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.

Remembering September 11, 2001

9-11The world as we knew it was forever shattered on the morning of September 11, 2001, when three commercial airliners hijacked by Al-Qaeda members struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC in coordinated terror attacks. Another hijacked airliner crashed in a Pennsylvania field after the flight’s crew and passengers attacked the terrorists in an attempt to take back the plane. All on board each plane were killed that day, along with thousands of innocent civilians and emergency responders on the ground and in the buildings.

Fifteen years later, our hearts and prayers continue to go out to those who perished and those who were affected on that fateful day. Below is a list of broadcasts commemorating the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. All times are Eastern. We will never forget.

9/11 Memorial Livestream — The livestream will begin at 8:40 a.m. on Sept. 11 at 911memorial.org. Stay connected and join others in sharing how you are commemorating the 15th anniversary by using #Honor911 on social media.

FOX News Channel 9/11 15th Anniversary coverage — Full-day coverage beginning at 6 am.

Washington Journal: Remembering 9/11 — Sept. 11 at 7am on CSPAN.

Sunday TODAY on NBC— Sept. 11 at 8am

White House Moment of Silence for 9/11 — Sept. 11 at 8:30am on CSPAN.

9/11 Ceremony in New York City — Live — Sept. 11 at 8:35am on CSPAN.

9/11 Ceremony at the Pentagon — Live — Sept. 11 at 9:30am on CSPAN.

9/11 Ceremony in Shanksville, PA — Live — Sept. 11 at 10am on CSPAN.

9/11 Ceremony in New York City — Live — Sept. 11 at 10:30am on CSPAN.

2016 National Anthem Sing Along – Friday, September 9, 2016

Patriots, mark your calendars – and warm up those vocal cords! Join the American Public Education Foundation from your home, school, or business for the 2016 National Anthem Sing Along on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. PST and 1 p.m. EST.

This is the largest National Anthem sing-a-long in the country and the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event created by the APEF-9/12 Generation Project, whose focus is to bring students together in the same way the world came together on September 12, 2001. Students from across our great nation will learn about the words and meaning of the flag and sing the first stanza of The Star-Spangled Banner.

The organization is hoping to beat its record of over 277,000 singers so make sure to sign up now with all of your family, friends, classmates, and colleagues to participate in this historic event! Registration is free at http://www.theapef.org/national-anthem-sing-a-long

And just in case you want to brush up on the lyrics before the sing-a-long, here’s the first stanza, so you can practice!

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?