Meaningful Ways to Commemorate September 11th

Seventeen years ago today, the world looked on in horror as the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and United Flight 93 fell victim to the largest terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil. Today, while we as a nation still bear the terrible emotional scars of this tragedy, we reflect on the precious lives lost and the best ways in which we can memorialize them and the events that took place on that fateful day in September 2001. Here are a few simple things you can do to commemorate 9/11. Continue reading

As NFL Rejects AMVETS #PleaseStand Super Bowl Ad, AmericanFlags.com Donates Flags to Veterans

The NFL has reportedly rejected the ad below submitted by a national veterans organization for inclusion in the Super Bowl’s printed program. The full-page ad – which runs about $30,000 features a photo of the American flag, along with the words “Please Stand.”

“While we are well aware of the controversy surrounding players kneeling during the National Anthem and the public relations problems this has caused the NFL, our ad is neither a demand nor a judgment upon those who choose to kneel during the National Anthem,” an AMVETS National Commander wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking him to reverse the decision last week.

“It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing. We sought to give a new context to the discussion from the perspective of veterans who had been largely disregarded,” AMVETS continued in their appeal.

The NFL called the ad a “political statement” in rejecting it. While we at AmericanFlags.com respect the rights of those to choose to sit or kneel during the national anthem, we stand – especially when our veterans ask us to.

If you agree, here’s what we’d ask you to do:

1) Purchase a brand new fresh American flag that you can display proudly on Super Bowl Sunday. We will even give you a 10% discount if you use the coupon code STAND at checkout.

2) For every flag we sell from now until the Super Bowl is over using that STAND code, we will donate 1 brand new US flag in your name to AMVETS and other veteran’s groups for distribution to veterans who might not otherwise be able to afford a flag. If you buy one flag, we donate one; if you buy three, we donate three and so on. We’ll post pictures of the flags we donate on Facebook once the promotion is over.

Let’s take a stand in support of American pride and in support of our vets.

Click here to buy a US flag on sale right now
and we’ll send another one in your name to a needy vet!

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

The History of the Christian Flag

The Christian flag is regularly displayed outside of buildings and churches, and in classrooms, but few realize its important history and significance dating back to hundreds of years ago. The flag is typically seen and used in Latin America, North America, and Africa, and it represents Christianity and its community and values. Continue reading

The Thin Blue Line

thin-blue-line-flagYou’ve seen it cropping up the past few months on everything from flags and garden banners to hats and license plates – thin blue line merchandise has flooded the marketplace as people scramble to show our brave law enforcement officers their respect and pride for their service and sacrifices in the wake of the fatal shooting of five Dallas police officers this past July.

But what is the thin blue line? The emblem, which features a black horizontal top stripe, a single blue line running horizontally through the center and a bottom black horizontal stripe is representative of three things: the public (the black stripe on top), the criminal element (the bottom black stripe) and law enforcement (the blue stripe in the middle). The phrase is analogous to the term the Thin Red Line, which was a military action by the British Sutherland Highlanders 93rd (Highland) Regiment at the Battle of Balaklava on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. During this particular battle, a correspondent for the British newspaper, the Times, wrote that he could see nothing between the charging Russians and the British regiment’s base of operations at Balaklava but the “thin red streak tipped with a line of steel” of the 93rd. This was condensed into “the thin red line”, and the phrase became symbolic of British composure during battle.

Simply put, law enforcement is the barrier, or thin blue line, that protects law-abiding civilians from lawless criminals. AmericanFlags.com is honored to support the men and women of law enforcement by offering a wide variety of Thin Blue Line merchandise.