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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
We believe in the axiom "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" that's why we make every effort to deliver our flags in the most environmentally conscious way. So next time you get a package from us in a nearly new box, know that we are proudly doing our part to reduce our environmental foot print.
Today we observe the founding of the US Army and Flag Day!
The US Army was founded in Colonial times on June 14th 1775.
National Flag Day is a great time to show your patriotism! Fly the Flag!!!
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