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Do you know where your American Flags are made?

The weeks leading from Flag Day to the 4th of July are generally the busiest of the year in the flag industry. But are your US flags made in America?

While many buy flags based on price rather than quality, they don’t realize where those cheaper flags are made. Do you know where your American flag is made?

Facts

Even after 9/11, over $4 million dollars worth of American flags are still imported from outside the country each year. That is a significant number of U.S. flags being sold that are not being ‘ Made in America ’.

Sadly there is still no U.S. law against Chinese companies selling American flags in America.

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U.S. Army Shares 241st Birthday with U.S. Flag Day

The United States Army celebrated its 241st birthday on June 14, Flag Day, with a traditional cake cutting and celebration.

Following the local events at each Army base around the country, there is also a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; Capitol Hill Cake Cutting on June 15; Pentagon Cake Cutting on June 16th; Army Staff Run on June 17; and the Army Birthday Ball on June 18.

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History

In 1775, Congress established the Continental Army which consisted of 22,000 militiamen from outside of Boston and 5,000 from New York. Congress named George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day.

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Adopted on 12 June 195 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, The U.S. Army flag features a blue replica of the War Office Seal on a white field. Under the seal is a scarlet scroll reading “United States Army”. Beneath the scroll is the founding year, 1775.

Facts

The Army is older than the country it serves! With America not being officially established until July 4, 1776, the Army was created an entire year before to combat the British attack in Boston.

If the Army’s soldiers created their own city, it would be the 10th largest in the United States. There are over 1 million serving soldiers in the U.S. Army. Nearly half that number is on active duty and serving full time, while the other half are National Guard and Army reserves.

The Army is the second-largest employer after Walmart. While budget cuts will bring soldier numbers down to 1,042,200, the Army still beats third place runner Yum Brands which only has around 523,000.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Army! Want to purchase an Army or American flag? Click here!

 

Nation at Half-Staff for Orlando Mass Shooting

Following the largest mass shooting in the last 50 years, President Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until June 16th.

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In a proclamation the President stated:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, June 16, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

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Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy and remind you to keep your flags at half-staff until Thursday, June 16th, by President Obama’s order. Click here to subscribe for half-staff alert emails.

Telangana Attempts Tallest Flagpole to Honor Second Anniversary

Earlier this month, Chief Minister Shri K Chandrasekhar Roa of Telangana ordered a 303 foot flagpole to be built in time for his state’s second anniversary. Source

If approved, the Telangana flagpole would take the title of India’s tallest flagpole over the current 293 ft pole in Ranchi, India.

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Draw Backs

Being built along the Hussian Sagar Lake and its proximity to the Begumpet airport, the Telangana pole would need clearance from the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

With local AAI only permitted to allow structures up to 164 ft tall within the state and the permissible height estimated at around only 272 ft, issues arose quickly. Anything over 164 ft would need to be sent to AAI headquarters in New Delhi, which wasn’t ideal as the committee would then have 30 days from the time of the report to visit the issue.

This could have taken weeks to evaluate as there are three sections to each report. However, according to Time of India the chief minister reportedly asked the state government’s representatives in New Delhi to ensure the committee visit the site soon and give its report quickly. Source

Outcome

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On Thursday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao raised the 72 by 108 ft national flag of India onto a new 291 ft. flagpole to honor the state’s second formation day. Source

With this outcome we can only assume the AAI rejected the proposed 303 ft pole. For now, Telangana’s flag will stand second to the tallest flagpole in Ranchi. However, it is no less splendid and beautiful than its 2 ft taller sister.

How do you feel about the lowered height of the pole? Do you think they could have made the 303 ft pole happen if they hadn’t rushed? Keep in mind they still hold the world record for largest human flag! Let us know in the comments.

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Indy 500’s 100th Running – Memorial Day Weekend

While the Indy 500 and Memorial Day have shared the same weekend for some time now, this year is extra special for Indianapolis.

As the weekend approaches, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prepares for its 100th running.  This year the event is completely sold out and the local blackout lifted for the first time since 1950! After months of construction and additions, the IMS has sold over 350,000 tickets to the event. However, what really makes this race day special to Memorial Day is the things that happen beforehand.

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The IMS has always found ways to incorporate the military and Memorial Day into Race Day. This year there are several events during the pre-race catered to our armed forces. Below is a list of some of those things.

11:07am – Military Silverado Laps

11:43am – Pearl Harbor Veteran Salute

11:47am – “American the Beautiful” performed by Military Trio with Purdue Marching Band

11:49am – Military Speech – General Anderson

11:55am – Presentation of Colors

11:57am – “Taps”

12:00pm – “God Bless America” – Indianapolis Children’s Choir

12:02pm – Military Flyover

12:19pm – Race Starts

Where will you be this Memorial Day weekend? Surrounded by race flags and speeding cars? A memorial parade? Remembering your beloved veterans at a National Cemetery? Let us know what your plans are in the comments below!

To learn more about how to fly your flag on Memorial Day and more check out this link.

V.A. Recognizes Tribute to Veterans – ‘Black Out’

Starting the project two and a half years ago, West Virginia-based owner-operator Chuck Timbrook transformed his 1999 Freightliner into “Black Out”, a custom tribute to military veterans featuring a special reference to the 167th Airlift Wing of the National Guard in his hometown, Martinsburg.

Black Out

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The Black Out features an all new black matte paint job and a grill featuring the words “POW/MIA” and “You are not forgotten,” with an American flag, again all black. On the back half of the rig are several more tributes to veterans in the form of custom graphics along with two black themed flags; the POW flag and a black and white American flag.

Veterans Affairs Recognition

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Recently, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs surprised Timbrook with a certificate of appreciation.

The certificate was presented to Timbrook this weekend after he, volunteers and his rig delivered long-stem flowers to each veteran mom in the Martinsburg, West Virginia area. The certificate recognized his “outstanding support” and “tireless dedication”.

“To be honored by the Veterans Administration, and I never served. … It means a bunch to me and my family,” said Timbrook.

Over the next few months Black Out will be heading to 7 different veterans’ events and 8 parades. Though his main area of focus is the immediate four-state area, a trip to New York City may be in the works for Christmas festivities and one infamous parade.

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Source: Over Drive Magazine

‘Flag Man’ Travels Cross-Country to Honor Fallen Soldier Funerals

For over a decade, ‘Flag Man’ Larry Eckhardt of Little York, Illinois, has traveled the country attending funerals of fallen soldiers killed overseas and lining the streets with flags.

Flag Man’s History

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Armed with hundreds of American flags, Flag Man learns the procession route and places miles of flags along each side of the road. As they always do, strangers begin to line the highways and often join the procession to pay respects.

Eckhardt follows two motto’s: Nothing is more important as honoring a fallen soldier, and there’s no such thing as too many flags.

Under One Flag

In 2014, Eckhardt took 680 flags representing one of every 10 service members who had died since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The event included a ceremony to honor Eckhardt, New York City firefighter Michael Weinberg and Marine Corporal Zach Reiff. All men were connected by a single flag, dedicated to Weinberg after he died at Ground Zero on 9-11. The flag made its way into eckhardt’s collection and later flew at the route of Reiff’s funeral, who died while serving in Afghanistan.

Reiff’s parents now have that flag.

Watch the full story here.

Source: Wide Open Country and WQAD 8

International Firefighters’ Day

May 3rd was International Firefighters’ Day. In honor of this international holiday, we at Collinsflags.com wanted to thank firefighters worldwide by sharing a few amazing stories from the States. Stories that will make you laugh while others will bring you a sense of honor and courage.

The Brave

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In the Phoenix-area, a photo of a firefighter carrying an American flag out of a recycling plant fire went viral last month.

Tempe Fire Department Capt. Nick Ells noticed the American flag near the fire and set out to save it from flames.

“I have a great respect for our country’s flag,” said Ells to The Arizona Republic. “When I saw that it could be damaged from smoke, I took the flag down from its pole to get it out of harm’s way.”

Source: KTAR News

The Honorable

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In Jacksonville, Florida, St. Johns County Firefighter Brian Bausch spends his free time cleaning up and restoring the grave sites of local veterans.

Bausch noticed the graves in early March when looking for homeless people to help. Covered in dirt and flagless, Bausch decided to get his hands dirty. He has restored over 70 graves sites adding an American flag as the finishing touch, even doing research and posting their draft cards in home-made plaques.

Source: News 4 Jax

The Fun

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Last week, the St. Louis Fire Department had a little fun with the Kansas City Police Department as the department’s elevator malfunctioned, leaving officers stuck between floors.

Gregg Farve of the St. Louis Fire Department tweeted this photo during the rescue, which later went viral!

None of the officers were hurt. “Everyone was physically safe, but egos were severely injured,” the department said.

Source: wpxi.com

With that, we again thank all our amazing firefighters worldwide for all the dedication, hard work, and little laughs you provide us with everyday.

Iwo Jima Flag Photo Under Investigation

Many of us are familiar with the iconic Iwo Jima flag raising photograph taken during World War II. In latest news, an investigation has begun on a possible mistaken identity in the photo. Were the originally identified Marines and Navy man properly named?

If you’ve done your research you know that the photo wasn’t capturing the first flag raised at Iwo Jima but the second! However, in November 2014 a second confusion arose, when Eric Krelle of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, or Wexford, Ireland, started questioning the identity of one of the men in the photo. The Marines announced on Saturday they will be looking into the matter.

History

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On February 23, 1945, during an intense battle against the Japanese, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shot the flag raising shot. Rosenthal was not able to gather the names but after the photo gained popularity, President Franklin Roosevelt asked the military to identify the men.

Eventually the Marines listed the men as Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Michael Strank, Franklin Sousley and John Bradley, who was a Navy corpsman.

Strank, Sousley and Block were killed during the battle at Iwo Jima.

The Investigation

The six servicemen had been accepted for decades until Foley, recovering from an operation, began to notice possible discrepancies in the picture. He soon called Krelle who maintains a website devoted to the Marines’ 5th division.

Once given a second look, the men concluded that the man originally identified as Sousley was actually Harold Henry Schultz, a private first class from Detroit. If this is true, the figure who was thought to be Bradley was Sousley and Bradley wasn’t in the photo at all.

Possible Evidence

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Some of the discrepancies the men found were:

Bradley wearing uncuffed pants in the famous photo but other photos show him in tightly cuffed pants.

The bill of a cap is visible under the helmet in the photo but Bradley doesn’t have a cap visible in any other photos taken that day.
The man in the photo is wearing a cartridge belt with ammunition pouches and a pair of wire cutters hanging off his belt. However, a Navy corpsman like Bradley would usually be armed with a sidearm not an M-1 rifle and would have no need for wire cutters. Other photos from the day show him wearing what appears to be a pistol belt with no ammunition pouches.

Bradley’s son, who wrote a best-selling book called “Flags of Our Fathers,” over the flag raisers, was shocked to hear the Marines were investigating the identity of the man originally thought to be his father.

What’s your take on this? Could it be a case of mistaken identity? If so, why didn’t Bradley own up to not being one of the six years ago? Leave us your thoughts below.

Source: CBS News

Mauritius – National Flags

At Collinsflags.com we carry over 75 national flags ranging from the popular to lesser known. One flag/nation many might not recognize is the flag of Mauritius. The Republic of Mauritius is a volcanic island located in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar.

History

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Uninhibited until 1638, the Dutch named the island after Prince Maurice van Nassau. After the Dutch abandon the island in 1710, the French came across the island, using it as a trading port between Europe and the East. From the 1810-1968, the British took power over the island until they relinquished control of the colony to the people of the island.

Mauritius Flag

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The flag of Mauritius is known as Les Quatre Bandes or the Four Bands. Adopted upon independence on March 12th, 1968, the flag consists of four horizontal bands of equal width, coloured red, blue, yellow and green. The red stands for the bloodshed at the time of slavery and colonization and the struggle for independence and freedom. The blue symbolizes the Indian Ocean and green for the lush vegetation on the Island. The Yellow represents the golden sunshine and bright future for the nation.

Fun Facts

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The Dodo is the national bird but is an extinct species as they were only found on this island.

Sugar cane is the major cash crop grown on the island and take up over 80% of the islands land.

The official languages of this country are French, Bhojpuri, Creole and English. Several different races inhibit the island like Hindus, Muslims and Creoles with the primary religion being Catholics.

Mauritius doesn’t maintain a standing army.

Mauritius is the richest and most densely populated among other nations of Africa.

To learn more about the flag make or order your Mauritius flag today head over to CollinsFlags.com today!

Sources: Buzz South Africa & Wikipedia