The United States Air Force Celebrates Its Birthday

“I feel the need…the need for speed!”

As I’m sure the iconic 80’s movie “Top Gun,” inspired a new generation of pilots and just awe inspired patrons and patriots, the United States Air Force was only founded 30 years prior to this on September 18th, 1947. It was during this time that the importance of airpower was needed for WW2. The result of this was President Truman signing into effect the National Security Act, which saw the formation of the pillars of the Department of Defense that we see and have today. This would consist of the United State Army, the Central Intelligence Agency, Navy and the introduction of the Air Force as an independent sector.

Though planes and air travel had been a thing since the early 1900’s, the United States Air Force was known under different names as well as being under the jurisdiction of the United States Army. In the 1980’s, stealth technology would be introduced along with the Kenny Loggins banger, “Danger Zone.” I wanted to share some history as well as some pop culture references into the introduction of this article. Honestly, just using anything to help celebrate the birthday of the United States Air Force. For without it, who knows where our country would be. I for one am happy to wish this amazing branch and the brave men and women who are either currently serving or who have served, or just if you know someone who has served a well-deserved happy birthday. A happy birthday to some of the most advanced and amazing technology in human history. A happy birthday to courage, to passion, to innovation, to freedom, to striving to be better than yesterday.

To help celebrate this occasion, The United States Flag Store has a variety of different flags that include both the official logo and flag of the United States Air Force, from stick flags all the way up to 6′ by 10″.

Car and Motorcycle Air Force Flags

Whether you are looking for a faithful companion to join you cross country or you are just looking to skirt across town to catch a movie and some ice cream, these small flags are a great way to show your Air Force pride.

Indoor 3′ x 5′ Nylon Air Force Flag with Fringe

A wonderful nylon flag with a beautiful gold fringe, this United States Air Force Flag is a great addition to the classroom, office or even to wave in the parade. Not to mention, it is made right here in the United States.

6′ x 10′ Nylon Air Force Flag

For the absolute behemoth of the bunch, made for the flag fanatic who has got the space and wants to really show that Air Force pride and fly their flag high, the 6′ x 10′ flag is it. Not for the faint of heart by any means, but this flag is wonderfully suited for indoors and outdoors, has sturdy brass grommets and is made with a heavyweight nylon. This flag is made with a lot of loving hands here in the United States.

Garden Flag

On the opposite end of the spectrum, for somebody just wanting to spruce up their landscape with some military appeal, the United States Air Force Garden Flag is suitable for doing just that. This flag comes in at 12″ by 18″, is made of nylon and has the official seal of the United States Air Force on it. Did we mention this one was made in the U.S.A. as well?

Space Force 3′ x 5′ Nylon Flag

And for those of us who have or had Netflix this last year, this next flag is probably associated with a gruff General named Mark Naird played by Steve Carell and his second in command, Chief Scientist, Dr. Adrian Mallory played by John Malkovich. While this is a fictional show, albeit a really good one, there really is a United States Space Force! It’s one of the most recent additions to the United States long list of departments and the world’s only independent space force. Being a part of the United States Armed Forces and Department of the U.S. Air Force definitely gets this flag a spot on our list. This flag comes in at the classic 3′ x 5′, is made out of Nylon and right here in the United States.

Just for fun

The CIA and the Air Force share the same birthday. They were both created with the National Security Act on September 18th, 1947.

The name for a pilot who has shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft is known as an “Ace.”

Airmen will welcome their new commander or celebrate a special occasion by smacking doors and windows and making noise on the roof. This is what is known as a “roof stomp.”

The Air Force was originally part of the U.S. Army, dating all the way back to 1907.

Some famous former members of the Air Force include comedian, George Carlin, musician, Johnny Cash, actor, Morgan Freeman and songwriter and performer, Willie Nelson.

The Air Force created a supercomputer known as the “condor cluster,” to analyze satellite imagery made out of 1760 Playstation 3’s. The Playstation 3 was a popular video game console that was available to the public at the time. This supercomputer is currently located in Rome, New York and is the 33rd most powerful computer in the world.

In honor of WW2 and Vietnam veteran, Brig. General Robin Olds, airmen will grow out their mustaches through the month of March. Gen. Olds was a triple ace, and this is referred to as the Mustache March.

The Air Force uses letters at the beginning of their aircraft that stands for the different type of craft they are, B means bomber, C stands for cargo and F for a fighter jet.

In Conclusion

We hope you found some interesting new tidbits of information and had as much fun reading as I did researching and writing this article. We also hope you found some new items to bust out on September 18th and beyond to celebrate this momentous occasion. To honor this great branch that holds all of its technological feats, time-honored traditions and full of spectacular people that have done wonderous things.

Whether you are a Goose or a Maverick, a General Naird or a Dr. Mallory, we hope that you will always continue to aim high and remember, “it’s just a walk in the park, Kazansky.”

Back to School Supplies for 2022

The lazy days of cartoons, video games and trips to the beach are coming to a close for most young people. The diets of goldfish crackers, mountain dew and grilled cheese to be replaced with a more balanced one. The routines of an excited 6:30 a.m. wake up to watch YouTube, snack and sit on the couch will be transitioned into a dreaded 6:30 a.m. alarm to rush out the door, get to school and sit in a classroom, absorbing new information to be tested on later. And while the kids are lamenting this moment, the parents are popping the corks off their champagne bottles, celebrating another summer survived. A summer of entertaining, of finding babysitters during the day. Of attempting to keep their children engaged and learning new things. To make sure they still see their friends and keep their social levels up. And while parents cheer and their kids grumble, teachers are prepping their classrooms for the coming year. Afterall, they are the ones who have to not only keep the kids’ attention now, but to also have them gain an understanding on a multitude of topics. And while the United States Flag Store can’t make that alarm sound like a Bach symphony, we can help make the classroom a little more educational and fun. That’s why we put together a wonderful list of products that would be right at home in the classroom to assist in teaching the new generation of students. Let’s dive right in!

Back to School Supplies List for Teachers 2022: Office, Supply, Sales and Deals

1. Indoor Flagpole Kits

One of the first items on our docket is the Indoor Flagpole Kits. No classroom is quite complete without the iconic American flag. Whether it’s in the corner for the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning or for comparing to other historical flags in the afternoon, we got beautiful indoor American flags that will do the trick with a lovely gold fray that looks its best indoors. Also included in some of these kits are indoor bases, stands and flagpoles. You can get all these items individually, together in a full package or mix and match, your choice.

Indoor Flagpole Kit

2. Aluminum Wall Bracket

I know these don’t sound the most exciting, but if your classroom doesn’t have the space or is set up to have a flag standing in the corner or elsewhere, these Aluminum Wall Brackets have got you covered. These brackets are made to hold a flag of up to 2′ x 3′ with a 1/4″ to 5/8″ diameter staff. They will display your flag at a 45-degree angle and even work great with stick flags.

Flag Wall Bracket

3. Indoor State Flag Kits

And if you want to add even more customization and state pride to your classroom, we have Indoor State Flag Kits. These are going to be your best option for knocking everything out at once. These kits are highly customizable from using oak to telescoping flagpoles, gold and flat spears, the Texas Star, Parade ball and a variety of different eagle toppers to really show your flagpole off and give it its own unique look. These kits in particular do come with State Flags, but if you so happen to want one that may not be in stock, you can check out our full State Flags page to pick one out here and buy the Indoor Flagpole Kit without the Flag separate for the same effect and result.

California State Indoor Flag Kit

4. 12″ x 18″ State and World Flags

Next on the list if you want something a little smaller and economical, our 12″x18″ State and World Flags are a very popular choice. From mock U.N. to congressional meetings to making learning a subject a little more immersive. If you happen to have a French or Spanish class to World History, these flags make great additions to add color, grounding and meaning to whatever subject is being taught.

Texas State Stick Flag

5. 4″ x 6″ Set of All 50 State Flags

For even smaller flags that look great on desks, check out our 4″ x 6″ Set of all 50 State Flags. This is one of our most economical packages providing you with ALL 50 states. Make the Parade of States even more memorable and have the kids “flag,” you down to learn more about U.S. history and all 50 states.

6. Revolutionary War Flags

Speaking of United States history, The United States Flag Store has a ton of famous and recognizable Revolutionary War Flags. I know when I was a kid seeing the different flags that America had throughout its tenure and in its infancy, I always looked in awe. With the American flag being so iconic and seen throughout your life, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when the American flag that we see today wasn’t always that way. From the humble beginnings of the Betsy Ross Flag with its 13 five-point stars in a circle to the Grand Union flag with the Union Jack in the canton that served before that and to the lesser used “Don’t Tread on Me,” flags. There are some great choices here to add to your classroom.

Betsy Ross Flag

7. Back to School Garden Flags

And finally, we have the Decorative Back to School Garden Flag. Perfect for setting up outside to welcome the students in your life back to a semester and session of learning. This decorative Back to School Garden Flag has a crayon shaped heart arranged in a rainbow-like fashion. It is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and a wonderful way to greet the kiddos.

Back to School Garden Flag

And with that, the bells are now ringing, and it is onto the next chapter we all go. So, in parting ways, I’ll leave you with a little sentiment to ponder and sit with. As this article has to do with learning and going back to school, I’ll stick with a cerebral concept and context. It’s an old proverb by philosopher Lao Tzu from Ancient China and it goes,

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Top 5 Fall Flags

No matter how you slice it, time sure does seem to fly. Changing seasons feels about as normal as changing your clothes. One day you are wearing your favorite Hawaiian shirt and khaki short shorts getting ready to BBQ. The next you are putting on a jacket, cargo pants and longing for a pumpkin spiced latte and a good book. It should come as no surprise though, the seasons, they always change, unless of course you live near the equator. But… something tells me you don’t, which is why you are searching for fall garden flags. Or maybe you have a passion for the exotic if you happen to be near the belt and are looking for a fall garden flag. Anyway, I digress.
We get to see many a wonderful colors throughout the year. Roads and trees are painted white in the winter. Spring brings with it some pop, life and vividness. Summer holds strong with different shades of green, from certain to changing shades, lime to evergreen. And fall we finally get to see the trees and their true colors. Untainted by the influx of chlorophyll and finally showing us what they truly are. They give us a proud show of reds, yellows, browns, oranges, some greens and everything in between. The autumn leaves are a lovely palette and site to feast your eyes upon. To share in this beautiful time, we want to share with you our top 5 fall garden flags. These will add some seasonal zest and even more beauty to your garden decor.

  • First up we have this lovely fall garden flag that features flowers and birds. What better way to welcome the new season than with a beautiful shot of fall songbirds, leaves, flowers and pumpkins? This fall garden flag is the perfect addition for someone who can’t get enough color in their world.
Fall Garden Flag – Fall Flowers & Birds
  • We also have this available in a banner flag.
  • Oh, hey there, pumpkin, great to see you again! This flag is readable on both sides and shows us that flannels can indeed be worn outside.
Carson Fall Applique Garden Flag – Hey Pumpkin
  • Next, we have another product from the Carson line up. It’s a welcome fall
    garden flag that has a design that looks like it’s right out of yesteryear.
Carson Fall Garden Flag – Primitive Sunny Welcome
  • Welcome Fall with the Whimsy Pumpkin! With a color palette that looks like it’s straight out of Scooby-Doo, this flag is just plain fun.
Fall Garden Flag – Whimsy Pumpkin

And I know we said top 5 fall garden flags, but we got so excited we wanted to share a little more. Here we got a fall windsock that has a tasteful aerial shot of some pumpkins. It’s unique combination of oranges and yellows really catches the eye and would be a lovely addition to your outdoor space. It just gives a nice comfy, cozy feel.

We hope you enjoyed our recommendations and hope to see what you pick and put up in your garden soon!

We have a large variety of themes and a vast selection of flags here at the United States Flag Store, so be sure to check them all out!

Top 5 Products for Labor Day Weekend

It’s that time of year, again. Schools are resuming session, their doors opening to sunburnt, some bummed, summer kiddos. Sports are returning from hiatus, their practices and games coming back into play. Amusement parks are trying to squeeze one more weekend out of you and your wallet, vying for just a little bit more of your time and money. I am of course talking about Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of Summer. The time where we get one more weekend to get our butts on the lake. One more weekend to get together with our friends and family before the busy season kicks in and revs itself into high gear. One more weekend to just bask in the warm glow of summer’s goodness and all it brought. Sweet sunny rays and lounging on the porch. One more weekend to party your little hearts out in whatever way suits your fancy.

Does it involve grilling? Hot dogs? Hammocks? However you like to spend your Labor Day weekend, we have put together this list to help aid you in your celebration. Celebrated nationally since 1894, Labor Day was the turning point for the American worker. With a holiday to celebrate them and all they do, we started to see more and more labor laws go into effect. 12-hour days and 7-day weeks would no longer be the norm, at least for the vast majority of workers in the industrial world. This was thanks to the plethora of unions sprouting up all over the place and many more people organizing on their own accord to fight for a better way to live. Labor Day is a pretty great holiday. Not only is it a wonderful time to commemorate and honor workers all over the world and country, past and present, but it’s a whole heck of a lot of fun to do it together. Here at the United States Flag Store, we have compiled a list of our Top 5 Products for your Labor Day Weekend Celebration!

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1. USA MADE 3×5′ American Flag

First things first, let’s get you set up with a new American Flag. Whether you don’t have one or maybe it’s just time to replace that Old Glory that hasn’t come down for the better part of a decade, it is always great to make sure your symbol for The United States of America is in tip top shape and suitable to be the center of attention or as an eye catcher at your party. The flag I am going to recommend for you today is the Super Tough brand 3′ x 5′ American Flag. It is easily one of our most popular flags with a 5-star rating from over 800 reviews. This flag is made of nylon and won’t require too much wind to see ‘er wave at you. Made 100% in the U.S.A., there’ not many better ways to honor American workers than by buying from American workers. Not only that, but it’s also super fade resistant and tough to beat.

2. Valley Forge 20ft Flagpole

In addition to updating your American flag, we also offer a beautiful 20ft Flagpole to proudly display your flag at home, having a flagpole increases curb appeal and you can hang 2 flags at once on the same pole like your State flag or Military flag under the American Flag. This particular flagpole kit also comes with a free American Flag! Our customers love this flagpole and often comment how easy installation was and that it is very durable.

3. Decorate your front porch with a Patriotic Pleated Fan

You can show your red, white and blue in more ways than just the flag, but also with a patriotic pleated fan! These look great on entryways, porches, railings and add that extra bit of flare and zest to your party and home. Celebrate this historical holiday with these historical decorations from yesteryear.

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4. Gather around an American Flag Firepit

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time for a bonfire. The weather is cooling off at night, making it the perfect opportunity to gather round a nice, warm fire. This American Flag Firepit is made of steel and in the U.S.A., so you know your fire is going to be safe and well contained. We have two different options for this one, a tattered American Flag and standard American Flag, made with a laser cut design with the classic look of unfinished steel, you’d be hard pressed to find a cooler piece of practicality and patriotic pride.

5. Get ready for your local Labor Day Parade with Small Hand Flags

You know there is going to be some parades going on, what better way to add to the celebration than to bring some American stick flags? We have got a wide array of American stick flags to meet whatever needs you may have. Whether you are looking for an 8″ x 12″ or 12″ x 18″, spear tip, ball tip, no tip, no fray and sewn edges, we got you covered. Make your parade super special and memorable by handing out these flags to some excited kiddos who get to experience the celebration and pride for the first time.

There you have it! Just a little list from us at the United States Flag Store to try and help you ring in this fantastic holiday. These products are sure to bring your festivities some patriotic vibrancy. And just remember, whatever you wind up doing, always strive to be safe and have fun.

Summer Garden Flags

It’s that time of year again. The jet skis are cruising on the lake, all of the insects are buzzing about, the tourists have set up camp in their cabins and you’re trying to keep your grass green and keep from frying in the sun. It’s a beautiful time of year, no doubt, filled with having fun in the sun, traveling, adventure, friends and family, but maybe you have been looking at your outside space and wanting to make it a little more vibrant and welcoming. Maybe you want your yard and garden to be a wonderful seasonal reflection, showcase your personality and what you really like!

Super Tough Summer Time Garden Flag with Bicycle
Super Tough Garden Flag – Sweet Summertime

Cute Welcome Garden Flags

Nothing quite invites warmth and visitors quite like the iconic welcome summer garden flags we have in store. Most of these flags measure 12.5″ x 18″ and are readable on both sides, so that way no matter where you are you can see it! Our welcome garden flags are also made with dura soft fabric that holds its own against the outdoor wear and looks great doing it. From the birds and the bees to the flowers and the trees, you are sure to get one of these flags and be pleased.

Super Tough Welcome Garden Flag with Black Buffalo Check Pattern and Lemon Wreath
Super Tough Garden Flag – Welcome

Outdoor Hello Summer Flags and Themes

Along with welcoming any visitors to your area and home, saying hello to the season and sharing some lovely foliage for everyone to take in is always appreciated and joyous. We have got an array of designs in our inventory that will bring your garden and yard to life, even if you are struggling to keep the grass from looking like it’s a dustbowl. With these beautiful designs, summer and your garden will always be in full bloom.

Super Tough Hello Summer Garden Flag with Lemonade Glass On the Beach
Super Tough Summer Garden Flag – Hello Summer

Unique Summertime Beach Garden Flags

She sells seashells down by the seashore. At least that’s the theme of these beautiful flags. We have got just the lot of beach themed flags that will turn heads and your home into a lakeside retreat. It’s hard to be too crabby with these flags.

Super Tough Welcome Garden Flag with Seashells, starfish and a blue seahorse
Super Tough Summer Garden Flag – Coastal Welcome

Seasonal Garden Flags Winter, Spring and Fall

We all love Summer but know that it only lasts such a short while. To keep some of the blues away when transitioning into the other seasons, The United States Flag Store offers garden flags for every season of the year. Whether you are looking for the cozy comforts of winter, the pumpkin lattes and colorful leaves of fall or the new beginnings that spring has to offer, you are bound to find something to ring in these seasons to your house and home.

What is the purpose of a garden flag?

A garden flag is just another way to express yourself and bring what you like and love out to the forefront. Adding these nifty little things to your yard and garden can really help personalize and warm up your space.

What material is a garden flag?

Our garden flags are made of different materials depending on what you purchase. They will come in either a dura soft material, nylon or printed polyester. All our products will state specifically what it is made of on the product description page.

Whether you are just starting out on your garden flag collection journey or just adding to it, we are happy to offer you what we have available and to be a part of it. Good luck in your findings and happy searching!

Easter Flags

United States Flag Store has a wonderful assortment of Easter Flags to decorate your house, yard and mailbox. Available in both garden or banner flag styles, our flags are made for outdoor use, so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions. We also carry decorative mailbox covers for the holidays, too.

Our decorative banner flags are made of high-quality polyester with applique or embroidered lettering and images. Each flag measures 28 inches x 40 inches and the designs are readable from both sides. Our garden flags measure 13 inches x 18 inches and are also readable from both sides.

The mailbox covers are made from all-weather vinyl and is pre-cut to fit standard (T1) rural mailboxes (6.5 inches W x 19 inches D). These covers are UV-printed for vibrant reproduction and exceptional durability.

Easter Banner Flag - Easter Babies

Magnetic Mailbox Cover - Easter Babies

Available in both banner and garden sizes, the Easter Babies flag features an adorable design everyone is sure to love. This design is also available as a mailbox cover.

Easter Banner Flag - Egg Toss

Magnetic Mailbox Cover - Egg Toss

The Egg Toss offers a colorful welcome for guests. Available in a banner flag, as well as a mailbox cover, this design is fun and colorful.

Easter Banner Flag - Easter Eggs

Magnetic Mailbox Cover - Easter Eggs

The Easter Eggs flag is a whimsical design that showcases all the colors of Spring. This flag is available as a banner flag , garden flag and as a mailbox cover.

Celebrate Easter with these bright and colorful flags. United States flag store also carries wall mount flag poles for the banner flags and a garden flagpole for the garden flags.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Flagpole

When installing a flagpole for your home, the right installation is key to keep it standing as long as possible and to avoid damage to structures and landscaping. Unfortunately, installation can be more difficult than it may seem, and fixing it afterwards is much harder than doing it right the first time. To make sure the job is done right the first time, avoid these common mistakes.

20ft Commercial Grade Fiberglass Sectional Flagpole - (Ships UPS)

1. Poor Location

Flagpoles that are too close to trees, structures, and power lines can cause damage to all of these items, especially in windy areas. The homeowner needs to think about what is around the base of the pole as well. A shifting flagpole can uproot plants and damage landscaping around its base.

2. Wrong Pole

One of the most important considerations is the strength of the flagpole. If it will be placed in a wide- open area, it will be subject to strong winds. The homeowner will need a sturdy one-piece design. If there are trees and structures around, the wind will be partially blocked, leaving more leeway for a telescoping or two-piece flagpole.

3. Wobbly Base

To keep a flagpole upright, it is not enough to just drill a hole in the ground and set the pole in. The hold needs to be filled with cement that is deep and wide enough to form a large block when it sets. This is to avoid the pole from toppling over. A good rule of thumb is to dig the hole about four times the diameter of the pole. Click here for installation instructions on some of our most popular flagpoles.

4. Pole Damage

Until the pole is up, it is easy for it to get scratched or dented, or the rings and fastenings can be crushed or bent. Until you are ready to raise it, the flagpole should stay wrapped in its packaging. The homeowner should schedule the final installation as soon as possible after receiving the pole to avoid leaving it on the ground.

5. Forgotten Parts

The flagpole usually isn’t just one piece. Instead, there is may be a collar and an array of fastenings and extension pieces used for different models. Usually, these pieces need to be assembled before setting the flagpole in the hole, so it is important to complete these steps in the right order.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Flags

United States Flag Store has a great assortment of St. Patrick’s Day Flags to decorate your house, yard and mailbox. Available in both garden or banner flag styles, our flags are made for outdoor use, so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions. We also carry decorative mailbox covers for the holidays, too.

Our decorative banner flags are made of high quality polyester with applique or embroidered lettering and images. Each flag measures 28 inches x 40 inches and the designs are readable from both sides. Our garden flags measure 13 inches x 18 inches and are also readable from both sides.

The mailbox covers are made from all-weather vinyl and is pre-cut to fit standard (T1) rural mailboxes (6.5 inches W x 19 inches D). These covers are UV-printed for vibrant reproduction and exceptional durability.

 St Patricks Day Garden Flag - Shamrocks & Ladybugs

Magnetic Mailbox Cover - Shamrocks & Ladybugs

Available in garden sizes, the Shamrocks & Ladbybugs flag features a whimsical design sure to delight. Also available as a mailbox cover.

St. Patrick's Day Banner Flag - Gold St. Patrick's

Magnetic Mailbox Cover - Gold St. Patrick's

The Gold St. Patrick’s provides a colorful welcome to guests. Available in both a banner and a garden flag, as well as a mailbox cover.

United States Flag Store also carries Ireland’s national flag , as well as the Erin Go Bragh flags. These flags are available in different sizes, including stick flag size.

 3ft x 5ft Ireland Flag - Printed Polyester

 Erin Go Bragh 3ft x 5ft Printed Polyester Flag

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these bright and colorful flags. United States flag store also carries wall mount flag poles for the banner flags and a garden flagpole for the garden flags.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

A Few Facts About President’s Day

February is a popular month among our past presidents – both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born in February (as were William H Harrison and Ronald Reagan), and President’s Day falls on the third Monday of the month. But who exactly does President’s Day celebrate?

It all started in 1800. After George Washington’s death in 1799, his birthday (February 22) became a national day of remembrance. The 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 kept Washington’s memory in the national spotlight, and the tradition endured. In 1879, Washington’s Birthday officially became a federal holiday. At first, it was only celebrated in the District of Columbia, but in 1885 it was expanded to the whole country.

Washington was the first individual to be honored with a federal holiday; it would be another 98 years before Martin Luther King, Jr. became the second.

As we all know, President’s Day doesn’t fall on Washington’s February 22nd birthday. This is because in 1971, Richard Nixon signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This law shifted several federal holidays from predetermined dates to designated Mondays. The bill received support from both the private sector (who knew that more long weekends would increase retail sales) and labor unions (who liked the idea of more long weekends for workers). The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also included a provision to combine Abraham Lincoln’s February 12th birthday and George Washington’s February 22nd birthday; in many states, both birthdays were celebrated.

Thus, President’s Day was born. Though originally intended to celebrate Washington and Lincoln specifically, the holiday is now popularly seen as a day to celebrate all presidents, past and present.

Some states have even chosen to customize the holiday by adding new figures to the celebration. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Alabama, meanwhile, uses Presidents Day to commemorate Washington and Thomas Jefferson (who was born in April).

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Facts About the Flags of the World

While every country has its own flag, these symbols of patriotism sure do bring up a lot of inquiries. From why certain symbols are chosen to what the colors of the flags mean, we’ll examine some interesting facts about the flags of the world.

Flags are national symbols. Every country decided on a specific flag as their national symbol. Before flags, certain groups of people used decorated spears and decorated staff which showed their cultural symbols. Later people used ribbons, leather, or silk decorations on the spears to differentiate their group from another group. Flags flown in the 18th century told others that this particular land belongs to them and that they rule over the people and land.

All cultures use certain symbols with are meaningful to them. Some symbols are even universal, as they have the same meaning all over the world. Here are the symbols that are most used in flags:

Japan 5' x 8' Nylon Flag

Sun: The circle of the sun symbolizes unity and energy. Japan is referred to be the “land of the rising sun” and uses the sun (simplified as a circle) in its national flag (pictured). Another country that uses this powerful symbol is Argentina.

Tunisia 5' x 8' Nylon Flag
Moon: The moon is usually displayed in crescent shape to distinguish it from the symbol of the sun. In combination with a star, the moon represents divinity. Tunisia’s flag (pictured) has three powerful symbols in its national flag; the red crescent moon and one-star rest in a white circle representing the sun. Turkey and Singapore also use the moon as a symbol on their flag.

American Flag 5ft X 8ft Nylon By Valley Forge
Stars: Constellations of stars often represent energy, especially when depicting the night sky or star constellation. The American flag (pictured) is affectionately known as “Stars and Stripes”. Other countries using the stars as a symbol are Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

England 5' x 8' Nylon FlagCross: In ancient times, the cross only symbolized the different points of the compass. However, in the 4th century, the cross was also taken as the symbol of faith. Countries that use the cross symbol include England’s St. George Cross (pictured), Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland.

Bahamas 5' x 8' Nylon FlagTriangle: The three points of a triangle represent the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in Christianity. The triangle often also symbolizes strength and power. Countries that use a triangle as a symbol are: Bahamas (pictured), Eritrea, Sudan, American Samoa, and others.

Switzerland 5' x 8' Nylon Flag
Square: The four even lengths of the square symbolize balance and equal opposites. The Swiss flag is the only square flag in the world.

White is the color most used in flags (at 17.7%), while red is second and in third place is yellow. Let’s go over what each color means.

White stands for peace and innocence. This is also the color of purity. It symbolizes light and perfection. In many countries, white is also associated with death (wave the white flag for surrender).

Red stands for love and emotion. It is the color of life, blood, and passion. It is also associated with power and danger. In China, the color red is associated with good luck.

Yellow stands for happiness and energy. It often symbolizes the sunshine. In China, yellow is considered to be the imperial color.

Blue stands for tranquility and calmness. It often symbolizes the water and the sky. The color is often associated with trust and loyalty, as well as with wisdom and harmony.

Green stands for freshness and fertility and is a symbol of nature and new growth. It also is associated with stability and safety.

Orange stands for joy, creativity, enthusiasm and even revolutionary ideas. As a combination of red and yellow, it is usually associated with strength, passion and activity.

Black stands for darkness and mystery. It is also associated with power and strength.

Dominica 5' x 8' Nylon FlagPurple stands for passion and wealth. The combination of red and blue is associated with luxury and elegance, but also with power and independence. Only a few countries use purple or violet in their flags: Nicaragua, the Second Republic of Spain, and Dominica (pictured).

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