Did you know that FlagandBanner.com was started in 1975 with one woman, Kerry McCoy, selling flags door-to-door in Arkansas? Over the past 40+ years it has grown into one of the largest online retailers of flags, banners, bunting, and pennants.
North, South Korea agree to march under ‘unification flag’ at Olympic opening ceremony - TheStar.com
"The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require approval from the International Olympic Committee. But they are the most prominent steps toward rapprochement achieved by the Koreas since they recently began exploring co-operation during the Olympics following a year of heightened tension over the North’s nuclear weapons program. During their third day of talks at the border in about a week, senior officials reached a package of agreements including fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team and marching together under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said."
Posted on January 18, 2018
Mississippi could become the first US state to have 2 official flags because of a dispute over the Confederacy - Business Insider
"A Mississippi lawmaker is proposing a solution that he hopes will finally bring an end to one of the state's most divisive issues, The Wall Street Journal reported. Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Greg Snowden filed a bill that would allow two flag designs to officially represent the state. If the measure passes, Mississippi would be the only US state with two flags. Mississippi's current flag, which features the symbol for the Confederacy, would be left untouched. A proposed second flag would bring back an old design used on the state's official flag from 1861 until the end of the Civil War in 1865. That design features a magnolia tree in the center of the flag and a white star against a blue background in the top-left corner, replacing the controversial Confederate emblem currently in its place."
Posted on January 15, 2018
Curious Texas: Why can Texas fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag? - Dallas News
"Jerry Hilton from Arlington asks: Is Texas the only state that can fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag? Also what is the height of the Capitol? Texans are special for a lot of reasons, but this isn't one of them. As the oft-repeated story goes, because Texas was once an independent nation, it is the only state that can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. The story isn't exactly right. All states can fly their flags at the same height as the U.S. flag, with some stipulations. The U.S. Flag Code is a set of guidelines that recommend how to display the flag. Although there is no penalty for breaking the code, it stipulates that no other flag may be placed in "superior prominence" to the U.S. flag. For example, if multiple flags share the same pole, the U.S. flag must fly at the peak."
Posted on January 11, 2018
New resting place available for flags that have served their time - Morning Journal
"Whether flown over the graves of veterans until faded, frayed from months of flapping outside halls of justice or worn from being trundled up and down the flagpole in a working family’s front yard each morning and night, American flags that have served their time can be disposed of with dignity, thanks to a local veterans’ group. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1064 of East Liverpool provides special flag boxes in several locations for those whose American flags need replaced, and one of those boxes has now been relocated for better access to the public. According to members Ray Talbott and Bill Ash, the box which had sat in the entryway of the local Elks Lodge for some time was moved onto the sidewalk when the Elks enclosed the entry. "
Posted on January 10, 2018
Flag & Banner ringing in 2018 with new shiny, golden tradition - THV 11
"A large, metallic gold flag flies high above the headquarters of Flag and Banner to ring in the new year. It was the idea of Flag and Banner founder, Kerry McCoy, after seeing similar flags in New York on a recent trip. “I went to Rockefeller Center in New York last month and was in awe of the shimmering, gold flags that were flying on their flag poles,” said McCoy. “It’s hard to describe the effect. The cloth is very lightweight, which means the flags really move in the wind, and the gold color is almost luminescent.” So, she came home and had one made for Flag and Banner. Constructed of an extremely lightweight lamé material with a metallic gold thread, the flag is a show stopper. She has been getting numerous calls a day since the flag went up asking about its significance and how to order one. McCoy’s hope is that a new tradition will begin where each January of every new year gold flags will fly as a symbol of hope."
Posted on January 8, 2018
PATRIOTIC HONOR PROMPTS BIG RESPONSE - Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press
"A spontaneous, final honor for a veteran who had died has sparked widespread praise and prompted Post Falls residents to donate flags and money so the act can be repeated for other veterans who die in the city, outside a medical facility. When Post Falls Police Department personnel were investigating the death by natural causes of Bill McRory, 70, on Thursday, Detective Neil Uhrig used his own money to have officers purchase an American flag to honor the veteran with respect, Chief Scot Haug said. “When the funeral home arrived, our officers and detectives covered the veteran with the flag as he was transferred to the funeral home vehicle," Haug wrote in an online comment. "We had not done this before, but after listening to the impact this had on the officers and the family, we are considering it for all future death investigations involving veterans.” The gesture that Haug highlighted also had an impact on community members who responded over the weekend by dropping off flags and monetary donations to buy them for similar future cases. Mia McRory, a daughter of Bill’s, said her family was extremely thankful for the gesture. Bill served in the Navy from 1965 to 1971 during the Vietnam War. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, watching football, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his children and grandchildren."
Posted on January 4, 2018
EU flags appear in 'peaceful protest' against Brexit in Worcestershire - Worcester News
"EUROPEAN Union flags have appeared across Worcestershire as part of a 'peaceful protest' against Brexit. Activists have targeted landmarks around Malvern and also planted smaller flags on Worcester's Whittington roundabout. Worcestershire County Council has pledged to remove the signs on the roundabout as soon as possible. The EU Flag Mafia has claimed responsibility for draping the flags over Malvern's Elgar statue and the Malvern Link railway station footbridge. A spokesman for the group said: "Our official stance is that the EU is not perfect, but Brexit is not the answer. "Hanging flags is peaceful protest, cheeky British humour with a serious message." It is not yet clear who planted the mini-EU flags on Whittington roundabout. Steven Mather, a spokesman for Worcestershire for Europe, said: "We are not aware that the EU flags were planted by any of our members, so we assume it was a member of the public."
Posted on January 3, 2018
The 50-Star American Flag Began as a High School Project—and It Only Got a B - Reader’s Digest
"After learning about Betsy Ross, you probably didn’t give much thought to how the subsequent U.S flags were designed. It might seem like a no-brainer; flagmakers just added a new star for every new state, right? Well, turns out it’s not that simple. Each new flag has a very careful design, and the arrangement of the stars must be precise and symmetrical. And for the flag we know today, that arrangement was designed by a high schooler—before Alaska and Hawaii were even states. In 2009, the designer, Bob Heft, told his tale to StoryCorps. It was 1958, and America only contained 48 United States. The flag at that time featured six rows of eight stars. Heft’s history teacher assigned a class project where each student had to bring in something they made. Having been “inspired by the Betsy Ross story,” and hearing rumblings that Alaska and Hawaii could both soon gain statehood, Heft decided to make a 50-star flag. So he made some adjustments to his parents’ 48-star flag, brought it in, and triumphantly placed it on his teacher’s desk."
Posted on January 2, 2018