Long a symbol of the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy, the American flag means a lot to United States citizens. The red, white, and blue flies proudly over business, homes, churches, schools, stadiums and public office buildings, but the largest U.S. flags are flown prominently over auto dealerships. I wasn’t quite sure how this became a trend, so I decided to investigate it for myself.
At first I thought these large outdoor American USA flags were designed to make people feel patriotic about buying a car, or to point out that the cars sold at a particular dealership were American-made, but it seems like neither one of these is true. Ultimately, most dealers fly large flags overhead because they want to get noticed by passing traffic.
Another popular use for super-sized American flags has been in major sporting events. This is especially true since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It started out in the weeks following 9/11, when the New York Stock Exchange draped a mammoth US flag from the top of the roof to the sidewalk below. Later, field-sized American flags were used to cover the playing field before a major sporting event like the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The flags used by Major League Baseball are quite large, at 75 x 150 feet, but they small in comparison to some other flags used at college and professional football games. Even the organizers of the Superbowl have gotten into the action, as well as auto racing and other American pastimes.
Large American flags bring the allure of patriotism to major sporting events, and when they are unfurled by hundreds of people around the field they can elicit a sense of national pride and optimism from the surrounding crowd.