more than two centuries.

Along with our wide array of items to show your pride in our great land, AmericanFlags.com also offers a complete line of historic flags, military flags, world flags, state and city flags, along with flags advertising religious and sports affiliations for indoor and outdoor use. You won’t find a more comprehensive selection of quality flags anywhere else.

Our wide range of offerings reflects the extensive history of flags, from their origin in ancient times, to their prominent role in medieval heraldry, and their continued use to reflect pride in one’s origins, or more mundane affiliations. Banners praising sports teams, promoting public events, schools, and companies can be seen everywhere. Soldiers the world over bear their country’s flag on their uniforms with grace and pride. Global sporting events such as The Olympic Games or The World Cup offer vivid visual cascades of countries represented through color. Though admirable for their simple beauty alone, these flags clearly proclaim a simple, wordless message: “I belong.”

It is no doubt this message of belonging that brought the flag to the prominent role it plays in society today. At AmericanFlags.com you’ll find what you need to display your own feelings of belonging.

South Carolina Teacher Grabs $85,000 for Stomping US Flag

South Carolina teacher Scott Compton is reportedly receiving $85,000 in settlement money after he was removed from his Chapin High School classroom after stomping on an American flag while discussing freedom. The school district paid the monies after Compton threatened a federal lawsuit. He has also received his annual salary since the incident last fall (even though he hasn’t taught since then) and will receive a letter of recommendation from the district. Compton has told reporters that he was simply trying to teach the students a lesson about American freedoms and liberties. Indeed, Compton has the right to stomp on our national symbol, but that doesn’t make it correct.  And expecting good judgement from our teachers shouldn’t be too much to ask.

A news story on Scott Compton’s payday is linked here.

American Flag Bikinis?

This time of year, we get lots of requests for American Flag bikinis. A desire to display your patriotism and love of country, even at the beach or pool is great, though US Flag Code specifies that “the flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” Most of these swimsuits aren’t actually made of flags, but instead bear the stars and stripes characteristic of Old Glory. Still, a replica of our nation’s symbol placed on your butt seems disrespectful. american-flag-bikini-13