Flags at Half-Staff on Memorial Day May 29th

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On Memorial Day, May 29th, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon.  It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer …

Flags at Half Staff in observance of Firefighters Memorial Day on October 9, 2016

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The National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation will sponsor the official national tribute to the 112 Firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year on October 9, 2016. (see list at http://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/about/2016-roh/). Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland. On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush approved legislation requiring the American flag to …

President Obama has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres.

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  Flags throughout the U.S. should remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016. DEATH OF SHIMON PERES – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, I hereby order, by …

Custom Flags – what types are available?

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Bright colors and the fluttering motion of custom flags can’t help but catch the eye. When it comes to attracting people’s attention, flags and banners are one of the best ways of doing so. Whether you want to get the word out about your business or organization, display your patriotism, or provide attractive decorations for boats, gardens, or avenues, custom …

Flags at Half-Staff Honoring the Victims in Nice, France

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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the …

Flags at Half-Staff Immediately through Sunset 7/12

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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Dallas, Texas BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the …

100th Anniversary of Flag Day – June 14, 2016

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Although President Woodrow Wilson didn’t issue a presidential proclamation establishing American Flag Day until May 30, 1916, the first celebration of the U.S. Flag’s birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. In 1885, it is believed that BJ Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher, organized a group of children to observe June 14th …

Memorial Day – May 30, 2016

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On Memorial Day, the United States recognizes the people who have died in service to their country. The American flag plays an important part in the celebration of the day. History of Memorial Day Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971. The holiday is celebrated in the United States on the last Monday in May.  Beginning in 2000, Congress …

Half – Staff Alert Police Officer’s Memorial Day – May 15th

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Peace Officers Memorial Day was created on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Amended in 1994, Bill Clinton, through Public Law 103-322, directed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on May 15. According …

National Anthem Etiquette

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With baseball season in full swing and flag flying holidays approaching, many of us will find ourselves at an event where the National Anthem is played. The National Anthem didn’t start out as the one our Nation’s most recognized songs. In fact, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem in 1814 titled Defense of Fort McHenry. His poem was modified slightly …

American Flag Flying Days

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The American Flag is an idolized symbol of the United States and should be properly displayed on all days when weather permits, especially on designated flag flying days. Never miss an important flag flying holiday by following the dates below: Share this Image On Your Site <p>The American Flag is an idolized symbol of the United States and should be …

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Custom Flags and Your Business Image

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How to Use Custom Flags & Banners to Present a Positive Business Image A customer’s first impression of your business is made when they drive up to your storefront, office building or factory. Making an impression is very important. Custom flags and custom banners are a great way to present a positive image to your customers. Whether you have a …

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Wave Banner/Swooper Flag Frequently Asked Questions

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Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Wave Banners Have you ever thought about making a wave banner or swooper flag to display outside your businesses or along the side of the road? Not sure how to get started on your custom wave banner or swooper flag project? Below are the Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions about making a wave banner: …

The National 9/11 Flag

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Each year, the National Independent Flag Dealers Association (NIFDA) recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated patriotism with the George Washington award.  This year, Jeff Parness from the New York Says Thank You Foundation was given this award because of his efforts in the National 9/11 Flag restoration project. At the 2015 NIFDA conference, Jeff shared the amazing story …

The Honor and Remember Flag

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At the 2015 NIFDA conference, I had the privilege of hearing George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, Inc., share the mission of his organization.  On December 29, 2005, George’s son was killed by a sniper’s bullet while on patrol in Iraq. During his grieving process, he spoke to many Gold Star families and discovered a common need for knowledge …

Insights and Inspirations from the 2015 NIFDA Conference

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Last week, we attended the annual National Independent Flag Dealers Association (NIFDA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a great opportunity for flag dealers to meet, connect, and network with each other and with flag manufacturers. We found the conference to be educational and inspiring, so we wanted to share a few of the insights we gained and experiences …

Help us Flood the Internet with Pics of Support for #PowMiaDay

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Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which the United States observes on the third Friday of September each year. Join us in honoring the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. People across the country will be holding ceremonies to show support for …

Celebrate Homecoming With Custom Flags and Banners

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Is your school or university celebrating homecoming this fall? Do you need a great way to show off your school spirit and promote your homecoming game, parade, banquet, or dance? We’ve got the perfect solution: custom flags and banners! Here are some of the options that we can provide for you: Flagpole Flags Flying a homecoming flag from your school’s …

How to Retire the American Flag [Infographic]

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Do you have an older flag that you’re ready to retire? We’ve put together the following infographic to help you out:   If you’re interested in purchasing an American Flag, please visit our online store. If you have any questions about flags, please contact us. How to Retire the American Flag [Infographic] was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by Laurie Olsen

Using Outdoor Flags to Promote Your New Community

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If you’re looking to get the word out about your new community, custom outdoor flags are a great way to help people find out about you. With their bright colors and eye-catching motion, custom flags will be sure to get people’s attention. Let’s look at the available options for outdoor flags: Custom Flagpole Flags Flying a flag from a flagpole …

How Custom Miniature Flags Can Help Your School Raise Money

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As the new school year begins, schools and parent teacher organizations are looking for ways to raise funds, but one possibility they might not have considered is custom miniature flags. While these types of flags, which are sometimes called stick flags, are probably most commonly associated with patriotic events like 4th of July parades, the stars and stripes flag isn’t the …

Choosing a Custom Flag to Represent your University

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As the new school year begins, colleges and universities may be looking to fly flags that bear their logo or seal around campus. Making these flags available for purchase by students and alumni is also a great way to promote school spirit. But what are the best options for custom university flags? One-Sided vs. Two-Sided For flags that will be …

Proper U.S. Flag Disposal

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As a symbol of our country, the United States flag should be treated with respect. If you own and fly an American flag, you want to be sure to observe proper etiquette, but what about a flag that has reached the end of its natural lifespan? Here are some tips on how to properly dispose of an American flag: Burning …

Not All American Flags Are Created Equal

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Buying an American flag is not as straightforward as it may seem. You’ll need to consider the different options available and make sure that you choose the ones that best fit your needs. At A Stars and Stripes Flag Corporation, our flags are meant to last. We use a combination of the highest quality components and state-of-the-art manufacturing to give …

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Feather Flags Vs. Wave Banners: Weighing Your Options

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These days, the streets in many cities or towns are lined with colorful banners advertising nearby stores or products to people driving or walking by. These eye-catching banners, which are known as wave banners or feather flags, are hard to miss, and if you’re looking to promote your business or organization, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity they …

Installing an Inground Flagpole

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For schools, businesses, or municipalities that want to fly an American flag and/or the flags of their state, city, and organization, an inground flagpole is a great addition to their building. However, these flagpoles need to be installed correctly. Here are some tips for installing your flagpole: Review the installation instructions to determine the size of the area needed for …

Why Custom Garden Flags Should Be Your Next Fundraiser

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If you’re tired of selling the same products year after year after year to earn money for your organization and you’re looking for a unique item to sell for your next fundraiser, try custom garden flags! Sales of these decorative custom flags are a great way to earn money, and they will also increase awareness of your organization wherever they are …

Celebrating the Fourth of July

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July 4th is one of the major holidays celebrated in the United States, commemorating the date the country became an independent nation. The United States flag is an important part of Independence Day celebrations, possibly more than any other day of the year. Let’s take a look at the history of the Fourth of July, tips on flag etiquette to …

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Using Swooper Flags To Help Your New Community Get Noticed

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You’ve probably seen them when driving down the street: colorful banners flapping in the wind advertising local businesses. Swooper flags, which are also known as wave banners or feather flags, are a great way to get the word out about your new community. Their bright colors and large text make them highly visible, ensuring that anyone passing by will know …

What Is the Right Flagpole for Your Home?

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Flying a custom flag or American flag in front of your house is a great way to demonstrate your patriotism or support for a team or organization. But if you’re looking to install a new flagpole, you might be wondering what your options are. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you make the right decision: The first choice …

Choosing a Flagpole for Your School, Business, or Municipality

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For organizations like schools, businesses, and municipalities, flying an American flag, along with flags for their state, city, or the organization itself (see the etiquette for displaying flags here), in front of their building is a great way to demonstrate patriotism and catch the eyes of people passing by. But if you’re looking to install a flagpole, what are your …

Celebrating Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a major United States Holiday, recognizing the people who have died in service to their country. As an important symbol of our country, the United States flag plays a large part in Memorial Day celebrations. Let’s take a look at the history of Memorial Day, how the flag should be flown on this holiday, and events taking …

Custom Flag & Custom Banner Lingo

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Single Reverse – The image on the custom flag or banner is printed on the front and bleeds close to 100% through to the back of the flag.  The image on the back is the mirror image of the front of the flag. “But my flag has text, won’t it read backwards?” is a common response to this description.  Believe it …

How Long Will My Custom Flag Last?

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There is no definite answer to the question of how long a flag should last.  The life of a flag can vary depending on the weather, its location, airborne contamination, and how often it is flown. At A Stars & Stripes Flag Corporation, our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no …

Artwork Requirements for your Custom Flag or Banner

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Ensuring that your custom flag or custom banner turns out exactly how you want it to is our top priority.  Here are some helpful tips when sending us your artwork. We operate on Adobe Creative Cloud which means we have the most current software. We accept the following file types: Illustrator CC, CS6 or below Photoshop CC, CS6 or below …

Common Questions About United States Flag Etiquette

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The United States flag, commonly called the Stars and Stripes, is a symbol of the country, and it should be treated with proper respect, since it symbolizes everyone in the country without making any political distinctions or judgments. But while some of the etiquette around the flag is well-known, such as never letting it touch the ground or never displaying …

When Should the US Flag Be Flown?

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If you own a US Flag, you might wonder when it is appropriate to fly it. While it may be displayed every day, it is particularly appropriate to display it on the days listed below: New Year’s Day – January 1 Martin Luther King Day – Third Monday in January Inauguration Day – January 20 Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12 …