American Flag Décor Ideas for Patriots Day

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

Inauguration Party Décor Ideas

Front of the United States White HouseIt comes around every four years: the presidential inauguration. If you’re just an average citizen who doesn’t have an inaugural ball ticket in hand, you can still enjoy the evening’s festivities with your own inauguration party. By celebrating at home with the historical inauguration playing in the background, your family and friends can have a fun and history-filled evening. Continue reading

30 Great American Flag Crafts

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The American flag is a very popular subject for crafting. There is, of course, some controversy regarding whether a particular medium is suitable for creating one, or even whether using an American flag is appropriate in the first place. The Flag Code states that the flag should not be used in a disrespectful or inappropriate manner, which is implied insofar as disposable or edible items featuring the flag. It should not be desecrated (in this case, written on or cut up), nor worn as clothing, used as bedding, or as a receptacle. Continue reading

Top Care Packages and Gifts for Military Servicemen

Is your husband (brother, father, son, uncle, cousin, or friend) deployed with the military? Chances are he is missing you just as much as you are missing him. You can send him a care package and boost his morale. It will also help you feel better about dealing with the time apart. Maybe you are unsure of what to send, or how to send it. Check out these top gifts for military service men!

Since you cannot mail yourself to your loved one, take a look at this list of goodies every man in the service would love and appreciate receiving.

One of the primary gifts you can give to your loved one overseas is an American flag. You can have it personalized with a flag case, or send a standard flag. It represents more than you think. It symbolizes freedom. Your soldier will feel honored to receive one, and it will give him the courage to continue fighting for our nation’s beliefs. He will fly it proudly in his room or designated area. It is a daily reminder that his sacrifice means something special; his fighting is not in vain. The American flag reflects bravery, independence, liberty, and justice. It is the perfect gift to give to your military servicemen.

Food and Drink

Powdered drink mix—there is an assortment of drink powders that can be mixed with water. Depending on the weather, you can send hot or cold beverages. Cocoa, coffee, tea bags, and creamers are ideal for the colder times whereas lemonade and iced tea are perfect for the summer months.

Snacks — this is a broad category, but a few tips will make the mailing process easier. Send hard containers because bags may explode under high pressure. If you want to send multiple treats, consider putting them in smaller Ziploc bags, so he can carry a small package with him. Salty snacks like nuts, chips, pretzels, and flavored popcorn will encourage your soldier to drink more water. Snack cakes, cheese crackers, and cookies are very popular snacks. Jelly beans, beef jerky, and sunflower seeds are also delicious.

Protein treats are also in high demand like energy bars, tuna fish, and summer sausage. If you send any meat, make sure it says USDA beef on the package.

You should avoid chocolate, especially if your loved one is in a warm climate for fear of it melting. Gum should be sealed in a Ziploc bag to keep it from getting gooey. This also goes for any other soft candy. Make sure you mail extras so that he can share with his friends.

Meal Enhancers — Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are not always the ideal dinner choice. You can send meal enhancers like hot sauce, mustard, relish, ketchup, and other condiments, which will make the food taste better. Seasoned salt, ramen noodles, and other foods that can be easily mixed with MREs are perfect.

Personal Items

The best way to send personal items is as travel-sized containers. You want to mail small containers; not aerosol cans. Even if it is brand new, be sure to cover the item with plastic wrap (you can open it, wrap it, and recap it). This will help prevent any spillage.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
  • Shaving lotion and disposable razors
  • Cotton swabs, packaged tissues, and baby wipes
  • Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and body wash
  • Eye drops, lip balm, lotion, and medicated foot powder
  • Aspirin, Vicks VapoRub, and topical cream pain relievers like IcyHot
  • Goggle-styled sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Socks and underwear that are 100% cotton (long
Fun and Games

Guys usually want something to do while deployed (outside of the typical drills and combat). During their downtime, they will need to pass the time. You can send an assortment of things that pertain to entertainment. If your soldier enjoyed playing a particular game at home, he would love to play it while overseas, too.

  • Reading material — paperback books, current magazines, and comic books are all great reading material.
  • Word games and puzzles — jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and crossword puzzles are a perfect way to pass the time.
  • Sporting gear — you can send small things like foam footballs, hacky-sacs, Frisbees, yo-yos, and other fun sports games.
  • Other games — dice, cards, and plastic model kits are another wonderful way to pass the time.
  • Electronics — portable equipment works best when it comes to DVD players and CD players. Do not forget the music and movies! Handheld electronic games, Amazon Kindles, iPads, iPods, and laptops are also fun.
  • Batteries — the most popular sizes are AA and D, but make sure you remove the batteries, so the equipment does not turn on during shipment. Anytime mail carriers hear a buzzing, vibrating, booming noise, or ticking; they will go into bomb mode.
  • Writing material — pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, and stamps are always in high demand.
  • Disposable and digital cameras
  • Phone cards — you can get a good deal on oversea minutes!
Reminders of Home

Every soldier misses his family. Sending a handwritten letter is one of the best gifts of all! Even if you are talking about your daily routine or regular at-home activities, your loved one will cherish it. Photographs, drawings, children’s artwork and schoolwork, a scrapbook with mementos, and a homemade videotape are all lovely gifts.

What Not to Send

Depending where your loved one is stationed, you will have to be careful of what you send. For example, it is not wise to send anything offensive to the Middle Eastern or Persian Gulf areas. The country will monitor what is being brought into their country, so you do not want to give your soldier any extra grief. The United States Postal Service also lists the military restrictions on its website. Things that offend the Islamic faith or usually off limits including the following:

  • Pork and pork by-products
  • Obscene material like semi-nude or nude persons, pornographic images, or sexual items
  • Alcohol
  • Unauthorized political material
  • Bibles in bulk — of course, it is okay to send a Bible to your loved one, but do not mail a stack of Bibles that you want to be passed out. Anything that is contrary to the Islamic faith should be kept at bay.
Packing Tips

It can take up to two weeks for your care package to reach the designated country. However, more time is likely to pass before your soldier gets his hands on it. When sending food, drinks, and other goodies, keep this in mind because you do not want anything to spoil or get ruined by climate extremes.

  • Double check size and weight restrictions — rule of thumb say packages cannot be bigger than 108 inches in total circumference. This can be calculated by measuring the total width around the package plus its total length. In general, it should be the size of a shoebox. Do not mail a package with an unauthorized label. For example, if you use wine or liquor box, it will be deemed nonmailable immediately. Priority mail boxes can be picked up at your local post office for free.
  • Include a card with the contents — write the soldier’s name and your name on the card along with a list of the specific materials. That way, if for any reason the package gets opened or tossed around, the mail carriers will know what to repack.
  • Number your packages — because you can only send small boxes, you may want to send more than one at a time. It will help if you number your boxes and letters, just in case it takes a while for one to reach your loved one. He can be on the lookout for the missing number.
  • Always use Ziploc bags — this goes for anything that may spill or leak!
  • Double and triple wrap fragile items — feel free to use reusable packing material like tissues, local newspapers, popcorn-filled baggies, beanbag-style stuffed toys, and other materials that will cushion your products. Plus, your loved one can also use each of the wrapping materials for other purposes.
  • Write out the complete address — the package should clearly list the service member’s name, unit name (including the ship, squadron, etc.), APO/FPO address, and the nine-digit ZIP code.
  • Mail packages early — this is true all year-round, but especially during the holiday season. Millions of pounds of mail will be shipped in the month of December alone.
Other Rules and Regulations

Sending mail across the state or the country is subject to rules and regulations, so mailing a care package overseas are no different. In fact, it must adhere to that many more standards. In order to make sure your loved one receives your gifts on time, you need to ensure you follow all of these rules and regulations.

You do not want to write the name of the foreign country on the package because it will be tossed into the traditional international mail system rather than the military roundup. This will delay your package significantly, and will also cost more money. Instead of going through exchange offices and post offices, military mail is sorted by the United States Postal Service and then sent to the designated military hubs. Military postal service members then handle the mail.

As mentioned before, it is crucial that you list the APO/FPO address on the package along with the military ZIP code. If you are unsure of the correct code, you can review the website of Operation Home Front.

Although following all the rules, regulations, and packing tips can be overwhelming, it is wise to do so. The first few care packages might be difficult to mail, but you will get used to it, and your soldier will love you for it.

Gifts after a Safe Return Home

Once your military servicemen return home, you can continue to give them unique gifts. Personalized items are the most heartfelt. Your father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, or friend will cherish your thoughtful gifts. If you need a few ideas on what to give him for Christmas, birthdays, other special occasions, or just because, you should consider these items:

  • Flags and flag cases
  • Garden flags, garden stones, and yard stakes
  • Ornaments
  • Pendants
  • Plaques
  • Picture frames
  • Key rings
  • Paperweights
  • Blankets and Afghans
  • Banners

You can make them personalized by having their name and rank engraved, a picture added, or any other special touch you deem worthy. It is best to save these types of gifts for a welcoming home party. It will give them something to look forward to once they get home (although seeing you again will be the best and most priceless gift ever).

Observing National Flag Day

american-flag-825730_1280While the Fourth of July and Memorial Day Weekend may receive almost all of the patriotic glory, so to speak, one particular holiday remains consistently overlooked yet universally beloved: Flag Day.

Celebrated annually on June 14th, and officially established as a national day of recognition by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, the day commemorates the official adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777, by a resolution passed by the Second Continental Congress. (The U.S. Army celebrates the Army’s birthday on this day as well.)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Scouts, 4-H groups, and numerous other patriotic communities around the country make use of the day to educate interested individuals on the history of our flag and the traditions surrounding it.

A Brief History of National Flag Day: Origins

One of the key players in the founding of National Flag Day was Bernard J. Cigrand, a child of Luxembourgian immigrants. Inspired by his father’s love for the United States and the sacrifices he made to establish a home here for his wife and children, Cigrand nurtured a love for the American flag from his earliest years that would carry through the rest of his life.

In 1885, as a mere nineteen-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School, he assigned essays to his students on the importance of the American flag, its history, and its significance. That same year, Cigrand enrolled in dental school and, despite working hard enough to graduate at the top of his class, he spent much of his precious free time dedicated to promoting official recognition of the flag by the government.

Almost immediately upon graduating, Cigrand spoke to the Chicago organization The Sons of America, citing the many benefits that would stem from establishing a national holiday celebrating the flag. He was thus soon appointed the editor-in-chief of their new magazine, The American Standard, and would go on to write hundreds of articles in countless publications advocating a national flag day.

Flag Day Kicks Off

On the third Saturday of June in 1894, the first Flag Day celebration hosted by public schools was held in Lincoln, Humboldt, Douglas, Garfield, and Washington Parks, with over 300,000 children in attendance. The next several decades would see 36 governors, hundreds of mayors of both big cities and small towns, and no less than five presidents send delegates and official statements to these events sanctioning the celebration and commemoration of an official Flag Day.

On June 14, 1916, Wilson finally declared the day a national holiday. At 50 years old, this was the crowning achievement of Cigrand’s life and the fruition of years of a labor of love, igniting a fire for this simple patriotic cause in the hearts of millions of Americans. The Chicago Tribune would later write that Cigrand “almost singlehandedly”  brought the holiday into the national consciousness.

Thank You, Pennsylvania!

That is not to say, however, that dozens of other individuals were not equally as instrumental in the establishment of a national Flag Day. George Bolch, the principal of one of the first free kindergartens in the United States, celebrated Flag Day at his school in 1889.

Intriguingly enough, many of these patriots hailed from Pennsylvania. In 1893, the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania President Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a descendant of Ben Franklin with a vested interested in her country’s history, fought to pass legislation requiring the display of the American flag on all public buildings in the city of Philadelphia. As a result, many flag enthusiasts still credit Philadelphia as the first home of Flag Day.

In 1888, William T. Kerr, a Pittsburgh native and future inhabitant of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania. He would then go on to attend President Truman’s 1949 signing of the Act of Congress that would officiate the observance of National Flag Day. Furthermore, the state of Pennsylvania was the first state (in 1937) to officiate Flag Day as a holiday.

Celebrating Flag Day Today

National Flag Day is, of course, celebrated and recognized all over the country, in schools, on television, and on the radio. The National Flag Day Foundation hosts a unique program that begins with the singing of the National Anthem, a lovely ceremonial raising of the flag, and a reciting of the Pledge of the Allegiance with all present.

At this event, and many others around the country, there are musical salutes and air flyovers from the Armed Forces and other branches of the military. It is quite the spectacle! The streets are usually closed for a parade that features hundreds of military and marching units; local high school bands, color guards, and other groups and members of the local performing arts community; Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and floats.

During the week of Flag Day, the sitting president will make an official statement asking Americans to fly their flags publicly; all government buildings must do so as well. Many organizations, such as the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore and the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, all host their own events and parades as well.

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What a Flag Can Do for You

Tus-flag-car-window-flag_415_3he American flag in its current form (50 stars and 13 stripes) has been around since July 4, 1960. In 2007, it became the longest lasting version of the United States flag ever flown. While the American flag is one of the best known and most identifiable images in the world, flags themselves come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and meanings. Best of all, flags can have an amazing impact on your life.

Flags are versatile and can promote your organization or event in a way that no other form of marketing or advertising can. From public image and brand awareness, flags display the confidence you have in your product or service. Why else does every major business or brand utilize flags and banners?

National pride

While not everybody in our country is a patriot, the number of men and women who hold a strong sense of national pride are still the majority of your customers. Proudly displaying the American flag may not seem like much, but it can subconsciously influence your customers in a powerful way. Set yourself apart from your competition by letting everybody know that you are proud to fly the stars and stripes in and out of your establishment.

Retail

If you are a retail establishment, interior flags help draw a customer’s attention to special products or displays. You can also set the exterior of your building apart with flags and banners that advertise specials or simply draw the eye to other promotions. Car dealerships often have flags on their specially priced vehicles.

Clubs

Every club has a logo, and that logo belongs on a flag. From the Boy and Girl Scouts to the Rotary or Lions clubs, and the many different veterans’ organizations, if you have meetings and events, you will want to fly your flag with pride. Consider having multiple flags that are specially designed for  meetings, parades, award presentations, and conventions.

Cars

Whether it’s to support a sports team, a candidate, your state or country, or to promote a message, car flags are certain to get noticed. Due to the conditions that they fly under, car flags should be constructed of the proper material and of a size that will be seen but which will not hinder driving for you or another motorists. All car flags from AmericanFlags.com are 12 inches by 15 inches. They are double-sided, digitally printed on a durable material, and attached to 21-inch car window brackets.

Golf

What would golf be without its flags? Most people don’t give golf flags a second thought, but the flag that marks each pin needs to come from someplace. AmericanFlags.com not only produces golf flags, but they can customize those flags in any manner you desire. Do you need to promote your new set of clubs, clothing line, or specials at the 19th hole? Golf flags are seen by hundreds to thousands of niche customers each and every day. Adding to the impact of golf flags, golfers must interact with the flag as part of their game, so they are sure to be noticed.

Churches

The next time you go into your house of worship, look around at the number of flags that are present. Most religious organizations display the American and state flags, but they also fly the Christian flag, Israeli flag, numerous banners with words of encouragement and faith, and so forth. Many organizations with a global outreach display flags from countries all over the world, reminding their congregants to pray for each and every nation.

Sports

When you think pennants and flags, sports should come to mind. After all, what is an auto race without the starting green and final checkered flag? What good is a “pennant race” without a pennant? Sports and flags have a long and distinguished history. Just think of the number of flags, banners, and pennants that get waved at ball games and matches. Next time you are in need of flags for your team, you know where to come for great deals on quality flags.

Schools

When achievements are won, they need to be proudly displayed. If you are in need of a large display flag or pennants, look no further. The long-lasting custom designs will meet your needs.

AmerianFlags.com is able to produce one-of-a-kind flags or small to large production runs based on your particular needs. From small table flags to monstrous outdoor flags that can be seen for miles, no flag or order is too large, small, or difficult. The materials are matched perfectly with the flag’s intended use, from luxurious 100% bridal quality rayon acetate satin to heavy 200 denier nylon. Best of all, each and every flag is proudly produced right here in the United States.

Flags You May Not Notice but Would if They Weren’t There

Flags are everywhere—not just American flags and state flags, but flags of every shape, size, and color in almost every area of our lives. You may not notice them, because they are such a common sight, but if one day they were suddenly not there … you would most assuredly miss them.

Consider these 10 areas where flags exist, but which you may not even think about:

Streets

Next time you take a drive down your local street, take a look at the street lights and various other posts that line the drive. In most areas of the country, there are many colorful flags and banners announcing everything from sales to celebrations. Others proudly declare historic routes or attractions. One thing is certain: If the flags were to suddenly go missing, the streets would be a lot less colorful. If you want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your message seen, street banners from AmericanFlags.com come with banner arm mounting sets and full customization. 

Residences

As you drive through the neighborhood, look at the yards and planter boxes that you pass by. Chances are, there are flags and banners in many of them. From the American flag to POW banners, from political slogans and sports teams, to banners representing colleges and fraternities, people love to celebrate their past and remember the good times. Flags help them do just that.

Golf

Next time you are on the golf course, just think about what the next hole would look like without a flag blowing in the distance. Not only does the flag show the pin position, but it lets you know how to adjust your shot for the wind. Golf flags from AmericanFlags.com are printed on high-quality 200 denier nylon to stand up to the elements. Whether they sport a simple number or an advertisement for the 19th hole, the absence of these flags would most certainly be noticed.

Clubs

Whether you are giving a presentation, overseeing an awards banquet, or simply holding a regular meeting, service clubs and organizations need flags. Not only are American flags an important part of almost every club meeting, but most also have their own flags and banners proudly displayed on the walls, head tables, podiums, and on flag stands. Look around at the next meeting you go to and imagine what the rotunda would look like without any of the flags and banners.

Races

From the starting flag to the checkered flag at the end, and any number of caution flags in between, a race just wouldn’t be a race without flags and pennants. In addition to the flags used by the officials, many cars fly flags as well. From the pace car to the winner doing donuts in the winner’s circle, flags are an important part of the race experience.

Cars

You don’t have to be in a race to display a flag. Car flags are a great way to show your patriotisms or allegiance to a team or organization. Made out of high quality, weather resistant material, customized car flags are attached to window brackets and flown above the car so they don’t distract the driver. Next time there is a national holiday or a big game, look around town and see the number of your fellow citizens that are flying car flags. Now, think about how cool it would be to have your logo or information on one, or several thousand, of them.

Street decoration

On every major holiday your city likely dresses up their streets, drives, and boulevards with custom banners and flags. You might drive right on by without noticing them, but if one day they were not there you would wonder what was missing. Next time you drive through the center of town, take a look at all of the flags, banners, and pennants that you see. You just might be amazed.

Cemeteries

One of the great ways to pay your respects to those who have served our country is to place an American flag at their gravesite. If you have not been doing so, rest assured, you will not be alone when you show up to the cemetery. Millions of American flags fly freely at sites around the country on every major patriotic holiday. Others grave markers are never without one.

Beaches

Each color has a meaning. From dangerous riptides to jellyfish warnings, closed beaches, and the safe “all clear,” flags are an important part of beach life. When a diver heads out from the beach, they take flags to mark their dive spot, and fishermen use flags and buoys to mark their set lines and traps.

Sports

From on-field flags during matches to massive hanging pennants proudly proclaiming the championships won, there is a long and meaningful relationship between sports and flags. After all, it is sports that gives us the term “pennant race.” We often look right past all of the colorful flags and banners, but next time you are at a game or match, just imagine what it would look like if they were all gone.

These are just a few of the many places flags are seen in our everyday life. There are so many more, from the nautical world to politics, hotels, and the military. Did you ever wonder where all of these flags come from? If you are in need of a flag or flags, get yours from the same place many of the organizations listed above get theirs: AmericanFlags.com.

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.

By Land or By Sea: Flags Are More Than Decorations

sail-flagThe open ocean has undeniable appeal, especially in today’s hectic, loud, busy world. The simplicity of a valiant sailing ship running before a brisk wind in silent elegance encapsulates a glorious idea of escape. One does not often find a quiet haven disturbed only by the rush of wind and water and the crying of seabirds. Even better, when it enables you to explore the greater world around you in unexpected and glorious ways. Full sails and salt spray hearken back to the earliest adventurers and traders looking upon the mysterious shores of a New World.

Modern day sailing is an interesting and challenging art that requires both physical effort and careful study—and is becoming more and more popular as a delightful warm-weather hobby. The perennial popularity of the Boston Sailing School on the Charles River in Massachusetts is testimony; children of all ages learn to set sail and love the open water. Each year hundreds of young people grapple with every level of challenge, from beginners to advanced racing techniques, and even nighttime navigation.

The Eastern Seaboard teems with opportunities for unique adventure, far from the dubious delights of fast food and social media. Sailing, it seems, can be for almost everyone, as these sea-going beauties come in all sizes. Even tiny solo sailboats command as much respect as luxurious multi-bedroom yachts when it comes to sheer accomplishment and skill. In one respect, however, they all have a beautifully uniting feature: They all fly colors.

A flag is an identity at sea, a statement of who you are and where you are from. One flies the flag of one’s country in pride and honor, but there is also a vibrant, beautiful language of smaller flags utilizing an internationally recognized code for communication. Using 26 pennons to represent the letters of the alphabet that are described in NATO phonetic terms (A=alpha, B=bravo, C=charlie, etc.) these small, brilliant flags help international ships pass quick, efficient messages.

Making the whole concept a little more complex is the idea that each of those letter flags also has a specific meaning in and of itself, so “A” is also “diver down, keep clear.” A celebration of Tall Ships would hardly be the same without the brilliant buntings training from the mast. It’s also fascinating to see the messages they post for other ships to see—a conversation right in front of us that only very few know how to interpret.

Luckily enough, AmericanFlags.com carries the entire 40 piece package of these International Code flags. The total 26 piece alphabet is supplemented with the complete eleven piece set of numeric flags, an answer flag, and three “spacers” to help with signal clarity. Though the mastery of this art requires diligence and persistence, the effect of sailing into port with the Stars and Stripes billowing and a carefully worded “Happy 4th of July” has an undeniable cachet. Not only does a sailing vessel look more festive with international code flags, they also instill a sense of pride in one’s self for mastering a unique form of communication. A little bit of satisfied smugness could be justified from such a display of unusual artistry.

Carefully constructed of long wearing, double seamed nylon, these International Code flags are available in six different sizes to suit the magnitude of your vessel. American made and tested by AmericanFlags.com themselves, these flags are guaranteed to last and stay beautiful. Appropriate ropes and fittings are included with each set, as is a durable storage duffle to keep your collection safe and organized.

Colors are brilliantly dyed, fade-resistant, and of internationally approved combinations and patterns. Designed to withstand the harsh conditions found at sea, this attractive collection can also be used to add flair and identity to the homes of proud Navy families, and is a beautiful, patriotic addition to the Stars and Stripes.

Decorating Your Home With American Flags

There are many Americans who do not believe in prominently displaying a flag all year round. They may let their flags fly on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day or Flag Day, but these simple displays do not adequately express the patriotism that we all feel inside. So why is it so important for us to fly our flags and display patriotism at all times?

At AmericanFlags.com, patriotism is simply a way of life. We supply American flags and can fill all of your patriotic decoration needs. Whether you need home flag kits, garden flags, or house flags, we can help you showcase your patriotism, ensuring that you do not have to wait until the Fourth of July to let your flags fly freely.

Why would a person choose to only fly their flag on the days that everyone else chooses to? America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, a place where everyone can express their individuality. Letting other people dictate when you will fly your flags and display your patriotism goes against every principle that our nation has been built upon.

A person’s pride in their country does not come and go with the yearly holidays. When someone is proud to be an American, this is a feeling that shines through no matter what time of year it is. That’s why it is so important to display your flags and patriotic decorations on an everyday basis. Otherwise, you are falling into the same traps as everyone else.

Visitors should be able to come to your home and immediately know that they are in the presence of someone who truly loves their country. In a modern society where people take public potshots at America on a consistent basis, national pride has begun to fall by the wayside. Plenty of American citizens no longer find it “cool” to prominently display patriotic decorations at their home.

Having pride in your country and feeling passionate enough to purchase patriotic decorations shows that you are not the type of person to let yourself be swayed by the actions of others, which is what America is all about. This nation was built on the concept of self expression and the idea that every man, woman and child was able to speak their mind without fear of repercussion.

Chances are, you tell your loved ones how much they mean to you regularly and you do not wait until Christmas, Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day to do so. The same principles should guide your love for your country. Waiting for the days that society deems patriotic is simply not acceptable.

By flying a flag every day and keeping your home and garden well decorated, you ensure that you are not allowing yourself to become the sort of person who flies the flag on Fourth of July, then places it back in a drawer, to be forgotten until the next important patriotic holiday rolls around.

Letting people know how much you love your country is pivotal and your love for America should never take a day off. So why would your patriotic decorations? House flags, garden flags and home flag kits are all available at AmericanFlags.com. We cater to every need and whim of our customers.

There is true value to showing off your patriotism as much as possible. National pride is a rapidly dwindling resource. Just think about it: when you drive through your neighborhood, how many flags and patriotic decorations are on prominent display? The likely answer: not very many.

We all remember how America came together and began to show more national pride after the unspeakable tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001. Flags flew everywhere, people wore patriotic clothing and there was a general sense of community among Americans that has not existed again since.

Why should we wait for a horrific tragedy to befall our nation before we decide to feel good about living in America? The greatest country in the world deserves our love and appreciation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, not just when disaster strikes. Waiting for the general public to begin displaying their patriotism before you are willing to join in is not what America is about.

Individuality is what our nation has been built on, so make sure that your home reflects the way that you truly feel about America. There is no reason to be embarrassed about your undying love for your country and there is no reason not to have it on display for all to see.

Perhaps your patriotic decorations and American flags will serve as an inspiration to your visitors and neighbors. Many people do not realize the effect that patriotic decorations can have until they see them in person. When your friends and loved ones catch a glimpse of your new home flag kits, they are likely to ask where you purchased them, so that they can obtain some of their own.

Tell them AmericanFlags.com sent you. With our comprehensive website, you can choose the decorations that make the most sense with your current decor. Whether you require flags for display in your home, garden, or both, AmericanFlags.com has everything you need to keep your home’s patriotism on display, no matter what time of year it is. Don’t wait for the Fourth of July, be sure to fly your flags every day.