Fly Your NFL Team’s Banner High! – Product Review

They say, Pittsburgh is the City of Champions!  Most years it’s true!  Pittsburghers love their sports and teams!

No doubt other NFL teams invoke their own brand of team pride. At Online Stores, we’ve got you covered – no matter who you support! The United States Flag Store carries all the NFL, College, MLB & NASCAR officially licensed team flags. These banners are made from durable nylon fabric and are embroidered, not printed. We also carry 3′ x 5′ durable polyester team flags, car flags, garden flags and hard hats. One stop shop for any sports fan! Don’t forget our portable tailgate flag pole to cheer your team on while you’re tailgating!

These quality crafted 24″ x 44″ banner style NFL flags are made in China of 100% Nylon with an appliquéd nylon team logo and lettering. Each NFL flag is beautifully sewn and NOT printed. These are high quality flags at a price that can’t be beat! Flag poles and other display accessories are available separately.

Some of our specialty items include car flags with your choice of team. These flags look great flying down the highway with you any time but especially on game days.

There are pennants and garden flags for baseball and car racing, plus fun flags like the classic racing checkered flag. This design comes in streamers, as well, and is perfect for any themed birthday party.

The United States Flag Store carries college football teams, so you can join other local fans in supporting your or your child’s school of choice.

ISteelersf you are a die-hard Steelers fan, this is made just for you!

Pittsburgh Steelers Banner Flag

Whichever team you cheer for, we pretty much have banners and more in stock ready for shipping!

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 1985, American Cancer Society and the Imperial Chemical Industries teamed up to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, but the pink ribbon was not the first time used. In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

bras bridgeThere were many opportunities to participate in an event in our area. My favorite is Bras Across The Bridge where you pay $20 and bring a new bra to donate. All proceeds go to people that are in need of mammograms. Not only do women attend, but kids, and men. All with their bras on the outside of their clothing. All dressed in pink, tutus, Mardi Gras beads, and full-on crazy fun.

janetI have a girlfriend Janet, who is a breast cancer survivor. Four years, cancer free. Janet’s story is everything NOT to do when something is wrong with your body. She did not go to doctors, she did not do self examinations and she did not get mammograms. Janet kept her illness to herself. She hid it from all her family. After years of keeping this to herself, knowing in her heart that it was cancer. It came time to face the fact that she had to go to the hospital. With only her sister by her side she finally went in. Hospital staff was amazed and appalled with what she was to face. Janet said knowing that she was going, gave her the peace of mind and wherewithal to do what she had to do.

She survived a series of chemo, radiation and a mastectomy, then five other surgeries that were not directly related to the cancer but may impact the cancer, were additionally performed. “After every surgery, after every treatment everything went the way it was suppose to, like everyone, including me was in that place at that particular time to work the way it was suppose to. This journey has been a testimony to my beliefs, knowing that when I gave it over to God, he would take care of it.”

**Jacquie

Thanksgiving is Turkey Time and More!

gobbleThis collection of 4 fun Thanksgiving banners is just the ticket to decorate for curb appeal this Thanksgiving!  These banners show equally well from either side. They give a stained glass effect in sunlight or spotlight. The first 2 in this collection are individual fabric pieces sewn together and all measure 28” x 44”. The last 2 are silk-screened.

  • All feature a pole hem for vertical display
  • All are made from soft, high-quality nylon fabric.

Thanksgiving Banner – Gobble It Up

Mr. Gobbler is both fun and festive! He has a black and white polka dot pilgrim with a gold sequin buckle.

flgbdec1000021499-happy-thanksgiving-turkey-flag-bannerHappy Thanksgiving Turkey Banner

Tom Turkey is surrounded by fruits and flowers of the season and gives a cheery welcome to your Thanksgiving guests!

Welcome Thanksgiving Banner Flag

This Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Flag hangs outside your home or business to celebrate the season! Try pairing it with our matching mailbox cover and/or smaller garden flag for maximum Thanksgiving punch!turkey

~AH

Food Flags

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was having a Cookie exchange for Christmas. I invited 25 people; if I get that many would be a great achievement. I am hosting this at my house and those of you that read this blog know I live in Pensacola, Florida. I love to entertain. My thoughts are leaning to an outside garden party, because I live in Florida and the weather will be beautiful. In my mind I have little bistro tables with lacy table clothes. Pretty fall center pieces and fairy lights. I will be serving Champagne Punch, the recipe my girlfriend Carole serves, with fresh raspberries. I also am going to make some finger foods. This is being held in the late afternoon/early evening.

I like to cook, bake, do some canning, freeze a couple of meals and eat it all! I have the backyard thought out but the front yard was a challenge. I went online for ideas. I was online for over 3 hours. Yes, 3 hours, you see one thing then click on something else. But what I found was flags, banners, and signs, all to do with FOOD.

cookie jalepenocookie cheerI started looking at Welcome signs and from there I went to Cheers, Wine, Candy, Watermelon, Pumpkins, Jalapenos, Turkey, Strawberries and Pineapple. Then there are carnival foods: Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Cotton Candy, Sno Cones, Pizza and Italian Ice. Knowing a few people with delis/bistro type restaurants, I am thinking these would be great for everyday or specialty sales! Welcome and Open flags and banners. Your flag could be tres chic, rustic, cutesy or just plain fun. If those ideas do not tickle you, do you know we can custom make your flag, banner or sign? Whether you need one for your place of business or you are on a committee that needs to get the word out about your organization, fundraiser, school or campaign this idea is really an eye catcher.

cookieTo finish off my Garden Cookie Coup, I am using a Welcome Garden Flag and stringing fairy lights along the ground to make a path. I am making wedding cookies, one of my favorites, melt in your mouth buttery goodness. Here is a picture of them.  Maybe it is early enough to have your own Cookie exchange…

**Jacquie

Fall Signals

scarecrow bannerFalling Leaves, Falling Temps Signal Fall with our Harvest Scarecrow.

Scarecrow Sam is just the right touch for fall at your home or place of business. He’d love to preside over your garden! Who can resist this adorable scarecrow ready and waiting to celebrate harvest and Halloween?  He comes in several sizes with a matching mailbox cover for full curbside appeal. The perky sunflower adds final whimsy! 

fall mailboxAt the United States Flag Store, in our decorative flag collection we have the perfect October selection to decorate your home and garden for the season.  Browse our site for other fall selections from our decorative banners and flags.

All our flag products feature vibrant color and high quality construction. Look in our fall collection to select this scarecrow or another among many choices.  Made of weather resistant polyester, this product is intended for outdoor display.

~AH 

Play Date

playhouseTwo little girls, a few dolls, and a wonderful playhouse = a whole lot of fun! Every little girl dreams. Just about any little girl would LOVE this playhouse in her backyard!

hydrangeaThere’s just one thing missing but don’t worry! The US Flag Store can fix it! We have darling little garden flags. Several in our fall line are just the thing for this playhouse!

Each garden flaghydrangea banner hydrangea mailbox by BreezeArt® measures 12.5” x 18”. Individual metal stands that go into the ground or mount on the wall of the house beside the front door are also available. Pair it with a matching banner (28” x 40”) and mailbox cover for the big house!

VJ Day

Am flagVictory Over Japan Day. The United States and the Allied Forces won victory over Japan during World War II. On August 15, 1945, just days after the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit by the annihilating atomic bombs from American B-29 plane Enola Gay on August 6 & 9, 1945 consequently. This marked the end of World War II. The official surrender was not signed until September 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri, which was anchored in Tokyo Bay. General Douglas MacArthur, along with the Japanese foreign minister, Mamoru Shigemitsu, and the chief of staff of the Japanese army, Yoshijiro Umezu, signed the official Japanese surrender. President Harry S. Truman declared September 2nd as VJ Day.

Some Gave All We observe this on the second Monday in August. VJ Day or Victory Day is not a widespread “holiday.” Rhode Island is the only state that officially still celebrates this memorial. We stay strong in our country because we carry and hold our history in many ways. I am raising my flag in honor of those that came before me. The POW’s, the MIA and the KIA, the members of all who served the United States and her Allies during this time in our history. Raise your flag! Raise them all, the American Flag, the POW/MIA Flag, the Some Gave All Flag and your Flag For the Fallen. Rhode Islanders raise your state flag because there is always HOPE. Fly them proudly!

~Jacquie

Happy Birthday US Coast Guard!

SAMSUNGThe Coast Guard turned 224 years old yesterday August 4, 2014. Beginning in 1790, Congress commissioned a flotilla of 10 to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. (www.military.com) The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations in our government. The original name was Revenue Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service the name was changed in 1915 when the government joined the Service with the Life-Saving Service to form an organization to serve all maritime services. Including, saving life at sea, enforcing our nation’s maritime laws, aid to maritime navigation, operating the nation’s Lighthouses, Merchant Marine licensing and inspection, since 2003 the Coast Guard has served under the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard has been a defensive frontline in its long esteemed history.

The Women’s Reserve of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve program (officially nicknamed the “SPARs”), was first established in 1942. LCDR Dorothy Stratton transferred from the Navy WAVES to serve as the director of the SPARs. A total of 978 women officers and 11,868 enlisted women served in the SPARs during World War II. (www.uscg.mil) although women were keepers of lighthouses as early as the 1830’s. In 1973, Congressional legislation ended the Women’s Reserve and women were first officially integrated into the active-duty Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve. This background is sparse (this is a blog!). For more 411 please check out the USCG link.

My girlfriend Melanie and I graduated from high school in 1979. I asked Melanie to tell her story.

What age were u when joined?

I went into the Coast Guard through the “Delayed Enlistment Program” in signed up when I was 17 yrs, I forged my mothers signature to the paper work.

Why the USCG versus another branch of the military?

Actually, there are 2 reasons – 1st one is that I got interested when in 6th grade on a field trip to an air station in Port Angeles, WA. Then I figured I’d go into a smaller military thinking that there may be better opportunities. I was not offered very many opportunities after high school.

What opportunities were offered u as a women?

None really, it was 1979 and they men including the officers thought of the women as “moral incentives for the men” kind of sucked. (that is another story in itself)

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What were your duties?

I was first stationed in Cape May, New Jersey (Boot camp). While in Cape May I won a push up contest against the guys and I was approached by an officer and asked if I would be interested in being the very first “Full Time” fire fighter in Kodiak, AK. Silly me thought why not. That was the hardest job I have ever had. Men usually only need to prove themselves once with other men, I was forced to proved my abilities daily (I had to carry 200lb men up and down ladders in and out of windows, etc…every stinking day. Then I was stationed in San Diego & Texas (ship and oil well firefighting schools). Then I was sent to Petaluma, CA (Coast Guard Station Two Rock)where I trained to be a radioman. Then to Charleston SC I was radioman their, and off the Miami, FL where I also was a radioman. (As far as busy USCG bases Miami was crazy, I would handle at least 20 SARS (Search & Rescue cases), about 5 Drug enforcement cases, and maybe 10 immigration cases at the same time. I extended my enlisted for one year and got out in 1984.

What is your proudest moment in your USCG career?

I have several but the one that stands out the most is in 1980 I was on Leave in Georgia and came across a vehicle overturned in a ditch. I crawled into the car and assisted the occupant while Billy Carter stood outside the car and kept putting out the fire that had erupted. He told his brother Jimmy about me and I was awarded one of the highest medals offered by the coast guard for bravery and courage.

Now that you have a daughter of your own, would u recommend a military career?

Yes, I would recommend the Coast Guard to my daughter, it taught me valuable lessons that I use every day.

What advice to young women seeking a Coast Guard career would you give?

Check into the academy or officer training schools, an officer life is a much better one. Also, keep your mouth shut, follow orders whether you agree with them or not and just try to have the best time you can.

Melanie was the First Full-Time Women Fire Fighter in the United States Coast Guard. What an accomplishment in that era, because she helped pave the way for women Coast Guard members than set precedent today. Today, on the Birthday of our United States Coast Guard I say THANK YOU for all you do. For my girlfriend Melanie, you are so brave and true, thank you for being my friend.

Jacquie

Loving Life And Our Flag!

Our AMERICAN FLAG is so rich in history I thought I would give a little background on some basic facts. Every red-blooded American knows the premise that Congress first authorized the flag June 14, 1777 (maybe not the date; who remembers dates?) and that we would have a star and a stripe represent each state. This evolved over the years because adding the next stripe was too much. We kept the thirteen alternating stripes to the original colonies, but added a new star as each state entered the Union. Did you know that the colors of our flag have significance also?

Red, White and Blue: Red is Valor. White is for Purity. Blue is for Vigilance and Justice.

wwii wall -southIn May 2014, my boyfriend (Honey) and I bought 500 small stick American Flags for Memorial Day. We had an idea to give back to those that had served in our Military, but what to actually do? We called Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL to see if we could place those on the graves, but the Boy Scout Troops in this area attend to the Cemetery. Next we called Veterans Memorial Park, also here in Pensacola, FL and they gave us permission to place the Flags around the park. Now Honey is a former Marine USMC (oorah) so he has very strong feelings to help and/or honor our Military. The Veterans Memorial Park, or as we call it here, “Wall South” (this is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.) not only has Vietnam War Memorial, but World War I, World War II, Korean War, Global War on Terror, and the Marine Aviation Memorials. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful memorial here in our city that is so historically based on a true love of our country!

marine flag6.25.14You think 500 flags is a lot of flags until you start placing them – after about an hour and a half we found out 500 was not near enough. Without even finishing this year’s placement, we started to plan for next year, larger flags and significantly more! We just loved our flags we bought and we were so humbled to give the honor to those that have served past, present and future. A couple weeks later, we won a gift certificate for Priceless! from the United States Flag Store by submitting a photo of these flags. With our gift certificate, I ordered Honey the Garden UCMC Flag and the Decorative Garden Flag Holder for Father’s Day. The garden flag is just gorgeous and made so well, double sided stitching with vibrant colors! The holder has a nice “locking” arm that secures your flag in all types of weather.

Have fun always,

Jacquie

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3×5 Made-in-the-USA Flag from the United States Flag Store: $25.70Koralex II
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