Patriotism, Not Politics, This Christmas- FlagandBanner.com
"At FlagandBanner.com, we sell the American flag every single day. Flags are an emotional product and our customers are passionate about why they are purchasing. They purchase from all over the world and hold every different political and religious view. We listen to their stories every single day. Over the years we have had to develop the skill of listening without judgment. This makes us uniquely qualified in this politically polarizing climate to offer you a couple of strategies to navigate your holiday gathering. You will likely find yourself in one or two positions. Either you are the odd man out, which means you are the only one with your political view in the bunch (because everyone that agrees with you is eating somewhere else) or you are in the position of trying to ease the conflict, in which case we call you the hostess with the mostess. You don’t necessarily have to be hosting the function to play this role, you are just the one that hates conflict enough that you will do anything to keep the peace. Whichever camp you find yourself in, here is a strategy that will work for you.
Posted on December 12, 2017
Respecting Gold Star Families During the Holidays - FlagandBanner.com
" After losing a loved one, there is the overwhelming and uncharted year of ‘firsts.’ The first birthday they are not there to celebrate, the first Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, the first week, month and year anniversary of their death, and, of course, the first holiday season they are not there. All of these moments are ones that bring up tender feelings for the grieving families. How then, do you respect their process and not add to their sadness? Below are some tips that may help you feel more inclined to reach out to these families during this holiday season.
Posted on December 11, 2017
KENYANS REACT TO BILL SEEKING TO ALLOW PEOPLE FLY FLAGS IN HOMES - Nairobi News
"Kenyans online have a lot to say about Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior’s new Bill seeking to allow people to fly the national flag in their homes. The senator published a Bill which proposes to amend the National Flag, Emblems and Names Act to allow members of the public to fly the National Flag in their places or residence, work an business. In a Twitter reply, Mutula termed the flag a symbol of unity while defending his Bill, which has eliciting mixed reactions.”
Posted on December 7, 2017
Century-old flags rediscovered in Mahan Hall at Naval Academy - Capital Gazette
"Talk about a find. This week Naval Academy Museum officials started a project to remove, preserve and place 13 flags from the War of 1812 and two Spanish-American War flags into proper storage, said museum Director Claude Berube. The artifacts had remained untouched for nearly a century in the academy’s Mahan Hall. And those were just the flags they could see. They have the 13 flags from America’s last war with Britain, the two from the Spanish-American War — and 46 more they found hidden behind those artifacts. Those flags were captured during American military actions in Asia and the Spanish-American War. There were also some replicas of Revolutionary War-era flags. They were put on display in five cases inside Mahan in 1913 but covered up by the larger War of 1812 flags in 1920. The cases were sealed with a single pane of glass and remained untouched until Tuesday when the glass was cut away. Officials have long believed the artifacts were still tucked away in the cases, but no one is alive who remembers the exhibits being covered up so they didn’t know for sure, museum Managing Director Charles Swift said.”
Posted on December 6, 2017
Illinois Bicentennial Flags Fly - Peoria Public Radio
"Communities across the state raised a very special flag Monday. The Illinois Bicentennial flag raising happened at municipal and county buildings and complexes over the noon hour. It also served as the kick-off of the state’s yearlong bicentennial celebration at the local level. The City of East Peoria hoisted its bicentennial flag on the center pole at city hall. Jill Petersen is the public affairs communicator for the City of East Peoria. She says it’s an opportunity for the Illinois residents to celebrate the people, places, and things that have helped sustained Illinois statehood over the last 200 years. “We have done some very great things. We’ve produced four-American Presidents. Our typography is really awesome! It’s a really diverse great state and I don’t think sometimes people give it enough credit to say, ‘hey I live in Illinois! It’s a really cool place,’” Peterson said.”
Posted on December 5, 2017
Keys residents burn hurricane flags to mark end of season - AP News
"Florida Keys residents have doused hurricane flags in rum and burned them to mark the end of the tumultuous 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The Thursday evening ceremony came after three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — pummeled parts of the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Irma’s impact varied in the Keys. Most Key Largo and Key West residents and businesses were either little affected or have recovered. In other parts of the island chain, especially the Big Pine Key region, recovery has been much slower. The flag-burning ceremony attracted about 400 people and included a speech by the Keys emergency management director praising the resilience and spirit of the area’s citizens.”
Posted on December 4, 2017
Peace, atheists flags to fly together in Somersworth - fosters.com
"A flag-raising scheduled for Citizen’s Place will include a flag that symbolizes religious tolerance as well as a flag that symbolizes freedom from religion. Citizen’s Place is a small traffic island next to Somersworth City Hall and home to the Ten Commandments monument. There are two flag poles that can be used to fly flags for various groups and events. Mayor Dana Hilliard announced earlier this week that the atheist flag would be raised at 4:30 p.m. Monday with the peace flag scheduled to be raised the following Friday, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. On Wednesday, Hilliard announced he would raise both flags side by side at the same ceremony on Monday. “I was already planning to raise the peace flag on Pearl Harbor Day to honor those who were lost and the lesson learned from the ashes of WWII,” Hilliard said. “It taught us how understanding each other’s differences leads to peace, and how we must stand strong against those who do not believe in tolerance.” Hilliard said the peace flag also symbolizes the holiday season where secular and non-secular celebrations come together, allowing individuals to honor their traditions.”
Posted on November 30, 2017
‘Fun with Flags’ at Francesca Minini, Milan - BlouinArtinfo
" Fun with Flags” an exhibition by Riccardo Prevadi, deals with complexity of the present times, by overlapping images of the various country’s flags and evoking glimpses of warring countries. Riccardo sets out explore the major themes of our times in three bodies of work: the large scale pictures of “Red Carpet”, the tables of “Fun with Flags” and the sealed bags of “Vacuum” (Celebrity dresses). In “Fun with Flags” the subjects printed are the flags of bordering countries, both in Europe and around the world, that have been at war, or that are now at war or might be in future. Superimposing one flag a country on another and altering the geometric and chromatic combinations of these flags, the artist is able to capture the stories of conflict that these nations have been generating over the years. The pieces of ”Vacuum” contain the imitations of celebrity dresses that have appeared on the red carpet and ironically have been delivered by online e-marketing sites, within weeks of being worn by top notch celebrities. This is an attempt to immortalize the surrounding landscape where everything seems to be so fleeting and ephemeral.”
Posted on November 29, 2017
Debate over Bellevue Cemetery decorations: Should foreign flags be displayed? - Omaha World Herald
"National flags proved a sticking point in the latest disagreements over what should be permitted on graves in the Bellevue Cemetery. Allen Holley, a 13-year volunteer on the Bellevue Cemetery Committee, told the City Council on Monday night that he does not want foreign flags to be allowed in the public cemetery. A Union Jack representing the United Kingdom sits on the grave of Nick Jones’ mother. An American flag sits next to his father’s grave. It’s a way to honor the World War II service of both of his parents, Jones told the council. His mother served the British. Veterans and citizens lined up on Monday to discuss proposed cemetery regulations. One of the most notable changes would be to allow any national flag instead of just U.S. flags. Currently the wording of the ordinance governing cemetery decorations specifies U.S. flags as permitted, but other national flags, like the Union Jack, have not been taken down."
Posted on November 28, 2017
WWII veteran gets help from Georgia community to retire worn American flag - Fox News
"A Georgia community came together Saturday to help a 90-year-old World War II veteran give his worn American and Naval flags a proper sendoff. Local Boy Scouts, including Eagle Scouts, in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell performed the proper ceremony to take down and retire the flags belonging to Frank Coleman, who enlisted in the Navy in 1944 during World War II. Coleman later became an aviator, serving in the Vietnam War as a squadron commander. "I'm very honored," Coleman told FOX 5 Atlanta. Maurice Hilliard, a long-time friend of Coleman, had previously given him new flags to replace the old ones hanging on a flag pole, but the veteran wanted to wait for the proper ceremony to take place to retire the well-worn Stars and Stripes. "He said you can’t just take them down and throw it away," Hilliard said. That gave the scouts, who are trained to help others properly retire a flag, a chance to meet the 90-year-old veteran who was also an Eagle Scout in 1942."
Posted on November 27, 2017
Walsh University holds annual International Flag Ceremony - North Neighbor News
"Walsh University celebrated its diverse student population as part of International Education Week by holding its annual International Flag Ceremony. The event is its fourth year and is hosted by the International Club. The heart of the event is when students from around the world who attend Walsh proudly walk their flag on stage, shake hands with President Richard Jusseaume and introduce themselves to the audience. “We have students attending Walsh from all over the world, this year we have the highest enrollment with 106 international students,” Walsh Director of International Student Services Kristi Campbell said. Campbell said the event provides a great opportunity for the campus community as well as the surrounding communities to meet the international students and learn about their cultures. Attendees were also treated to samplings of desserts from around the world, many made by the international students. The Walsh University Chorale performed. There was also a musical piece performed by Carolina Bejarano Eyl and Melisa Valle and Nepali Folk Dance was performed by Roja Baruwal."
Posted on November 24, 2017
Why Teach Kids About Other Countries’ Flags and National Anthems Before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? - Japan Forward
"In the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, elementary and middle schools in the Koto Ward of Tokyo have started teaching students about the national flags and anthems of countries around the world on July 20th. Koto Ward is set to play host to 19 Olympics and Paralympics sporting events, which is more than any other wards and cities. A representative of Koto Ward’s Board of Education emphasized the significance of the classes: “It is very important that we foster an attitude of respect and knowledge regarding the flags and anthems of other nations when welcoming people from around the world.” The classes form part of Tokyo Prefecture’s “Global Friendship Project,” covering history and culture, while also promoting exchange. Countries and regions to be studied by each school are divided between schools in the ward. In the three years leading up to the games, all students from fourth year elementary school to third year middle school will participate in the flag and anthem classes. The classes are organized by the chairman of the Research Institute of National Flags of the World, former flag specialist of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games Committee and Nagano Winter Olympic Games protocol advisor Tadamasa Fukiura, 76, and soprano singer Masako Shindo, 56, who is capable of singing the national anthems of over 70 nations. Mr. Fukiura has contributed the following exposition on the challenges of national flags and anthems."
Posted on November 22, 2017
Some unfamiliar with rules for displaying the U.S. flag - Dothan Eagle
"Q: Why do some major buildings not follow the rules of displaying the American flag, including that flags displayed at night should be properly illuminated? A: Probably because some people are unfamiliar with the rules and do not realize that they are not being followed. Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, contains guidelines for handling and displaying the U.S. flag. The rules address a variety of situations. Some of the basics found in a government infographic titled “How to Display the American Flag” include:"
Posted on November 21, 2017
Flag Carried During Vikings Intros was Flown by U.S. Army Sgt. In Afghanistan - Vikings.com
"Army Sgt. David Waters wanted to say “thank you” to the Vikings, but they flipped the tables and expressed gratitude in a bigger way than he could imagine. Waters, a native of Florida, started following the Vikings at an early age because of his mother’s Minneapolis roots. “It was kind of a long-distance relationship,” Waters said of his connection to the team. Last year, it became even more long-distance. Waters joined the Army as a UAV operator in 2014, and in 2016 he was deployed and served in Afghanistan for nine months. “I love this country and want to give back to it and have an impact, however small it may be,” said Waters. While in Afghanistan, he sent an email to the Vikings. “It’s kind of boring in the desert, and I was looking for a kind of morale boost,” Waters said. “I just reached out. A couple weeks later, I got this nice box with some memorabilia, a lot of cool stuff. A handwritten note. I just thought it was really great. Waters wished to thank the team for so thoughtfully responding to his message. And then it came to him – the perfect, and unique, token of gratitude."
Posted on November 20, 2017
PHOTOS: Some Say Nebraska's Flag Stinks — And They've Got Ideas To Fix It - NPR
"Apparently state lawmakers couldn't. In fact, for a span of 10 days earlier this year, not a single visitor to the Nebraska Capitol noticed that the flag had been hoisted upside down — not even state Sen. Burke Harr, who related the story in January. "It took someone drawing it to my attention before it was changed," he told the Legislature's Executive Board in January, according to the Omaha World-Herald. An awkward situation, to be sure — but the flap over the flag also drew his attention to something else: Is the official flag really such a muddle that the average observer can't tell its top from its bottom? The question alone stirred uncomfortable doubts for Harr, who says it doesn't have to be this way. Or, as he phrased it in the legislative resolution he introduced earlier this year, "the possibility of a better-designed, more iconic Nebraska flag exists."
Posted on November 15, 2017
Speaker: Why flags had trees, snakes, other flags … - Eden Prairie News
" When colonists of the British Empire wanted to irritate the mother country, they would take an imperial flag and put their own touch to it — thus, defacing it. Colonists upset about the Stamp Act taxes and other transgressions of their rulers took a British naval ensign and put a tree to share the space with the symbol of St. George’s cross. That corner field on a flag is called the canton. And that flag with the tree on it is called the Bunker Hill Flag, which dates to 1775. After a breakfast honoring veterans of the U.S. military, members of the Eden Prairie Senior Center heard a presentation about American flags on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from Eden Prairie resident Dick Middleton, a member of American Legion Post 580 in Chanhassen and a former instructor and officer at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Posted on November 13, 2017
Column: Flags at half-staff mean it's mourning in America - Chicago Tribune
"When I was a rookie reporter all too long ago, I was lectured about A.P. style early and often, particularly regarding the issue of whether the U.S. flag is flown at half-mast or half-staff. We often say half-mast. But in almost every case, we are wrong. A flag can only fly at half-mast when it is aboard a ship, because only a ship has a mast. Generally, a flag flies on that tall, skinny thing sticking out of the ground or mounted atop a public building. That is a flag staff. So when the nation is in mourning, the flag is flying at half-staff. The flag at the park, the flag at city hall or the flag at the Capitol building would all be flying at half-staff — not half-mast — when the nation is in mourning. "Got it, kid reporter?" Yeah, I got it. But I remember thinking to myself at that time, "How often does that happen?" And back then, it didn't happen often at all. But things have changed in America.
Posted on November 10, 2017
Wayne Obermiller dedicates Banks district lawn to veterans with ten flags on 40- and 60-foot flagpoles - Michigan Live
"Wayne Obermiller has seen stars and stripes all his life. As a child, his family -- nearly all of whom served in a branch of the U.S. military at some point -- flew a small 3-by-5 foot U.S. flag outside his home. From an early age he hoped to someday fly a star-spangled banner of his own. Decades later, Obermiller, now 69, has realized that dream in a big way. Starting this Veteran's Day weekend, he'll fly not one, but 11 flags, including a 9-foot-by-12-foot U.S. Flag, from two 40- and 60-foot poles. He plans to make a 365-day commitment to commemorating veterans and celebrating the symbolism of the American flag outside his home at 901 N. Bangor St. in Bay City.
Posted on November 9, 2017
Field More than 700 flags placed on TMCC campus to honor student veterans - Orange County Register
"If you see the lawn of Truckee Meadows Community College covered in red, white, and blue -- it's for a good cause. November 6 kicked off Veteran's Week on the Dandini Campus in north Reno. The Truckee Meadows Veterans Club is celebrating the Marine Corps birthday and the more than 700 student veterans that attend the community college. Each flag planted into the ground represents a student veteran. Depending on weather, the display will stay on campus all week. You are encouraged to stop by and visit any time before Veterans Day on November 11."
Posted on November 8, 2017
Field of Valor in Orange honors veterans with display of 1,776 flags - Orange County Register
"World War II fighter planes soared over Handy Park in Orange Sunday morning, high above a display of 1,776 flags that painted the park red, white and blue in honor of veterans. This was the kick-off for the Third Annual Field of Valor, hosted by the Community Foundation of Orange. Along with its patriotic display and a series of educational events, the event serves as a fundraiser for many veterans charities. Community members sponsor flags, adorning them with a tag telling the story of a veteran – be it a friend, family member, fallen comrade, or somebody they just met at the event. The celebration of veterans has returned bigger than ever this year, with a daily flag lowering at 4:45 p.m. and nightly events with special guests. For a full schedule, visit communityfoundationoforange.org. The display will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Veteran’s Day, with a special closing ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11."
Posted on November 7, 2017
Veteran invites public to take a different kind of knee while placing 8,000 flags at veteran graves - WDRB.com
"For weeks NFL players have been taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem. It’s a form of protest for the players, but a sign of disrespect to many veterans and military members. Saturday morning one veteran invited the community out to Cave Hill Cemetery to take a different kind of knee. It started by placing an American flag at every veteran’s grave inside the cemetery. “We had 503 people show up at the cemetery to put out 8,000 flags,” said a Fred Moore, a Navy and Marine Corps veteran who founded Flags for Vets. It's done out of honor for those who have died in past wars and those who have died more recently. “I have a great appreciation for the fact that a lot of people didn't come home,” Moore said. “And in these last few years with Iraq and Afghanistan we've added another 4,000 to the list.’ Moore invited the public to take a knee to pray and give thanks at the graves of the unknown soldiers. It's a different kind of knee seen from the National Football league. “I'm a strong advocate of freedom of speech, but I want people to know that I have freedom of speech as well. And now that you've done this thing and you take a knee, I don't think you have the foggiest idea what veterans have sacrificed for,” Moore said."
Posted on November 6, 2017
The One Color You Will Almost Never Find on National Flags - Reader's Digest
"There are 196 sovereign nations in the world, and, in turn, 196 national flags. But this one color is rarely seen on any of them. Purple is a color of regality. In 16th century England, Queen Elizabeth I banned anyone outside of the immediate royal family from wearing it. Prince adopted it as his primary color of choice. Grapes make wine and wine is drunk by kings, according to this Google Image Search of “kings drinking wine.” The above-mentioned associations seem to be largely positive, so why don’t we see countries using it in their national flags? According to After Skool, it all comes to down to cost. The first purple dyes were made in the 19th century from a very specific species of snail from the Mediterranean. But these snails weren’t just eternally spewing out canisters of the stuff, the process was much more labor-intensive; it would take 10,000 snails to produce just one gram of purple dye. So, purple was a color primarily reserved for the incredibly wealthy and it just wasn’t cost-effective to have to mass-produce a bunch of flags with the pricey hue."
Posted on November 3, 2017
Is next city flag in this group of finalists? - Post Bulletin
"The effort to design a new banner for Rochester is not flagging. In fact, it picked up speed Wednesday, as the first six finalists in the contest to design a city flag were announced at City Hall. Three flags selected by a panel of judges, along with three flags selected by public vote were unveiled. They will be part of a group of 12 finalists, from which a recommendation will be made to the City Council next spring. "There are common themes, even though they're so different," Lee Herold, a flag design consultant with the Rochester Flag Committee, said of the entries. "It draws you to what people see when you say Rochester." There are, for instance, references to health care, the local rivers, winter, and of course, the city's population of Canada geese — even though these days the geese are probably outnumbered by crows. Those similarities are especially interesting given that four of the final six designs in this first round are by people who don't live in Rochester.” [Read More…]
Posted on November 2, 2017
Iraq bans Israeli flags after Kurds wave them at independence rallies - The Times of Israel
" The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to criminalize the flying of Israeli flags after the banners were held aloft at a number of Kurdish independence rallies ahead of a referendum in September. The vote to ban the flags from public spaces came at the request of Ammar al-Hakim, the Shiite leader of the Citizen Bloc, the Iraqi news agency AlSumaria reported. Israel has been among the only countries to openly support an independent Kurdish state, and many Kurds have welcomed the support, drawing accusations from Arab leaders that the referendum was a Zionist plot. Turkey fiercely opposed the referendum and has threatened sanctions against the region, reflecting its worries about its own sizable Kurdish minority." [Read More…]
Posted on November 1, 2017
#BlackMonday controversy sees ‘apartheid flags’ brought to protest - The South African
"A minority of #BlackMonday protesters have been accused of pushing a ‘racist’ agenda, after bringing along the old ‘apartheid flags’ used before 1994. Used from 1928 up to 1994, the flag itself is a nod to South Africa’s colonial history, featuring the Union Jack and Dutch-inspired emblems. Due to its use by the apartheid government, the flag has become symbolic for racist attitudes of that era. Unfortunately, a few have made an appearance today. The EFF’s Julius Malema also tweeted his disapproval of how the protest was being handled. He referred to taxi protests lead by black workers, and stated that the #BlackMonday protesters should face the same barrage of rubber bullets, due to ‘both parties blocking the roads illegally’." [Read More…]
Posted on October 31, 2017
Photo Journal: Flying the Olympic flags - The Mainichi
"The flags of all 206 member countries and regions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are seen hanging on the Palaceside Building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, home to The Mainichi Newspapers Co.'s head office, on Oct. 27, 2017. The decoration was put together to mark 1,000 days until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which falls on Oct. 28, 2017. One of the reasons behind hanging all the brightly colored flags is to wish for a peaceful Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. Arranged in the same order as an Olympic procession -- from Greece all the way through to host nation Japan in alphabetical order -- the cloth flags cover many of the windows on the south side of the building, spanning six rows and 35 columns. The flags were draped between the night of Oct. 23 and the predawn hours of Oct. 27, and will remain on display until Nov. 5." [Read More…]
Posted on October 30, 2017
Patriotism flies high in Hemingford - The Hemingford Ledger
"A sea of red, white and blue. That’s what you will see if you’re in Hemingford on any patriotic holiday. Every morning on Veterans Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day, volunteers assume the task of carefully unfolding American casket flags and hanging them along the streets of Box Butte and Niobrara Avenues, along with plaques that display the name of the deceased veteran whose flag is flying. People have described this scene – known as the Avenue of Flags – as both stunning and patriotic. The flags, while visually beautiful, are also a somber reminder of our deceased loved ones who proudly served our country. Some of the flags date all the way back to the Civil War. The Avenue of Flags first appeared in Hemingford on Memorial Day of 1986. During that first year, 44 flags were flown." [Read More…]
Posted on October 27, 2017
Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch - NPR
"President Trump was met by a protester who threw Russian flags at him and chanted "Trump is treason!" as he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge Senate Republicans to pass tax cuts. While the president was entering the weekly GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, escorted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a man appeared to have gotten inside the press scrum, throwing the small flags that had the word "TRUMP" emblazoned in gold." [Read More…]
Posted on October 25, 2017
Tired of waving its white flag, Scottsdale calls for city redesign - azcentral.com
"Scottsdale's flag is a real S.O.B. It's what flag design experts and enthusiasts call a "Seal on a Bedsheet." The flag, adopted in 1954, features the city’s seal — a mounted cowboy surrounded by a 64-pointed starburst — simply dropped on a white background. But now, Scottsdale is tired of waving its white flag. City officials say the design does not exemplify the desert beauty of “The West’s Most Western Town” and runs afoul of national design standards. So the city has made a call to the community: design a new flag. "Scottsdale hopes a new flag will become an immediately recognizable symbol of the proud and accomplished desert community known around the world for its blend of western heritage, natural beauty and modern art and culture," read a city statement announcing the design challenge." [Read More…]
Posted on October 24, 2017
Veterans show support for the flag in Perryville, MO - KFVS 12
"Veterans from the VFW Post 4282 in Perryville, Missouri joined other VFW members for a rally to show that they stand for the flag and will not kneel. They stood on the overpass of Highway T over I-55 in Perryville with their flags waving while traffic passes by underneath them. Many vehicles honked their horn to show their support. Veterans spoke out about why they feel the flag should be respected with standing during the national anthem. "We want them to see us out here showing that we have respect for this flag," Bob Herschbach said. "We're hoping that they take this with them on their travels wherever they're going and remember that they are able to drive these streets, these roads here because of us." [Read More…]
Posted on October 23, 2017
There's One Tiny Business Behind All Those Giant Flags - Deadspin
"It has become impossible to ignore the American flag at sporting events. This is, in part, because of the increasingly elaborate performance that is the pregame ceremony for the national anthem, in which the flag works as symbolic shorthand to represent whatever you want it to about the country, the troops, and only God knows what else. (Though God is very frequently in that list, too.) But it’s also because the flag itself—physically—is getting bigger. In recent years, NFL teams increasingly have turned to giant flags that take up the entire length of the field, sometimes for every single home game, while MLB teams opt for equally large ones to stretch through the outfield for special occasions like opening day and the postseason."
Posted on October 20, 2017
Pedestrian flags coming to crosswalks - Gulf Breeze News
"Grant Corbin, a student at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, wants drivers to be careful and those who are not quite old enough to get behind the wheel to be safe when they cross streets in his hometown. He brought an idea to Gulf Breeze City Council he thinks can focus attention on the issue and help make drivers and pedestrians more aware of safety issues at the Oct. 11 executive meeting. Members of the Council agreed. Grant latched on to the idea when his family visited St. Augustine Beach recently and he saw the plan in action. That city has placed containers filled with colorful flags at crosswalks. Those attempting to cross the streets on foot are encouraged, by signs posted nearby, to take a flag and wave it as they watch for traffic and then proceed in the crosswalk. Once they have safely arrived on the other side, they replace the flags in identical containers so that the next pedestrians can repeat the attention-getting plan."
Posted on October 19, 2017
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