Iberville Parish Council outlaws flag burning; ACLU says move is unconstitutional - The Advocate
"Burning flags in Iberville Parish will cost those involved up to $1,000 and/or some time in jail, under an ordinance the Parish Council unanimously adopted Tuesday prohibiting desecration of the American flag, Louisiana flag and parish flag. Council Chairman Matt Jewell said they want to avoid incidents like the one reported last year at a university in Ohio involving the intentional burning of an American flag, an act that angered many war veterans. Jewell described the council's vote as a preemptive step and not one sparked by any local problems with flag desecration. "We are a very patriotic parish. Not looking for much push-back on this," Jewell said in an interview before Tuesday night's meeting. "I don't expect us to have any problems. We're just doing this as more of a symbolic kind of thing."
Posted on October 18, 2017
Flags, Football and Freedom - ArkansasRazorbacks.com
"By simple definition, a flag is a piece of fabric, cloth or a similar material, used as an emblem of a country or institution as a decoration during public festivities. Embellished by stars, stripes, bars and other adornments, a flag is more than just a collection of artistic elements, it takes on meaning as the most visible symbol of a particular state or nation and those who are represented. Each time the Razorbacks take the field, they carry that same type of symbolic significance for Arkansans. The University of Arkansas is the flagship institution of the state and for many Arkansans, the Razorback is far more than just a mascot, it embodies the spirit of the state. So what happens when these two recognized symbols combine in a way that honors those who are serving and have served to protect our freedoms at home and abroad? It is a moment that means much more than simply the excitement of the home team’s entry onto the field before a college football game. "
Posted on October 17, 2017
The coolest signs and flags spotted at weekend one of ACL Fest 2017 - My Statesman from Austin American-Statesman
"Everyone knows the best way to find your friends at Austin City Limits Music Festival is to bring a flag, sign or otherwise interesting-looking object you can stack on top of a pole and carry around all day. “I’m standing under the giant inflatable pineapple,” I remember texting to a friend one ACL Fest. The next year, it was a volleyball painted like Wilson from “Castaway.” The next year, it was a windsock shaped like a parrot. You get the picture. Here are the best signs, flags and “here’s how to find me” objects we spotted at the first weekend of ACL Fest 2017 (and on social media). "
Posted on October 16, 2017
Stonewall National Monument’s rainbow flag plan was going fine, then things got weird - The Washington Post
"The plan to celebrate the rainbow flag flying over Stonewall National Monument was going smoothly. Then things got weird. Activists had pressed for months to get the flag — a long-standing symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — hoisted atop the flagpole adjacent to the national monument that President Barack Obama designated last year to commemorate the LGBT civil rights movement. The National Park Service agreed to do it, providing a flag that went up Sept. 28, and it worked with activists to put on an event commemorating the act on Wednesday, which was also National Coming Out Day. NPS officials provided the federal permit free of charge, as well as power and a sound system for the rally, and the monument’s chief interpreter initially agreed to speak.."
Posted on October 13, 2017
Scout looking for owners of historic flags - The Sun Chronicle
"Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Gonsalves recently completed his eagle project replacing 50 worn-out American flags and flagpoles that have been placed around the town Common during holidays for decades. Now Gonsalves, who attends Norfolk County Agricultural High School, is seeking to reunite about a dozen of the remaining flags with their original owners. Gonsalves said he has managed to return many of the flags, but is left with several others. He’s offering families identified with the flags to reclaim them by contacting him."
Posted on October 12, 2017
Native American students hoist tribal flags in EMU amphitheater for Indigenous Solidarity Day - Daily Emerald
"For Mitchell Lira, Monday was a day not only to celebrate Native American tribes but to pray for those who suffered in the past. On October 9, the Native American Student Union celebrated Indigenous Solidarity Day, an annual event held on the federal holiday Columbus Day, in the EMU amphitheater. Natives and non-natives gathered to listen to the speakers and watch the Chemawa Indian school drummers perform as the nine flags were changed by students of the Chemawa boarding school. “Indigenous peoples day is us reclaiming the day back,” Lira said. “We are making our voices heard.” The ceremony aimed to teach natives and non-natives to understand the importance of the Native American culture that resides on campus. “This university is built on native land,” Lira said. “The tribes still exists now, it’s not all in the past.”
Posted on October 11, 2017
Syria rebel flags banned, ‘Free Syria’ banner confiscated from World Cup play-off match - RT.com
"Syrian revolutionary flags were banned and a pro-revolution banner was confiscated at the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia play-off match between Syria and Australia on Tuesday. Prior to the game at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, signs were placed at the entrance indicating which flags fans were permitted to display at the ground for the Russia 2018 play-off second leg, which Australia won 2-1 to advance 3-2 on aggregate. As civil war ravages Syria, different flags are used by the Syrian government and rebels: the red, white and black tricolor with two central green stars, used by the government of President Bashar Assad; and the green, white and black tricolor with three central red stars, used by the Free Syrian Army."
Posted on October 10, 2017
Fort Worth firefighter tore down U.S. flags on Denton square, authorities say - Dallas Morning News
"The man who was captured on video damaging two flags last month in downtown Denton has been identified as a Fort Worth firefighter, the Denton County sheriff's office said. An arrest warrant was issued for Michael James Wagemann with a charge of criminal mischief and remains outstanding, the sheriff's office said Friday night. "
Posted on October 9, 2017
4th Annual Veteran Voices of Canada event to take place in Sylvan Lake’s Centennial Park - Red Deer Advocate
"At noon on Saturday 128 Canadian flags will be unfurled one by one as a tribute to the 128,000 Canadian soldiers killed or missing in action. The same sombre ceremony will be taking place in a dozen other communities across Canada from Charlottetown, P.E.I. to Vernon, B.C. It will be the fourth year the ceremony organized by Veteran Voices of Canada will be held in Sylvan Lake."
Posted on October 6, 2017
9 cool things about 200 straight weeks of the Washington State flag on ‘College GameDay’- SBNation.com
"Saturday will bring a College GameDay milestone. When ESPN’s flagship college football show broadcasts from Forth Worth, Texas, before West Virginia-TCU, a pair of crimson-and-gray Washington State flags will wave in the background. It’ll be the 200th consecutive GameDay at which the WSU flag has flown, according to separate counts maintained by the flag-wavers and ESPN’s GameDay staff. You’ve seen the flags before, even if they’ve blended out of your view. The Wazzu logo has been ubiquitous on the show for almost 14 years now, always somewhere in the wide shots of the show’s panelists sitting on their stage."
Posted on October 5, 2017
Beyond Jamaica: A look at the history of flags and national symbols- Deutsche Welle (DW)
"The Jamaican flag has been on the minds of many Germans recently, with coalition talks expected to form a yellow-black-green government. For more on flag history and their symbols, DW spoke with expert Peter Diem."
Posted on October 4, 2017
Veterans waving flags outside stadium want unity- Buffalo News
"Their flags billowed in the breeze as a steady rain fell.But through it all, they remained undeterred. They stood there for hours on the side of Abbott Road, with New Era Field at their back and midmorning traffic in their sights. And they proudly held the symbol of our nation in their hands: the red, white and blue of the United States of America. Bonded by military green, the three veterans took to the streets to protest a protest of a different kind — one that, in their estimation, disrespected the flag and fellow military members. On this particular Friday, they braved the elements for a purpose greater than themselves. They wanted to be seen. They wanted to be heard. All three began the week as strangers. But now, Edward Houck, 38, of Hamburg; and Travis Griffin, 28, and Pat Giumento, 70, both of Orchard Park, are united in their opposition to players kneeling, sitting — and worse, stretching — during the national anthem."
Posted on October 2, 2017
Real Madrid fans hoist Spanish flags above their heads in protest against Catalonia referendum after Barcelona play in front of empty Nou Camp- The Sun
"REAL MADRID'S supporters protested against the Catalonia independence referendum during the La Liga clash against Espanyol by hoisting Spanish flags above their heads. It came just hours after Barcelona were forced to play their game against Las Palmas behind closed doors due to fears of crowd safety."
Posted on October 2, 2017
Pro-democracy legislator guilty of desecrating Hong Kong and China flags- South China Morning Post
"A localist Hong Kong lawmaker was found guilty on Friday of desecrating the small Chinese and Hong Kong flags that he flipped over at the Legislative Council last year, and fined HK$5,000. Cheng Chung-tai, of pro-democracy party Civic Passion, said the case was “ridiculous” and his conviction a reminder that the city’s society is “not an open, democratic and liberal one”."
Posted on September 29, 2017
Flags represent 10,000-plus affected by domestic violence- Wyoming County Free Press
"One thousand and fifty purple flags. Each flag represents 10 people affected by domestic violence in Wyoming, Genesee, Livingston and Orleans counties. The flags represent a statistic of violence, yet the violence doesn’t happen to statistics, it happens to people - adult men and women, as well as children. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Restore Sexual Assault Services have teamed up with local officials to place the 1,000 plus flags on the grounds of the Wyoming County Courthouse this morning."
Posted on September 28, 2017
Seven Men Arrested In Egypt For Flying Rainbow Flags At Rock Concert- Logo NEWNOWNEXT
"Police in Cairo arrested seven men for flying Pride flags at a rock concert Saturday. If convicted, they face up to two years in prison. The incident occurred at a sold-out concert by Mashrou’ Leila that drew some 35,000 people to Cairo Festival City. Mashrou’ Laila’s lead singer, Hamed Sinno, is openly gay. Officers scanned security footage to identify the flag-wavers, whom Egyptian media has called guilty of “the promotion of corruption and immorality.” On Sunday, the Musicians Syndicate announced the group was officially banned from performing in Egypt."
Posted on September 27, 2017
Around the world, flags and anthems can divide nations- ABC News
"President Donald Trump's clash with scores of professional football players who knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner" last weekend has set off a heated debate over proper etiquette during the national anthem. But the U.S. is far from alone. Throughout the world, flags, anthems and other national symbols can often divide as much as they unify, especially in countries with large religious or ethnic divisions. Here is a look at some of the controversies:"
Posted on September 27, 2017
Students raise awareness for suicide prevention month with flags- KBTX-TV 3
"A student organization called Active Minds from Texas A&M University put out 1,100 flags in honor of the 1,100 students who commit suicide nationwide. According to Alicia Steinley, a member of Active Minds, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. "Each year 1,100 students nationwide take their lives on college campuses, so we are out here spreading awareness," said Steinley."
Posted on September 26, 2017
VERIFY: Are NFL football players required to stand for the National Anthem?- NBC 11 Atlanta
"Across the web, people are sharing a so-called “rule” pertaining to the National Anthem and whether or not NFL players are required to attend."
"To verify this content, we first looked at the NFL's 2017 Official Playing Rules. Nowhere in the 2017 rulebook does the NFL mention the National Anthem. Pages 62 and 63 contain information on the enforcement of fouls."
Posted on September 25, 2017
Activist Plans to Burn Nazi-Confederate Flag to Protest Confederate Flags Sale in Pennsylvania - NBC 10 Philadelphia
"A Pennsylvania activist aiming to protest a town fair's decision to allow the sale of Confederate flags says he plans to burn a combination Nazi-Confederate flag. The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reports that activist Gene Stilp is seeking a permit to burn the two-sided Nazi-Confederate flag in front of the Columbia County Courthouse on Friday to coincide with the start of the Bloomsburg Fair.
Posted on September 21, 2017
Londonderry High School clarifies pep rally American flag policy - WMUR9
"Londonderry High School is facing backlash over a policy that bans students from presenting the American flag at an upcoming pep rally. Last week, about two dozen student athletes received letters detailing proper protocols for participating students, including no undressing, no derogatory statements about opponents, no questionable writings on their clothing and no use of the American flag, with the fourth protocol leaving many in the community up in arms about the policy." [Read More…]
Posted on September 20, 2017
NYC’s Federal Hall Exhibition Displays 50 US Flags In A Powerful Reminder to Rise Above Our Differences - UntappedCities.com
"From 2011 to 2016, Ziegler traveled all over the country to collect each flag by taking the distressed ones and replacing them with newer versions. Each flag collected also has its respective state name embroidered on it. The exhibition perfectly encapsulates the spectrum of our allegiance to the American flag and the various meanings people ascribe to it.
Some people love and respect this flag and its positive attributes symbolizing opportunity and possibility, while for others throughout the world, it is a nationalist symbol for imperialism. What Ziegler hopes to convey is a sense of community wherein he “presents a hopeful and direct image of these United States of America, one that is grounded in conversation with people unlike ourselves.”" [Read More…]
Posted on September 19, 2017
Flags for Forgotten Soldiers honor veterans who have committed suicide - 6News WRGB Albany
"A patriotic display in downtown Schenectady has many stopping to take a second look. A local mother tells us it's her way to raise awareness about what took her son too soon." [Read More…]
Posted on September 18, 2017
Pocatello to raise new flag on Tuesday - Idaho State Journal
"It’s been two years since Pocatello’s city flag was called the worst in North America. But after a wide-ranging redesign process that included input from the public and widespread media exposure, the new city flag will finally fly over the community this week." [Read More…]
Posted on September 18, 2017
Deputy honors American flags knocked down from Irma - CBCNews
"According to the department's post, "On Sept. 11, Lt. Greg Ernst and Capt. Ashley Brown were patroling [sic] Highway 80 when they noticed a familiar flag in the marshy water."
An American flag attached to a piece of driftwood in that location had been a comforting sight for Tybee Island residents and visitors for decades -- but it had been knocked over by Irma's fury." [Read More…]
Posted on September 15, 2017
Montreal adds Iroquois symbol to flag, strips British general of street name - CBCNews
"Montreal has taken steps to recognize the contribution of Indigenous people to the city, adding an Iroquois symbol to its city flag and committing to rename Amherst Street." [Read More…]
Posted on September 14, 2017
Readers recommend playlist: your songs about flags - theguardian
"Flags date from antiquity, with one of the oldest extant standards (of sorts) being an Iranian banner made of bronze, dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Their most common use has been to represent geopolitical entities, though they also bring together interest groups and those of a political – or anti-political – persuasion." [Read More…]
Posted on September 14, 2017
AFB's Dreamland Ballroom Celebrates 99th Anniversary
In 1918, the Taborian Hall, the building that houses the Dreamland Ballroom and now home to FlagandBannner.com, was completed. The Knights and Daughters of Tabor (a black fraternal organization) who is responsible for construction of the building spent the week of July 14 - 20 celebrating the completion of their new Little Rock headquarters and home on West 9th Street. [Read More...]
Posted on July 18, 2017
Four-Star General Wesley Clark to Appear on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
This week on Up in Your Business, Kerry McCoy interviews four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, who served as Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and ran for U.S. president in 2003. In 2004, he started work in the private sector chairing several public and private companies and has become a progressive leader in pursing alternative energy solutions. [Read More…]
Posted on July 12, 2017
Arkansas' FlagandBanner.com TV Commercials in 2017
This year throughout flag season from end of February through July FlagandBanner.com ran commercials in several markets. Normally we only run a few commercials but this year, more than we normally do. Here are those commercials for this season. [Read More…]
Posted on June 16, 2017
FlagandBanner.com, Mosaic Templars and Dreamland Host Junteenth Event on 9th Street
The public is invited to join Arkansas' FlagandBanner.com, Dreamland Ballroom and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for their annual Juneteenth celebration on June 17. The event is free and open to the public. [Read More…]
Posted on June 14, 2017
Up in Your Business Offers Inspiration to Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Central Arkansas has a new radio personality in local entrepreneur Kerry McCoy owner of Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com. Her weekly show offers personal stories from real business owners and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to inspire. This week Wade Rathke founder of ACORN and KABF is her guest. [Read More...]
Posted on May 22, 2017
Historic Dreamland Ballroom to Host Art Exhibition
On May 4, 2017 the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom host an art exhibit at the Dreamland Ballroom. The paintings, by Arkansas artist Edwin Cook Brewer, were donated to the Dreamland Ballroom by his daughter Audrey Brewer Wood and her husband Don Wood. The exhibit is free and open to the public. [Read More...]
AETN and FlagandBanner.com Announce Premiere of the Documentary Film "Dream Land"
March 31, “Dream Land,” a documentary by AETN, will premiere at Ron Robinson auditorium at 7 p.m. The film is based on the historic past of the Dreamland Ballroom located in Downtown Little Rock on the third floor of the FlagandBanner.com building. [Read More...]
Posted on March 15, 2017
FlagandBanner.com Unveils Redesigned Website
Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) – Arkansas based FlagandBanner.com announced the launch of a redesigned version of its website, www.flagandbanner.com. Key features of the site include a cleaner more modern design, a more engaging mobile user experience with enhanced e-commerce capabilities plus better account management and order history for registered customers. All of FlagandBanner.com’s products are [Read More…]
Posted on February 27, 2017
Facts that you might not know about the American Flag
There is a designated name of the flag The flag is correctly referred to as the ‘flag of the United States of America’. Any other name including ‘the American flag’ or “Old Glory” is a nickname. Speaking of “Old Glory” The name “Old Glory” was given to our flag August 10, 1831, by Captain William [Read More…]
Posted on February 21, 2017
Real Talk with Kerry McCoy, Founder of Flag and Banner
Video teaser from Kerry’s interview with Earn, Spend, Live. For more of this interview and a full transcript visit Earn, Spend, Live.
Kerry McCoy discusses her more than 40 year career, her various business enterprises and her passions. [Read More...]
Posted on January 4, 2017
Kerry visits with KATV's Good Morning Arkansas
Every holiday season, Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas' FlagandBanner.com visits with the Good Morning Arkansas crew to show of our latest holiday gift items in the showroom. These visits always showcase that we are "More than Just a Flag Store!" to viewers in Arkansas. Items demonstrated include unique nutcrackers, hunter, fireman, Razorback, gifts for nurses, doctors and military, toys made in America and of course Razorback gear and flags and poles for all patriotic people on your gift list! [Read More...]
Posted on December 8, 2016