Patriotic Moments in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrated its first year in 1942, tying with Detroit as the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States. This three-hour parade is held in New York City on Thanksgiving Day and has been televised by NBC since 1952.

While the floats and entertainment are a crowd favorite, we wanted to see what patriotic moments we could find over the last few years.



Just two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the NYPD lead the parade while honoring those killed with two U.S. flags. Another memorable moment of patriotism connected to 9/11 is the raising of the flag at Ground Zero.


Following the two large flags was a procession of NYPD officers marching with parade fringed American flags. Following close behind was Lady Liberty in float form.



Passing through Times Square, Uncle Sam is greeted by a spectator in her apartment. Uncle Sam is a well-known personification of the American Government and United States in general. During the War of 1812, Uncle Sam represents the patriotic emotion of the American people.



A man dressed as George Washington for the 79th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The parade started on schedule despite concerns that the windy weather would ground the famous balloons. Washington was the countries first president, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and a Founding Father of the United States.

Below are more photos from the 75th annual Thanksgiving Parade in 2001.


New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Waves from his float wearing a hat in support of the NYPD and NYFD after the attacks. Giuliani is praised for his performance after the attacks on the World Trade Center.


Big Bird with American flags waving in the crowd. American flag sales soared after the attacks of 9/11.


A Sikh parade attendee waved an American flag in the crowd and a poster supporting both the FDNY and NYPD after the attacks of 9/11.

Photo Source: CBS New York

Content Source: Wikipedia

Narrowing down the Search – New National Flag for New Zealand

New Zealand has been on the hunt for its next national flag during the last several months. Over 10,000 unique flag submissions were made in the hopes of making the final list and becoming the new national flag. After narrowing the search to 40 down to the final five, there is now some belief that the original flag could stay in place.

Mail voting has begun to pick a new national flag that could lead to dropping the United Kingdom’s Union Jack. New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has suggested the current flag may hold its ground and stay the flag.

While the current voting is only to select a rival flag to run against the current, it is still beneficial to learn what each flag stands for.

Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue)


The silver fern has been an icon to New Zealand for over 160 years representing the growth of the nation. The fern leaf represents Aotearoa’s peaceful multicultural society. The blue background represents the clear atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. The Southern Cross represents the navigational aid early settlers used to guide them to the island.

Red Peak


This flag breaks down powerful and fundamental visual elements into simple forms. The white and red triangles refer to the collision of two tectonic plates that formed the Southern Alps. The colors elude to a form of mythology which talks of a landscape of red earth and black sky. The white and red peaks are a representation of the tips of stars on the existing flag.




The koru stands for the fern frond but is reminiscent of a wave, a cloud and a ram’s horn. The koru represents new life, growth, strength, and peace.

Silver Fern (Black and White)


Simple and balanced, this flag represents the uniqueness of New Zealand and the colors of ‘yin and yang’. The soft curved spine of the fern binds together the nation as young, independent and proud.

Silver Fern (Red, white and blue)



All colors and shapes are represented the same as the other flags except the red. The red of this flag represents the heritage and sacrifices the nation made.

New Zealand Flag

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The current flag holds the Union flag in the canton and four red stars bordered with white to the right. The shape these four stars make is the Southern Cross. This flag was adopted for use on British Colonial ships and became the national flag in 1902.

Some believe the flags ties to Britain don’t connect with the nation New Zealand has grown to be. Others argue that its resemblance is too similar to Australia. But which will win in next year’s election… the old or the new?


Sources: Time and New Zealand Government

Buffalo Bills – NFL Football

The Buffalo Bills are a Professional NFL football team located in the Niagara Falls-Buffalo area. As a member of the East division of the American Football Conference they share a division with the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets.



The Buffalo Bills began their franchise in the American Football League in 1960. As a part of a merger in the 1970’s, the club joined the NFL. The Bills are the only team to win four consecutive conference championships and play in four consecutive Super Bowl games. Ralph Wilson owned the team from their founding year in 1960 until 2014 when he passed. The current owner is Terry and Kin Pegula.

The Stadium


Ralph Wilson Stadium is an outdoor stadium built in 1971 after the Bills joined the NFL. The stadium opened in 1973 and was originally named Rich Stadium after a Buffalo-based Food company signed a $1.5 million deal. In 1998 the stadium was renamed after the Bills founder, Ralph Wilson. The stadium holds 71,870 people and cost $22 million dollars to build.

In 2015


This year the Bills are 5-4 with, a win against the New York Jets tying them for second in the AFC East division with the Jets as well. Next week they have a bye week followed by a Sunday game against (3-5) Kansas City Chiefs. Will they make it to the playoffs this year after a 16 year break?

Pro Football Hall Of Fame

O.J. Simpson (1985)

Billy Shaw (1999)

Marv Levy (2001)

Jim Kelly (2002)

James Lofton (2003)

Joe DeLamielleure (2003)

Thurman Thomas (2007)

Bruce Smith (2009)

Ralph Wilson (2009)

Andre Reed (2014)

Bill Polian (2015)

Buffalo Bills Merchandise

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Car Flag

Logo Magnet

State Flags through the Decades – The 1800’s

In the 1800’s, our country was in its first century of development. We wondered, what did flag designs consist of during this time? Do time and style transitions have an effect on flag design? Or does history itself influence the way a flag is designed? We were curious. So we broke up state flags by decades to see the change and variation in design.

Starting with the 1800’s, we observe the designs of eight different state flags during that time to see what they have in common, if anything.

Hawaii – 1845


The Hawaii flag is the only state flag to feature the Union flag of the United Kingdom, a reflection of Hawaiian history when it was associated with the British Empire. The canton of the flag contains the Union flag of the UK. The field of the flag is composed of eight horizontal stripes symbolizing the eight major islands.

South Carolina – 1861


The flag of South Carolina is based off of one of the first Revolutionary War flags. In 2001 South Carolina’s flag was ranked 10th best designed state flag by the North American Vexillological Association. This flag holds a white crescent in the canton and a white palmetto tree on an indigo field.

North Carolina – 1885


North Carolina’s flag was designed by a former Confederate soldier and state Adjutant General, Johnston Jones. In 1885, Jones’ introduced a bill to replace the red field of the old flag with a blue field. The flag holds the dates of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (May 20, 1775) and the Halifax Resolve (April 12, 1776). This is the first flag to introduce gilt (gold-color) to its flag colors.

Mississippi – 1894


Mississippi’s flag, while under much controversy lately, went under several adoptions before settling on the 1894 design. The flag is red, white and blue and has a red square union topped with a blue X lined with 13 five-point stars. The 13 stars symbolize the original states in the Union. The field of the flag is divided into one-third sections of blue, white and red (from top to bottom).

Alabama – 1895


The Alabama flag is represented by a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.

New Jersey – 1896


The Great Seal of the State of New Jersey is the central motif of the New Jersey Flag. The seal contains a horse’s head atop a helmet to represent New Jersey as a self-governing state. Beneath is a shield holding three plows within it representing why the state’s nickname is “Garden State”. The goddesses embody the state motto of “Liberty and Prosperity”. This is the first flag to not solely been a variation of the colors red, white and blue.

Connecticut & Rhode Island – 1897


On the Connecticut flag stands a white baroque shield with three grapevines with bunches of purple grapes on each. The banner below the shield translates from Latin to “He who transplanted still sustains”, the state motto. The flag field is azure blue and flies at 5.5 ft tall and 4.33 ft wide.


The Rhode Island flag again has the state motto on it; “HOPE” written in gold inspired by the biblical verse “hope he have as an anchor of the soul”. Above the motto is a golden anchor, both are surrounded by the 13 stars to represent the 13 colonies and Rhode Island’s position as the 13th state to ratify the Constitution. The flag is frequently depicted with golden fringe around the edges while the field of the flag is white.

Now that we have observed these eight flags of the 1800’s, a pattern seems to follow the first 49 years in the shape of red, white and blue themed flags. After 1894, flag designs started to shift and embody the states unique qualities such as their state mottos and seals.

Stained Glass Flag Art – Flag Fun

Stained glass art is the use of different colored glasses to create a piece of work, an activity that dates back as far as 4th and 5th century in churches.  We wondered though, are there were any pieces of stained glass flag art out there? This technique has a thousand year history; surely someone has created a beautiful piece of art using their nation’s flag as inspiration!

We found four stained glass pieces both in and out of church settings that contained flag art on our search. Have you ever seen any stained glass designs inspired by flags? Comment below and share your findings with us!

Washington Window


Selby Abbey is an Anglican parish church in Selby, North Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1069, this church holds the Washington family coat of arms. Recognize the design? It’s said this designed was the Washington family coat of arms (Yes, George Washington!) was the model for both the United States flag and the District of Colombia.

St. Mary’s of Battersea


The upstairs of the St. Mary’s church of London, England stand an ornate stained glass window portrait of Benedict Arnold. Arnold is a well-known figure in American history for switching back and forth fighting for America and Britain. His stained glass piece represents both sets of flags for this reason.

Paris’s Juares Station


Designed by Jacques-Antoine Ducatez in 1989, this stained glass design was set in the Jaures open-air station as a 200th anniversary memorial to the French Revolution. This design is an abstract series of blue, white and red shapes resembling French Flags.

University of Kansas


Believed to be the largest stained glass flag art, this 29-foot-tall America flag billows from the top of a floor-to-ceiling window in the University of Kansas’s, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

Latvia Independence Day – Republic of Latvia

Latvia’s National Day is also known as Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia and celebrated on November 18th. Latvia’s Independence Day commemorates the day the Republic of Latvia declared independence from German and Russian occupation on November 1918 at the end of the First World War.

Sadly in the wake of World War II, the Soviet Union occupied the country. From June 17, 1940 to August 21, 1991 Latvia stayed under the Soviet Union’s power. Independence Day was restored in May of 1990 and known as the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Independence of the Republic of Latvia.

The Flag

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The Latvia flag wasn’t officially adopted until 1922. The flag is red with a stripe of white running horizontally. The red color symbolizes the readiness of the Latvians to give their lives for freedom and willingness to defend liberty.

Latvia National Day Events

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In the countries capital, Riga, the day begins with a parade and the laying of flowers at the Freedom Monument. In attendance are the President of Latvia and other government officials. Following the parade is a nationally televised address to the people by the President of the Republic of Latvia.



The World Lights Its Monuments as the French Flag – Paris Attacks

As the lights went out on the Eiffel Tower in wake of the horrific attacks Friday night, the rest of the world lit up their most well –known monuments with the red, white and blue of the French Flag.

More than 100 people lost their lives in the Paris attacks Friday night. In honor of their memories, the lights on Frances most iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower, went dark and the rest of the world shone bright with the colors of the French flag.

Take a moment with us to remember those lost in the attacks with these honorary photos of the monuments.



Friday night, France dimmed the 50 stories of the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile,



The Sydney Opera House lit in this beautiful interpretation of the French flag following the Paris attacks Friday.



The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated with red, white and blue lights to show the France flag as people lay candles and flowers at the French Embassy.

United States and Canada


The Peace Bridge that connects Canada and the United States shone bright with the colors for the French Flag Saturday night.

United States


In New York City, One World Trade Center lit its antenna with the colors of the France.



The National Gallery in London flanks colors of the flag on both the left and right side of the entry way.



Christ the Redeemer glows Frances national colors in Rio de Janeiro a day after the attack.

National Flags with the Olive Branch

We’ve done National Flags with vertical stripes, National Flags with one circle, and so many more. Today we wanted to do something a little more unique. Have you ever wondered how many national flags have olive branches?

There are three national flags that have a representation of the olive branch. The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory. Historically, olive branches were worn by brides and virgins in as a custom of Ancient Greece.  Does it represent peace here?



The Cyprus Flag features a map of the entire island with two olive branches below on a white flag. The olive branches stand for peace here as does the white flag. The cooper-orange color of the island represents the large deposits of copper ore in the territory.

United Nations


The United Nations flag is blue with white design. Featured on the flag is a map of the world in white, surrounded in a wreath of crossed olive branches. The olive branch symbolizes peace here as well and the world map represents all the people and countries of the world. Blue and white are the official colors of the UN.


Eritrea olive branch flag

The flag of Eritrea is dominated by a red isosceles triangle which starts at the hoist and ends at the fly. The red triangle is flanked by a green triangle above it and a blue below it. Inside the isosceles triangle is a golden wreath encircling a golden olive branch. Green stands for the livestock and agriculture in the country, blue for the sea, and red for the blood lost in their fight for freedom.

Source: Wikipedia

Armistice Day around the World – Veterans Day

Every year the United States celebrates Veterans Day in honor of those who served and fought for our country in the armed forces. In recent years, Veterans Day has been known for its parades, commemorative events and great shopping deals around the country.
Have you ever wondered which other countries are celebrating their troops with us on November 11th? Even if it doesn’t include shopping discounts, every country has their own troops and ways of celebrating. We wanted to take this time to research what other countries are doing with their Veterans Day.

United Kingdom


In the United Kingdom, Armistice Day is celebrated from late October up to November 11th. On this day, the Royal British Legion distributes 40 million poppies that people wear to commemorate those who have served in the armed forces. Armistice Day is also observed with a two-minute moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day throughout the country. Other countries that observe Armistice Day with poppies include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, to name a few.



France celebrates Armistice Day with military parades to war memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris. France’s president and other public figures lay wreaths and flowers at the war memorials. Many people wear black or dark clothes on this day.



Belgians are known to host one of the biggest Armistice Day ceremonies. Since 1928, Belgium has held the Last Post Ceremony. The Last Post is the name of a bugle call played in the British Army and others to mark the end of the day. Since then it has been used to remember fallen soldiers. The Last Call Ceremony takes place at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. Poppies are released from the roof during the ceremony.

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Poland Independence Day – November 11

Poland celebrated independence from the Russian Empire, Kingdom of Prussia, and Habsburg Empire in 1918. This holiday is observed as a non-working day of the year. The holiday was constituted in 1937 but only celebrated twice before World War II. The date corresponds with other countries Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Days.  Coincidentally, all of these holidays and Polish Independence Day all emerged as holidays at the end of World War I.

Let’s observe Poland’s Independence by learning about their flag and what it symbolizes.


Poland’s flag for everday flying

The Poland flag is represented by two equally sized stripes of white and red. These colors are defined as the national colors in the Polish constitution. A flag that holds the national coat of arms in the middle of the white stripe is legally reserved for official use abroad and at sea.

The colors white and red were adopted as the national colors in 1831.

Flags with similar designs are Monaco and the Czech Republic.

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This flag is for official use while overseas and abroad. It hold the countries crest in the field of white.


Source: Wikipedia