Remembering Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, The President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2017, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor

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POW/MIA Flags

What makes our POW/MIA flags stand out is that we print white ink onto the black nylon.  On many other designs, the flag is printed black and the white fabric itself acts as the design.  This typically gives a duller look.  Our POW/MIA flag prints are bright and vivid.

Here we have full-sized seals drying that will be sewn to 10′ X 15′ backgrounds.

POW/MIA Seals drying.

 

Veterans Day – November 11th

Veterans Day

World War I ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. Actual fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with these words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Originally Armistice Day was to be observed with parades and public meetings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Originally a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history, & after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the a proclamation which stated:

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

 

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. 

 

Veterans Day is still observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls.

 

Start Off the Season with NFL and College Football Flags

football flagsIf you are hoping to attend a sporting event with a lot of team spirit, there is nothing quite like an NFL or college football game, particularly in the heart of “football country.”  Cities like Philadelphia and Boston have some of the craziest fans imaginable and it’s not uncommon for season ticket-holders to spend the entire day and night out at game-related events.  It starts with the tailgate, which often involves outdoor grills, terrific food and lots of beer drinking.  Tailgaters can be seen wearing their team colors proudly from head to toe but you don’t have to paint your face in team colors to show true team spirit; most teams offer a wide selection of team flags, banners and pennants for sale as well.

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University and College Flags Make Excellent Collectibles

college flags + universityHave you ever wondered why there are so many antiques and “collectibles” shops in every major city?  If you’re not prone to collecting, it’s hard to imagine why so many people tend to be collectors at heart.  But there is something very American about collecting memorabilia, and one of the more popular collections is college flags and university pennants.  Just stop into your local sports bar or family restaurant and you are bound to see a collection of pop culture memorabilia on the walls, which invariably includes at least a couple college flags.

No matter where you went to school; a major university or a small-town college, there is nothing quite like college school spirit.  Whether it’s the sports fans waving college banners at the big game, or a proud parent displaying college flags in a basement game room, there is a place for this kind of collecting in every family.

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Pick One of These Six Fabrics for Your American Flag – And Don’t Forget the Pole!

american flag + poleBuying a new American flag used to be much simpler.  Back in the days before the Internet, a new homeowner might go out and buy and American flag and a flag pole just before the Fourth of July.  That may still be possible today, but there are many additional considerations that might complicate the decision, especially if you research your purchase online.  Ultimately, flag manufacturers aim to offer more variety and better products than ever before.  This is great news for smart shoppers who want a durable flag that will last for many years.

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Did You Know That the Best Flag Stores are Online?

flag stores + onlineIt’s hard to imagine this, but it’s true.  The best flag stores are really online.  Think about it; when was the last time you went into a store nearby and found an incredible selection of flags?  I’m not just talking about American flags or flags from around the world, either.  What about promotional flags for special events, football and baseball flags, or a flags from your favorite college team?  Whether we realize it or not, on the average day we pass by dozens of flags in our travels.  They are flown high above car dealerships, schools and banks.  They promote special offers or sidewalk sales at our favorite stores, and they are flown to let you know about an open house or special event. Football fans fly flags from their car windows, and homeowners fly flags in their gardens, but did you ever wonder where everyone gets these flags?  Good question.  For the most part, they are purchased at online flags stores.

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NFL and College Fans – Time to Buy Football Banners

football bannersIf you want to see a group of spirited fans at a game, then there is no better place to go than an NFL football game, particularly in some of the major Northeast cities like Philadelphia and Boston.  But you don’t have to paint your face in team colors to show true team spirit.  You can simply go online and find football banners to buy.  As the cameras scan the audience during the game – and you know they always do – it’s interesting to note that they look for fans displaying a football flag or football banners.  These are not just the rudimentary homemade signs that kids make; they are the real fabric flags with screen printed logos or embroidered lettering.  Continue reading “NFL and College Fans – Time to Buy Football Banners”

College Flags Make the Perfect “Going Away to College” Gift

college flagsI know, you’re probably wondering when it became fashionable to give your kids a gift just for going away to college.   They should be grateful enough for the opportunity to go to college, right?  But as “moving in” day approaches, many first-time college parents begin to realize how much they will miss having their son or daughter at home.  College flags make the perfect gift for your student, and you may want to pick one up for yourself at the same time.  

Dorm decorating is a lot different for the guys than it is for the girls.  Truth is, the average guy cares very little about whether his comforter and sheet set match.  But both genders are equally concerned about their wall decorations.  After all, if they will be staring at the same wall, day in and day out, and possibly getting a little homesick, they want the right things hanging on it.  Buying college flags online will allow you to get flags from the school (or schools) of your choice, in a variety of sizes and formats.  Your student may even use his or her flag as a banner when attending home games. 

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American USA Flags for Sale – Does Your Flag Meet “Flag Code” Standards?

american usa flags for saleThere is nothing more patriotic than flying the American flag from your home or business, but did you know there is such a thing as “flag etiquette”?  Most people know the basics of the U.S. Flag Code, but there is always some confusion about certain aspects of it.  Take it from one of the nation’s most well established flag stores offering American USA flags for sale, and learn how to fly the stars and stripes properly. Continue reading “American USA Flags for Sale – Does Your Flag Meet “Flag Code” Standards?”

College Team Flags – A Great Gift Idea for Students

college team flagsHaving a hard time thinking of a great gift idea for your favorite college student?  To come up with the best gifts for students, you may need to “think like a college student”, (and no, that doesn’t mean you should go out and buy them a case of beer!)  College team flags are a much better – and healthier – idea.  In fact, anything with their school’s logo on it will go over well with students. Chances are they already have a sweatshirt and some basic dorm room décor, but they probably don’t have a college team flag

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Don’t Give Up the Guidon: A Short History of Civil War Flags

Learning about the stories behind various Civil War flags is a favorite pastime for American history buffs, especially collectors of union and confederate flags. 

One type of flag that is common to most collections from the Civil War era is a cavalry guidon.  People who haven’t served in the military may be unfamiliar with this French-sounding term.  To clarify, a guidon is a military standard carried by companies or platoons to signify their unity designation and corps affiliation, such as Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.  Most military guidons are rectangular in shape, but they often have a triangular shape that can be removed, which would make the flag “swallow-tailed”. 

During the Civil War, just like today, the guidon flag was flown with a great sense of pride.  To this day, several military traditions revolve around this flag.  For example, if the service member carrying the guidon should drop it, he must fall with it and perform a set or two of push-ups as punishment. It is also considered an honor to carry the guidon flag, so it is taken quite seriously in drills and ceremonies. 

Because the Civil War guidons were taken even more seriously than any of ours, other units would often try to steal the guidon as a way to antagonize or demoralize the soldiers. But any veteran soldier will tell you never to give up the guidon unless absolutely necessary.

Collectors of confederate flags and other Civil War flags will enjoy the complete selection of all types of battle flags and more just by searching on the FLAGPRO Online Catalog. 

Starting a collection of Civil War flags is a great way to track the various battles and important events of this era of national turmoil.  Many history buffs and Civil War historians collect small framed flags from a variety of sources, but the number of authentic flags is very limited. 

Replica flags are a much more affordable way to complete a collection, and can be used during reenactments.  Shopping at a U.S. flag store for replicas is a great way to fill gaps in a Civil War flag collection.  The Advertising Flag Company has been making and selling a wide variety of flags since 1936, and their FLAGPRO® Flag Store offers a huge selection of affordable flags, banners, flagpoles and accessories.

An Overview of Union Flags from the Civil War

Serious collectors of Civil War era flags are usually very specific about American history, and look for certain types of flags to complete their collection.  Many will focus on either the Union or the Confederacy flags, but a Civil War historian often has a complete collection of both.  This article focuses on the Union flags from the Civil War era.

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A Brief History of American Civil War Flags

For anyone who is interested in American history, the Civil War is a subject of much fascination.  One can learn a lot about the American Civil War itself just by studying the many versions of the American flag that were used during the Civil War timeframe.

Click read more for some historical highlights of how specific events changed the face of the Civil War flags. Continue reading “A Brief History of American Civil War Flags”