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A collection of FlagandBanner.com, Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy, Dreamland Ballroom and flag related new stories that all happened in 2024.

Flags in the News
Major veterans organization weighs in on upside-down American flags
-Megan Lebowitz (NBC News)

Flying the flag upside down has been debated since it was reported that an upside-down flag flew outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home. (Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - The veteran organization the American Legion weighed in on the upside-down American flag controversy on Thursday, noting that flags should only be flown this way if there is "extreme danger to life or property."

The potential implications of flying an American flag upside down have been the subject of debate since reports emerged that an upside-down flag flew outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home in early 2021. The justice said the flag was raised by his wife, Martha-Ann. (Read More)

Posted June 18, 2024

Flags in the News
Maine opens contest to design a new state flag based on an old classic
-Associated Press (MSN.com)

Mississippi National Day of Prayer attendees raise a “Appeal to Heaven” flag in lieu of the Mississippi State flag at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainers are going to decide in November whether to adopt a new flag, but the state needs to settle on a design first.

Anyone can submit a design proposal as long as it's based on the state's original flag, which featured a simple pine tree and blue star against an off-white background. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced the flag contest Friday. The deadline is July 19. (Read More)

Posted June 18, 2024

Flagandbanner.com in the News
‘Fly it all day’: Arkansan reflects on meaning of Flag Day
-Carter Thweatt (THV11)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Most people know a lot about Independence Day, but what about the other patriotic holiday in the summer?

Flag Day.

According to Flag and Banner Marketing Assistant Gray McCoy, the holiday commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777, and is one of the year's biggest days. (Read More)

Posted June 18, 2024

Flags in the News
Flying ‘Old Glory’: With Flag Day approaching, here’s a primer on proper Stars and Stripes etiquette
-Gabe Whisnant (Newsweek)

The original restored Star Spangled Banner is located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Archives)

The American flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore in September 1814 had 15 stars and 15 stripes, each representing a state in the still-fledgling United States. During a battle with the British as part of the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and poet from Frederick, Md., watched as the American forces secured victory. He was inspired by the battle and the flag to write the poem "The Star-Spangled Banner," which eventually would become the national anthem. (Read More)

Posted June 10, 2024

Flags in the News
Conservative Magazine's New Samuel Alito Flags Spark Backlash
-Gabe Whisnant (Newsweek)

Conservative editorial magazine National Review is facing backlash online for selling flags honoring embattled Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

According to the magazine, one flag is loosely based on the "Appeal to Heaven" flag commissioned by George Washington during the American Revolution. The other is based on the Bennington battle flag, a banner associated with a revolutionary battle that took place in Vermont in 1777. (Read More)

Posted June 10, 2024

Flags in the News
Colorado GOP rebuked by Republicans, Democrats after calling for burning Pride flags
-Kiara Alfonseca (ABC News)

Colorado GOP calls for burning of Pride flags (ABC News / Mola Lenghi)

The Colorado GOP is being criticized for an inflammatory email with the subject line "God Hates Pride" and a video titled “God Hates Flags” that demonizes Pride Month and portrays the LGBTQ community with longstanding false tropes.

The email, sent by the group on Monday, suggests that the LGBTQ community is "godless" and aims to "harm our children," mimicking claims about the community that advocates have called dangerous. (Read More)

Posted June 7, 2024

Dreamland Ballroom in the News
Paper Trails: Edwin Brewer paintings to be the centerpiece for restoration work at Taborian Hall
-Sean Clancy (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

The artist Edwin Brewer was best known for his landscapes and still lifes painted in watercolor or oils. Art was a family pursuit: He and and his twin brother, Adrian, who were born Jan. 9, 1927, in Little Rock, and were the sons of Adrian Sr., and grandsons of Nicholas Richard Brewer, were both renowned artists.

Along with being a working artist, Edwin taught art at Little Rock University, now known as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and other schools.

He was the first curator of the Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile and a founding member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. He and his wife moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., in the late 1970s to be near their daughters, and Edwin was an active member of the art community there. He died of heart failure on Dec. 14, 2002. (Read More)

Posted June 3, 2024

Flags in the News
The upside-down American flag goes mainstream as a form of right-wing protest
-Emma Bowman (NPR)

An American flag is seen upside down at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Friday. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

After former President Donald Trump’s historic felony conviction, many of his supporters protested the verdict by posting images of an American flag flipped upside down on social media.

A Manhattan jury on Thursday found Trump guilty of falsifying business records in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. Soon after the verdict was read, right-wing politicians and pundits including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Fox News contributor Guy Benson, and far-right conspiracy theorist Ali Alexander shared images of an inverted American flag on social media. (Read More)

Posted June 3, 2024

Flags in the News
San Francisco Removes ‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag from Civic Center amid Attacks on Alito
-David Zimmermann (National Review)

Flags outside San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, Calif.(bluejayphoto/iStock/Getty Images)

San Francisco officials removed a colonial-era “Appeal to Heaven” flag from the city’s Civic Center Plaza over the weekend, as Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito finds himself in hot water due to the flag’s association with the January 6 riot. (Read More)

Posted May 31, 2024

Flags in the News
Lifeguard who took down Pride flags at beach sues L.A. County over religious discrimination
-Rebecca Ellis (LA Times)

Security guards Gregory Winfrey, left, and Benedicto Barnachea raise the Progress Pride Flag over the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in June 2023.
(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

A longtime Los Angeles County lifeguard stationed in Pacific Palisades near a stretch beloved by gay beachgoers is suing the county for requiring him to work feet away from a Pride flag last summer and punishing him for taking three of the flags down.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court May 24 a week before this year’s Pride month kicks off, brings the county’s sparkling coastline squarely into the nation’s culture wars. (Read More)

Posted May 30, 2024

Flags in the News
National Park Service disputes it tried to limit display of flags in Denali
-Anchorage Daily News

The entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. (Jan Rychetsky / CTK via Associated Press)

The National Park Service said Sunday it never ordered the removal of the American flag from vehicles involved with a construction project inside Denali National Park and Preserve despite reports circulated by right-wing media and amplified by Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.

The Alaska Watchman, a conservative site, reported last week that workers involved in building a bridge inside the park were “recently told that they could no longer fly the American flag from their trucks or heavy equipment.” (Read More)

Posted May 28, 2024

Dreamland Ballroom in the News
Chitlin’ Circuit Venues: Beyoncé Reference Sparks History Lesson
-Sheeka Sanahori (AARP > Travel)

Madam Walker Legacy Center in Indianapolis was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. (Gabrielle Minion)

On Beyoncé’s latest album, Cowboy Carter, the singer-songwriter opens her song “Ya Ya” by welcoming listeners to the rodeo chitlin’ circuit. She also referenced the circuit in her pre-launch album marketing.

It made many listeners want to learn more about the chitlin’ circuit. (Read More)

Posted May 24, 2024

Flags in the News
At Justice Alito’s House, a ‘Stop the Steal’ Symbol on Display
-Jodi Kantor (yahoo!news > The New York Times)

An inverted flag flying at the residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 17, 2021, three days before the Biden inauguration. (The New York Times)

After the 2020 presidential election, as some Trump supporters falsely claimed that President Joe Biden had stolen the office, many of them displayed a startling symbol outside their homes, on their cars and in online posts: an upside-down American flag.

One of the homes flying an inverted flag during that time was the residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, in Alexandria, Virginia, according to photographs and interviews with neighbors. (Read More)

Posted May 17, 2024

Flags in the News
Eurovision banned the EU flag from the song contest. The EU is demanding to know why
-Raf Casert (abcNews)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Eurovision song contest continued to spawn unprecedented controversy, days after the winner was crowned, with the 27-nation European Union lambasting organizers for their “incoherence” in banning its flag from the concert hall during the final.

In an unusually sharp letter, EU Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas wrote to the organizer, the Swiss-based European Broadcast Union, that its ban contributes to "discrediting a symbol that brings together all Europeans.” (Read More)

Posted May 14, 2024

Flags in the News
Cape Coral business owners forced to remove feather flags violating city code
-Blaine Montgomery (NBC2)

Feather flags banned for Cape Coral businesses (NBC2, WBBH-TV)

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — You might've noticed feather flags hanging outside of businesses in Southwest Florida before.

Many business owners use them to advertise and bring in potential customers. However, business owners in Cape Coral are not allowed to have feather flags because it goes against city code.

Hannah Johnson owns Simply Golden Boutique in downtown Cape Coral along SE 47th Terrace. She said as a new small business owner, marketing is crucial. Back in December, she decided to invest in a feather flag to promote her shop. It wasn't long before the city forced her to take it down. (Read More)

Posted May 13, 2024

Flags in the News
Minnesota is officially flying its new flag. What happens to the old one?
-Riley Moser (CBS News, WCCO News)

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota officially adopted its new state flag on Saturday, making the old flag history. So what happens to the old flag now that it is obsolete?

The old flag, which the Minnesota Legislature adopted in 1957, will no longer fly on any official government building.

Before the new flag was raised at sunrise, the outgoing state flags were retired by the Minnesota National Guard. (Read More)

Posted May 13, 2024

Flags in the News
Committee votes to do away with ‘thin blue line’ flags in downtown Merriam
-Regan Porter (Fox4 News)

MERRIAM, Kan. — A five year tradition in downtown Merriam could blow away. The city council will have the final say.

The “Flags 4 Freedom Committee” voted to limit displays to the American flag. But that will end another flag of honor.

Hundreds of American flags have flown in downtown Merriam alongside “thin blue line” flags for the last five years. (Read More)

Posted May 9, 2024

Flags in the News
Most people had no idea we had a City of Cleveland Flag. You can help design the new one
-Mike Holden (News5 Cleveland > Local)

Current City of Cleveland flag (WEWS)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A recently founded Northeast Ohio non-profit is on a mission to create and commission a new flag that best represents the city of Cleveland.

The CLE Flag Project is encouraging residents to submit their best designs and participate in a contest that will ultimately help determine what the city's new flag should look like.

The public will vote on the final three best designs. (Read More)

Posted May 8, 2024

Flags in the News
NYPD cops toss Palestinian flag, hoist American flag at City College
-Graham Rayman (The Seattle Times > Nation & World)

Police arrest protesters during pro-Palestinian demonstrations at The City College Of New York (Spencer Platt/TNS)

NEW YORK — Cops including two high-ranking NYPD officials pulled down and tossed away a Palestinian flag and proudly hoisted an American flag after evicting protesters encamped at City College in Harlem, video posted by the department shows.

Kaz Daughtry, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, posted the video early Wednesday. (Read More)

Posted May 2, 2024

Flags in the News
FACT CHECK: Did Harvard University Replace The US Flag With Palestinian Flag?
-Joseph Casieri (Check Your Fact)

A post shared on social media purports that Harvard University replaced the American flag with the Palestinian flag.

Verdict: Misleading

The flag was raised by protesters at the campus and was not sanctioned by the school administration.

Fact Check:

Hundreds of student protesters have been arrested on campuses across the country, some schools have said they will allow protests and not encampments, NBC News reported. George Washington University announced that students that remain at an encampment would be temporarily suspended while the University of Southern California claims a group is there illegally.(Read More)

Posted May 1, 2024

Flags in the News
'How disrespectful': House Democrats slammed as they wave Ukrainian flags following $61B military aid approval
-Ishita Verma (MSN.com)

House Democrats wave Ukrainian flags (Meaww)

WASHINGTON, DC: Democrat lawmakers proudly waved the Ukrainian flag in the US House of Representatives following the approval of $61 billion in military aid for Ukraine on Saturday, April 20, after months of stalling.

No sooner, GOP Congresswoman Kat Cammack jumped on X (formerly Twitter) to share that her team is curating a new law that would obstruct any foreign flags from being hoisted inside the House. (Read More)

Posted April 22, 2024

Flagandbanner.com in the News
Small Business Impact Awards Finalist for the Love Little Rock Category-Arkansas Flag and Banner

Kerry McCoy from Arkansas Flag and Banner talks about restoring Taborian Hall and how she got her start as an entrepreneur.

Posted April 19, 2024

Flags in the News
Anti-Israel protesters wave Hezbollah banner, set American flags on fire during NYC unrest
-Snejana Farberov (New York Post)

Protesters set US flags on fire during Monday’s day of unrest (Katie Smith/Storyful)

Anti-Israel protesters in Manhattan waved the yellow-and-green banner of Hezbollah and proclaimed their “love” for the Iran-backed terrorist organization – as others set US flags on fire and chanted “death to America” during Monday’s day of unrest.

Videos taken during the downtown protest show at least one masked activist proudly displaying Hezbollah’s flag emblazoned with the image of an assault rifle and the words: “The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon.” (Read More)

Posted April 17, 2024

Flags in the News
A local Vietnam vet gets 1,700 flags closer to his goal of flying the POW/MIA flag wherever the American flag is thanks to Lowe’s
-Lynette Hazelton (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Dan Millard, a Lowe's employee, hangs a POW flag at the Lowe's store in Trevose, Pa. during a POW flag dedication on Friday, Apr 5, 2024. (Jose F. Moreno/Inquirer)

When it seemed like the country was forgetting those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, Alan J. Micklin, 83, took up a one-man mission: to make sure that the National League of Families POW/MIA flag would fly wherever and whenever the U.S. flag flew.

The Bensalem man had the law on his side. In 1990, Congress designated the POW/MIA flag as our country’s symbol of concern for POWs and MIAs in Southeast Asia. Since 2019, the National POW/MIA Flag Act required the flag to be displayed beneath the American flag at prominent federal properties.

And now he has Lowe’s on his side. (Read More)

Posted April 10, 2024

Flags in the News
FDNY restores flag honoring 9/11 responders after removal sparks outrage, report says
-Jackson Walker (abc4 News)

A thin red line flag (Wikimedia Commons) and a New York City Fire Department badge photo (SBG file)

NEW YORK CITY (TND) — The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) restored a local department’s “red line” American flag after its forced removal sparked backlash, the New York Post reported.

The flag, a black and white American flag with a single red stripe, was reportedly intended to honor six members of FDNY Ladder Company 11 who died on 9/11. It was displayed on one of the company’s trucks.

A man, who claimed to work for Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, D-District 2, first confronted firefighters over the flag on March 22 and claimed it was a “fascist symbol," according to the New York Post. A staffer from Councilmember Rivera’s office reportedly later contacted FDNY via email to report a "constituent" who had repeatedly complained about the flag.

“[FDNY staff] claimed [the flag] was to honor deceased firefighters, however, [the constituent] brought up that they could’ve used an FDNY flag rather than a politically charged symbol,” the staffer reportedly wrote. (Read More)

Posted April 2, 2024

Flags in the News
Alternative US flag created in response to England kit changes
-David McKenna (BBC News)

The flag maker released an alternative version of the Stars and Stripes, using the same colour palette as Nike had for the St George's Cross (BBC News)

A UK flag maker has created its own version of the US flag in response to Nike's colourful interpretation of the St George's Cross on England's new kit.

A row over the 2024 home kit erupted on Thursday, with politicians and sports figures weighing in on the topic.

Nike said its design was to celebrate the 1966 World Cup team, adding it was "never our intention to offend".

Lincolnshire-based Newton Newton Flags Ltd suggested Nike leave "the flags to us" and stick to ticks on plimsolls.

Manufacturer Nike has changed the cross of St George, with its horizontal bar now a combination of blues and purples rather than the red of the original flag. (Read More)

Posted March 29, 2024

Flags in the News
Bipartisan spending bill includes effective ban on Pride flags over U.S. embassies
-Matt Lavietes (NBC News)

A symbol of unity and inclusiveness adorns the front of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on June 28, 2023. (Presscov/Michael Kuenne)

The bipartisan measure to avert a government shutdown includes a provision that would effectively ban LGBTQ Pride flags from flying over U.S. embassies.

Although the $1.2 trillion, 1,012-page-package does not explicitly mention barring Pride flags from flying at U.S. embassies, its text embraces a Republican-led effort to prohibit the display of the LGBTQ Pride flag at government buildings.

“None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be obligated or expended to fly or display a flag over a facility of the United States Department of State” other than the U.S. flag, the POW/MIA flag, the Hostage and Wrongful Detainee flag, flag of a state, flag of an Indian Tribal government, official branded flag of a U.S. agency or the sovereign flag of other countries, the text reads.

The provision does not address the display of these flags in other locations, such as on embassy grounds or in offices, a source familiar told NBC News. (Read More)

Posted March 25, 2024

Flags in the News
Why 27,400 blue flags are waving at the National Mall in DC
-Luke Lukert (WTOP News)

Blue flags outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Luke Lukert)

If you head down to the National Mall in D.C. over the next two weeks you’ll see 27,400 blue flags placed in front of the U.S. Capitol.

They represent the number of Americans under 50 who will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.

“I should be at home with a husband that should still be on this earth,” Simone Ledward Boseman told the crowd Tuesday morning at the United in Blue rally.

Her husband, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, died from colorectal cancer at the age of 43.

“It makes me angry that a disease so treatable took him from me, when all we needed to start out with was knowledge,” she said. (Read More)

Posted March 13, 2024

Flags in the News
Avenue of Flags to Feature New Utah and Minnesota State Flags in 2024
-Deja Andersen (KCSR/KBPY)

Avenue of Flags with Mount Rushmore in the background

The park will make two changes to the iconic Avenue of Flags in 2024. Utah and Minnesota legislatures have both passed legislation changing their respective state flag designs. The new Utah flag was installed on March 9, while Minnesota’s will be installed May 11. Utah’s new flag will centrally feature a beehive. Minnesota’s will have colors representing the shape of the state and the numerous lakes which comprise that state. (Read More)

Posted March 12, 2024

Flags in the News
Sweden’s flag is raised at NATO headquarters to cement its place as the 32nd member of the alliance
-Lorne Cook (AP News)

Sweden’s flag was placed outside NATO headquarters in Belgium on Monday as the military alliance’s flag was raised in Stockholm to mark the country’s accession to the bloc.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Sweden’s flag was raised at NATO headquarters on Monday, cementing the Nordic country’s place as the 32nd member two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine persuaded its reluctant public to seek safety under the alliance’s security umbrella.

Under a steady rain, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Crown Princess Victoria and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg looked on as two soldiers raised the blue banner emblazoned with a yellow cross among the official circle of national flags at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

“The Russian, brutal, full-scale invasion against Ukraine united Sweden behind the conclusion that a full-fledged NATO membership is the only reasonable choice,” Kristersson said. Swedish government ministers and party leaders from across the political spectrum attended in a show of national unity. (Read More)

Posted March 12, 2024

Flags in the News
New Utah state flag officially unfurled over Capitol
-Jeff Tavss (Fox 13)

(FOX 13 News)

SALT LAKE CITY — While it has flown over the state for months, Utah's new emblem of pride became the official state flag during a ceremony Saturday.

Gov. Spencer Cox and other dignitaries were on hand as the new flag was unfurled on the steps of the Utah State Capitol.

"I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish over the past few years, and I'm proud of the people who helped make it happen," said the governor during the ceremony. "I love this state, I love her people and I want to congratulate her people on their new flag. (Read More)

Posted March 11, 2024

Flags in the News
Minnesota bill would bar schools, local governments from removing pride flags
-Dana Ferguson (MPR News)

Demonstrators display LGBTQ+ and trans pride flags at the State Capitol on Feb. 12. (Ben Hovland, MPR News)

Minnesota schools, colleges and local governments would be barred from removing rainbow pride flags, banners or posters under a bill moving through the state Legislature.

The proposal advanced through the House Local Government Finance and Policy Committee on Tuesday and is set to move to a full floor vote after LGBTQ+ advocates said it would provide support for the community. GOP lawmakers said it was an overstep.

“The bill does not require anyone to display rainbows, nor does it supersede policies that prohibit the display of all banners, flags or posters,” said bill author Rep. Leigh Finke, DFL-St. Paul. “It just prohibits rainbows from being singled out and banned in schools, libraries and other government spaces.” (Read More)

Posted March 7, 2024

Flags in the News
A look at the guidelines to fly American flag
-Karen Fuller (THV11)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Nothing shows off American pride like a U.S. flag, hoisted high in the sky. There is a rich history behind our country's flag, as well as the State of Arkansas’s flag.

Along with the history comes instructions on how to properly display the flags. So is there a wrong time or way to do it, like during a thunderstorm for example?

We consulted the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, longtime veterans group the American Legion, and Flag and Banner, a flag maker in Little Rock to find out. (Read More)

Posted February 29, 2024

Flags in the News
Tennessee House passes stringent restrictions on pride flags in schools
-Brooke Migdon (The Hill > LGBTQ)

Trans rights activists march past the state capitol during a news conference by the Human Rights Campaign drawing attention to anti-drag bills in the Tennessee legislature, on Feb. 14, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (John Amis)

Tennessee’s Republican-controlled House voted Monday to approve legislation that would largely prevent pride flags from being displayed in public school classrooms, sending the measure to the state Senate, where it is also expected to pass.

The measure, House Bill 1605, would prohibit local education agencies from displaying flags other than the United States flag and the Tennessee state flag in public schools. It would allow schools to display the POW/MIA flag, a flag that represents a city or metropolitan government or an official school flag, among other exceptions.

While the bill does not mention LGBTQ pride flags outright, GOP state lawmakers have said it is meant to restrict them. (Read More)

Posted February 29, 2024

Flags in the News
A Bay Area museum proudly displayed an American flag rescued from the fall of Saigon. But the soldier’s story wasn’t true
-Judith Prieve (Times Herald > California News)

ANTIOCH — A U.S. flag neatly folded and encased in the military room of this city’s museum ended up there because, as the story went, it was draped around an Army soldier as he climbed on a helicopter from atop the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

He was among the last American troops to leave Vietnam, he said, and brought the flag that kept him company during combat home with him.


But the flag will now be removed from the wing of the museum where other decorated Antioch soldiers’ keepsakes are on display after records show it was probably never in Vietnam — and neither was the man who claimed to carry it. (Read More)

Posted February 29, 2024

Dreamland Ballroom in the News
A dancing competition set in a dreamland ballroom
-Nichole Niemann (KARK > Arkansas Style)

Dancing into Dreamland 2024 is a dance competition and Dreamland Ballroom’s biggest fundraiser of the year hosted by the Friends of Dreamland(FOD), a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the historic ballroom to its former glory. (Read More)

Posted February 19, 2024

Flags in the News
Masked demonstrators wave Nazi flags in front of Tennessee capitol
-Chris Williams (FOX9 KMSP)

NASHVILLE - A group of masked demonstrators wearing red T-shirts flew flags marked with swastikas outside the Tennessee Capitol building in Nashville on Saturday.

State Rep. Justin Pearson posted the video showing the disturbing incident of the group wearing red shirts and black balaclavas standing on a raised hill. Some of them carried flags bearing the Nazi swastika.

"Disgusted that Nazis are comfortable doing this," Pearson wrote on social media. (Read More)

Posted February 19, 2024

Flags in the News
Florida Flag bill stalls in Senate for 2nd time, hours after DeSantis backs it
-News Service Florida (WFTV9)

Proposed Florida bill would ban displaying certain flags at government and school buildings.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday supported a proposal that would restrict what flags can be flown at schools and other public buildings, as critics of the bill — and Senate analysts — questioned prohibiting flags that represent a “political viewpoint.”

The bill (SB 1120), however, stalled, in a Senate committee hours after the governor backed it.

Under the bill, government agencies, public schools, colleges and universities would be prohibited from flying any flag that “represents a political viewpoint” including any “politically partisan, racial, sexual orientation and gender, or political ideology viewpoint.”

Debate has focused heavily on the potential that it could bar LGBTQ pride flags at public buildings.

Answering questions from reporters, DeSantis said he had not seen the bill but signaled that he would back it. (Read More)

Posted February 8, 2024

Flags in the News
Buried in enemy territory | Construction worker says he stashed Chiefs Kingdom flag under Allegiant Stadium
-Kevin Holmes (KSHB4 > Sports)

Gerard DeCosta

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Not all heroes wear capes; some wear hard hats and wave flags.

Then, there's the superhero who buries a flag in enemy territory, planting it deeper than the hatred for their nemesis.

Gerard DeCosta is somewhere in between.

The construction worker and lifelong Chiefs fan told me he helped build Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, all while showing his allegiance to Chiefs Kingdom.

"I got a text from my dispatch telling me they were going to send me out to the job site," DeCosta said. "I went, 'Oh my God, I've got to take advantage of this.'" (Read More)

Posted February 6, 2024

Flags in the News
Lee County GOP planning school board protest over flag they say violates 'Stop Woke Act'
-Luis Zambrano (News-Press, Fort Myers)

A picture allegedly hung up in a Riverdale High School classroom, which Lee County GOP says violates the Stop Woke Act. (Photo provided by Michael Thompson)

A flag hanging in a Fort Myers classroom violates the Stop Woke Act and promotes "woke indoctrination," the Lee GOP claims and is planning a protest at an upcoming Lee County School Board meeting.

"The issue at hand is that the district needs to get out of having any type of political influence on our children," said Michael Thompson, the chairman of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee.

The flag, which Thompson says is hung in a Riverdale High School classroom bulletin board in Fort Myers, spells out "Hate Has No Home Here" and is covered in hearts that contain the American flag, a peace symbol, the words Black Lives Matter, and the LGBTQ+ and Trans flags. (Read More)

Posted January 26, 2024

Flags in the News
Dozens rally at Enfield Town Hall to protest flag policy
-Amanda Pitts (NBC Connecticut)

Dozens of people rallied outside of town hall in Enfield to speak out against a new policy enacted by the town council that bans all flags from flying on town-owned property, aside from the American flag, Connecticut state flag and military flags.

The policy was approved by the newly-elected Republican majority, and overrides a 2022 proclamation by the former administration that designated June as Pride Month in Enfield, making it so the Pride flag flew at town hall for the entire month. (Read More)

Posted January 23, 2024

Flags in the News
Ask the Dispatch: The mysterious flag at Memorial Gardens
-Emma McRae (The Dispatch)

A civil peace flag flies at half-staff at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Columbus. The flag is not recognized by the U.S. Government but is believed by some anti-government groups to be the real national flag as opposed to the Star-Spangled Banner. (Photo by Emma McRae/Dispatch Staff)

If you’ve found yourself driving down South Frontage Road in Columbus, you may have noticed an unusual flag flying half-staff at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery. With a quick glance, the flag is easily mistaken for the national flag, but a closer look shows 13 vertical stripes with blue-on-white stars in the canton rather than the horizontal stripes with white-on-blue stars that make Old Glory distinct. What is this flag and where did it come from? (Read More)

Posted January 22, 2024

Kerry McCoy in the News
-Mark Carter (Arkansas Money and Politics)

Kerry McCoy (Photo taken by Chris Davis)

Kerry McCoy photo taken by Chris Davis.)

Kerry McCoy’s story is destined for the pages of a bestseller, if not the silver screen.

Hers is the story of a girl from North Little Rock who rolled up her sleeves and bet her life savings — all $400 of it — on a dream. The story begins with a recently graduated but out-of-work fashion merchandiser and ends with an e-commerce giant. McCoy described her journey as an American dream, but as matter-of-factly as one might describe a typical workday. (Read More)

Posted January 12, 2024

Flags in the News
Minnesota flags staying put — for now
-Daniel Olson (The Journal)

This Minnesota State Flag, central in the Glockenspiel line of flags, is going to stay there until further notice. City Finance Director Nicole Jorgensen said they have not received any direction from the state on what to do. (The Journal)

NEW ULM — The old state flags aren’t going anywhere soon.

A new Minnesota flag was unveiled on Dec. 19. It was the sole survivor of a competition where thousands of Minnesotans submitted designs. The design submitted by Andrew Prekker of Luverne was chosen — a dark and light blue flag with a white star.

In New Ulm, flags around the city still fly the old colors and art in the center. City Finance Director Nicole Jorgensen said they have not received direction from the state on the new flag since it was announced to the press. (Read More)

Posted January 17, 2024

Flags in the News
Live Free or Die: New Hampshire bill would add famous motto to state flag
-Todd Bookman (New Hampshire Public Radio, Seacoastonline)

Rep. Tim McGough, a Republican from Merrimack, wants to add "Live Free or Die" to the current state flag. (Rep. Tim McGough)

A group of state lawmakers have unfurled a proposal to change New Hampshire’s official state flag: They want to add the phrase “Live Free or Die,” which would be the first update to the flag’s design in more than 90 years.

The bill, HB 1016, seeks to print the famous words of General John Stark from 1809 — now the state motto — beneath the current state seal.

“It's time,” said the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Tim McGough, a Republican from Merrimack. He said the current flag doesn’t inspire residents or visitors to the state and doesn’t stand out from other state flags with similar designs. (Read More)

Posted December 28, 2023

Flags in the News
Florida GOP Lawmaker Proposes ‘Don’t Display Gay’ Bill to Ban Pride Flag From Government Properties
-Donald Padgett (The Advocate, Yahoo News)

David Borrero, Florida State Rep

Government entities in Florida might be barred from flying or displaying a Pride flag on its premises under a "don’t display gay" bill introduced by a conservative Republican for the upcoming 2024 legislative session.

Earlier this week Florida State Rep. David Borrero filed HB 901, which would prevent certain government buildings, including public schools, from displaying any form of the Pride flag. (Read More)

Posted December 26, 2023

Flags in the News
Minnesota's new state flag design is finalized
-Caroline Cummings, Anthony Bettin (CBS News, Minnesota)

State Emblems Redesign Commission

MINNEAPOLIS — The panel tasked with replacing key state symbols finalized the new flag on Tuesday after four months of discussion and several spirited debates.

The State Emblems Redesign Commission overwhelmingly approved the new design after making tweaks to the final concept it chose from over 2,000 submissions from the public. It includes two motifs that prevailed across many designs and throughout their process of eliminating ideas to get to a finalist: a star, which is a nod to the state's motto "The Star of the North" and blue to symbolize Minnesota's vast and distinct waterways. (Read More)

Posted December 21, 2023



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