St. Patrick’s Day and Related Flags

A Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day and Flags Associated with St. Patrick’s Day   A Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day Saint Patrick’s Day is also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick in Ireland.  It is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th.   It commemorates Saint Patrick, the arrival of Christianity…

Is Lighting the U.S. Flag Required?

Is lighting the U.S. Flag at night required?  The answer is a matter of interpretation and good judgment.  A direct spotlight on the flag at night may not be required! At this time of year when the days are short and the hours of darkness are much longer, it seems that questions regarding the lighting…

Veterans Day Flags

The U.S. Flag should always be flown at full-staff on Veterans Day.  Veterans Day is designated to honor all veterans of the military (not those who have lost their lives in service to our country – see previous blogs related to Veterans Day and Memorial Day). In addition to flying an American Flag on Veterans…

Star Spangled Banner

The Flag & The Song In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill was contracted to sew two flags for Fort McHenry (outside of Baltimore, Maryland). The one that became the Star-Spangled Banner was a 30′ x 42′ garrison flag. It was intended as a challenge to the British warships that were expected during the War…

Tailgating: History & Tips for Success

Believe it or not…there actually is an association for tailgaters!  The American Tailgater Association (ATA). Tailgaters don’t have to be convinced to tailgate. It’s like a force of nature. 2 out of 5 tailgaters start tailgating more than 5 hours before kick-off. 35% are so devoted to tailgating that they never actually enter the football…

Nautical Flags

There are three primary types of nautical flags:  jacks, yacht ensigns and signal flags. The Jack The jack of the United States of America is a maritime flag flown on the “jack staff” in the bow of American vessels that are moored or anchored. The U.S. Navy is a prime user of jacks but they…

U.S. Coast Guard: History and Symbols

The United States Coast Guard is one of five Armed Forces of the United States. It is this nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service. The history of the Service is complicated because it is the amalgamation of five Federal agencies:  the Revenue Cutter Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and…

Flag Day 2014

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” This resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 created our first official flag. Flag Day is celebrated each year on June 14….

Memorial Day Flags

Memorial Day Flags  The U.S. Flag should always be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. Memorial Day is designated to honor those military personnel who have lost their lives in any war while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  There are some additional flags that would be appropriate for special use on…

Peace Officers Memorial Day 2014

Peace Officers Memorial Day is designated in honor of the Federal, State and Municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.   This day, May 15th of each year, ensures that the valor of the more than 15,000 law enforcement officers lost since 1794 will never be forgotten.  On this day,…