A Flagpole for Father's Day

by Robbie Blevins

Fathers Day daughter dance

Father’s Day is a day for the men, a day to honor fathers and father figures for the roles they play in their children’s lives and the contributions they make. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June every year, although it is not a federal holiday it is a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day was first celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington but was not officially recognized as a holiday until President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 4127–Father’s Day (fifty-eight years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mothers Day official). In an excerpt from the proclamation Nixon states:

“Our identity in name and nature, our roots in home and family, our very standard of manhood—all this and more is the heritage our fathers share with us. It is a rich patrimony, one for which adequate thanks can hardly be offered in a lifetime, let alone a single day. Still it has long been our national custom to observe each year one special Sunday in honor of America's fathers; and from this year forward, by a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, that custom carries the weight of law.”

So how did Father’s Day get its roots? There have been a series of events that have inspired the idea of Father’s Day, such as the start of Mother’s Day dating back to the first decade of the 20th century. Another event was a saddening memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of coal miners who were killed in a mining accident in Monogah, West Virginia in December of 1907. Many of the men involved in the infamous mining event were fathers. However, the key role in the founding for a day to honor the fathers came when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd who is known as the “Mother of Father’s Day” was raised by her father of six children after her mother died in childbirth. After attending a church service about Mother’s Day, she questioned why there was no special day for the Fathers. After attending that sermon, Dodd later suggested establishing such a holiday to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA. And so the first unofficial Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.

Taking your father out to their favorite restaurant is widely used as well as gifting grilling equipment, tools, gift cards, and outdoor home goods. Here at US Flag Supply, we say your dad is someone to look up to – And Father’s Day is your chance to pay him back with something he can look up to everyday. Literally, with a flag pole kit, a unique gift that will stand the test of time and be something that the special men in your lives can be proud of. Cheers to the fathers!

Bunker Hill Day - Parades, Flags, and Re-enactment Groups

by Robbie Blevins

US Navy Bunker Hill Day Parade

Bunker Hill Day marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, which took place on June 17, 1775 in the Boston Harbor of Massachusetts. Every year on June 17th, The Battle of Bunker Hill, also known as the Battle of Breed’s Hill, is commemorated because it was the initial start of the Siege of Boston and the opening phase of the American Revolutionary War that ultimately led to American Independence. A range of events are held each year in observance of Bunker Hill Day, including the famous Bunker Hill Day parade in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Families have been enjoying the Bunker Hill Day parade, a tradition since 1786. Various groups participate in the traditionally long-standing parade including: local marching bands, live musical groups, current and former military members, re-enactment groups, fire trucks and police motorcycles, and locally sponsored floats. Many people also visit the Bunker Hill Monument or other historic sites on the Boston Freedom Trail. Other festivities include a range of organized events at historic sites and museums that feature re-enactments of historical events, displays of Native American life, demonstrations of Colonial life, and live music performances.

Bunker Hill Day Parade

It is unclear when Bunker Hill Day was first officially observed, however, records dating back to 1863 show it was observed in the United States. Current and past American flags are widely displayed on Bunker Hill Day including the Bunker Hill flag. The Bunker Hill Flag is one of the first known colonial flags that arose as they sought to separate themselves from the British Empire. The flag was first flown at the Battle of Bunker Hill, while it still contained St. George's cross in the canton, the color of the field was changed to blue. It was also one of the first American flags to include the Pine Tree, which would become a lasting symbol of New England and was used on many patriot flags during the Revolution.

Blue Angels Take their First Flight Over Jacksonville, Florida

by Robbie Blevins

On this day in history in 1946, an unnamed flight demonstration team was ordered by the Chief of Naval Operations to keep the public interested in Naval Aviation while boosting Navy and American morale. Lt. Commander Roy “Butch” Voris was chosen as the new flight team’s commander and tasked with selecting a team of pilots and ground staff to help execute flight demonstrations in the Grumman F6F Hellcat, the main Navy fighter airplane used during WWll. The unnamed team’s first aerial display took place on June 15, 1946 at Jacksonville’s Craig Field in Florida. After a month of the assembled team’s existence, the team’s name was given from an inspiration by the famous New York nightclub, Blue Angel nightclub. The first demonstration under the newly named Blue Angles was a show in Omaha, Nebraska on July 19, 1946. By the late 1940's, the Blue Angels were flying their first jet aircraft, the Grumman F9F Panther. With the country facing conflict in Korea, the team reported to aircraft carrier USS Princeton as the the nucleus of Fighter Squadron 191 or VF-191, in 1950. They were reorganized the following year and reported to Navy Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas where they began flying the newer and faster version of the Panther, the F9F-5. The Blue Angels remained in Corpus Christi until the winter of 1954 when they relocated to their present home at NAS Pensacola, Florida.

Now celebrating their 71st year, the amazing and highly talented Blue Angels have flown for more than 450 million spectators.

The first public display of the Blue Angel modified F6F Hellcat occurred on June 15, 1946, at Craig Field.

Photo credit: thanlont.blogspot.com

Flag Day in America, June 14th

by Robbie Blevins

The United States flag represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its independence from British rule. Most Americans celebrate the fourth of July as America’s independence but did you know that Flag Day is observed across the United States each year because of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States? On June 14th, people across the United States celebrate Flag Day to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption, which happened on June 14th, 1777. Coincidently, the Army’s founding and Flag Day coincide on the same date.

The birth of the American flag according to legend was in 1776, when General George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for the new nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed a resolution adopting the first flag of the United States when John Adams stated, "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." The former Grand Union flag which featured the Britain Union flag in the canton (inner corner) was replaced with the new design featuring five point stars for each state in the union. Since the U.S. flag’s conception, there have been twenty-seven official versions, with the current version dating back to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

The national observance of Flag Day came years later on June 14, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event. However, Flag Day did not become official until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed the legislation into law, proclaiming June 14 as National Flag Day. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, however a nationwide observance. People honor this day by displaying the U.S. flag at homes and public buildings, with singing of the National Anthem, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and Presidential Proclamation, and with flag raising ceremonies. Other celebrations include street parades, awards for special recognition's, school quizzes and essay competitions. The American flag has carried many nicknames over the years, such as “Old Glory” or “Star-Spangled Banner,” but what hasn’t changed is what the flag represents, “One nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

(Photo credit - U.S. Department of Defense...https://www.defense.gov/Photos/Photo-Gallery/?igca...)

United Nations World Environment Day - 'Connecting People to Nature'

by Robbie Blevins

Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day and has a new theme. World Environment Day is run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). It is well known that there is physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, which is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day – ‘Connecting People to Nature’. The United Nations is making big strides in highlighting the benefits from food security, water supply, and climatic stability, which clean environments provide to humanity. Whether it is land, waterways and oceans, forests, or the air we breathe, everyone has a role to play in protecting our world home. Including using less plastic, wasting less food, driving less, and teaching others to care to name a few.

Environmental Day is celebrated to raise global awareness and action for the environment and various environmental issues. This day helps reaffirm actions needed to protect nature and Earth that will lead to a positive and healthy environment for all. It also provides us with the opportunity to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately and indisputably we depend on it for survival. “On World Environment Day, and every day, let us reconnect with nature. Let us cherish the planet that protects us,” concluded Mr. Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations. World Environment Day is the largest global day for positive environmental action. The UN Environment Program (UNEP) says thousands of people across six continents are joining massive clean-ups of beaches and parks, and over 30 iconic landmarks, including the Empire State Building, 'Christ the Redeemer' statue in Rio, and Niagara Falls, will light up in green.

This year’s theme has encouraged people to admire nature and challenges us to take part in protecting our environment. Get outside today, reconnect with Mother Nature, perhaps get your hands dirty, and find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship we have with our earthly home.

Memorial Day: A Brief Snippet of How this Holiday Came To Be

by Robbie Blevins

Many Small American Flags in the morning Sun It’s easy to forget the meaning behind Memorial Day when sitting beside a pool or at a cookout with beer in hand, but the day signifies much more than just a three-day weekend. Yes, Memorial Day is synonymous with pools opening and cookouts, the start of summer (unofficially), and of course the beloved three-day weekend most Americans look forward to but what exactly does this day mean? Most Americans are unaware that Memorial Day started as a way to commemorate the deceased of the Civil War, a staggering 620,000 lives lost. After the war, as the North and South where reunited as one the meaning behind Memorial Day took root differently. It wasn’t until after World War II that Memorial Day became a federal holiday, gained its national identify, and was officially given its name in 1968.

The holiday has long been observed on the last Monday in May for decades now but that wasn’t always the case. Initially, Memorial Day was set on May 30 – which, doesn’t always fall on the last Monday in May. The current changes behind the move to the last Monday in May were primarily due to increasing commercialization. Jennifer Mittelstadt, a professor at Rutgers University stated that, “It has everything to do with commerce in the United States", she says. “Travel organizations had been pushing for three-day weekends like this since the 1950s, and they finally got the employee unions on board and the federal employee unions on board because there was a fair amount of agreement that it’d be good for business". The changes enacted in 1971 proved to be popular, ensuring a three-day weekend with a paid holiday, and the current status as the unofficial beginning of summer. These changes came on the hills of a tumultuous time in American history when patriotism and national morale were quite low in the wake of the Vietnam War. With the holiday's move to Monday, it turned the weekend into an occasion for shopping, not just sports and vacations, and helped strengthen the recreation and leisure movement in America.

Today there is great symbolic behavior in America that is collectively felt and expressed during Memorial Day. Feelings that confront the anxiety of death while allowing traditional community parades to provide feelings of exhilaration that mimic a sense of group strength people have felt during war. The sacred meaning behind the day combines recreation and leisure with mourning and ceremonies to express sorrow and unity and historically helped boost morale in America. Visiting grave sites of those who have died during wartime still remains a part of the day and is observed at cemeteries nationwide. The observance of this day is a great time to reflect in remembrance for all the lives lost fighting for our freedom. God bless America!

Display Flags for National Maritime Day

by Robbie Blevins

National Maritime Day is observed each year on May 22 as a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country’s most important industries. The United States has been a longstanding maritime nation bounded by two oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and traversed by inland waterways. From our roots as a free country onward through every conflict and period of peace since, the maritime industry, including merchant mariners have been pillars in supporting this country’s commerce and national security. The men and women, who crew ships, power the world’s largest economy and cement our ties with trading partners around the world. Merchant mariners also protect our homeland by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go, often heading into war zones and even sacrificing their lives. They even maintain our eyes and ears on the sea. President Donald Trump proclaims May 22, 2017, as National Maritime Day and calls upon the people of the United States to display the US flag in their home and communities, as well as requests that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

National Maritime Day Seal

Armed Forces Day 2017

by Robbie Blevins

Armed Forces Day 2017 Poster

Armed Forces Day is just around the corner. Most, including me (if I’m being honest) are unaware of such holiday. So what exactly is Armed Forces Day? It’s a holiday created and led by former President Harry S. Truman in an effort to establish a single day for the nation to come together and thank our military personnel for their patriotic service in support of our country. This holiday replaced separate Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine branches from having their own day of honoring and thanking their servicemen. Furthermore, the single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May and falls during Military Appreciate Month along with Memorial Day. May is a month filled with days to give thanks and honor the service members who protect our great nation and who have perished in the pursuit of our freedoms and independence. We owe more than just a few days in May to these brave and honorable people. The same people who leave their families and homes behind to carry out duties in places far away. So with great respect and gratitude, we pause, reflect, and give thanks for the many things we have and experience as a free country because of our Armed Forces. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.

The Story behind Maryland’s State Flag and its Statehood

by Robbie Blevins

On this day in 1788, Maryland was admitted into the Union as the 7th state and one of the original 13 colonies. Maryland gained its statehood shortly after the American Revolution concluded and the new colonial government claimed their independence and complete separation from the British Empire. This was a significant victory for the newly formed American government that ultimately helped birth the creation of the Constitution of the United States.

The history of Maryland began when European settlers began exploring and settling in the area. It is said to be that Maryland is considered the birthplace for religious freedom in America when it was formed by the Calvert family as a refuge for persecuted Catholics from England. The Calvert family was instrumental in Maryland’s development and to this day their family crest is included in the state flag which was adopted in 1904. The black and gold checkered designs belong to the Calvert family, while the red and white designs belong to the Crossland family.State flag of Maryland

Maryland is often referred to as the “Old Line State,” whose name was bestowed by General George Washington because of the Maryland Line Troops and their courageous fighting during many Revolutionary War battles. Maryland is also referred to as the “Free State” because slavery within the state’s borders was abolished after the Maryland Constitution of 1864. To celebrate the newly free state, under direction of Baltimore City Council, 500 guns were fired, bells were rung, and flags displayed “to attest the joy of the people at their great deliverance.”

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

by Cynthia ONeal

December 7th is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which is one of the defining moments of the 20th century, we honor and remember all servicemen and servicewomen who served at Pearl Harbor on this day.

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Flag


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