Yachting Flags

August 18, 2010

Yachting is a great recreational activity, especially during the beautiful summer months.  It’s important to send the right message while on your ship, however; and the U.S. Flag store wants to help you keep everyone informed with their fantastic Yachting Signal Flags.  All message flags are made of durable nylon, have a polyester heading and sturdy brass grommets, and are packaged in a clam shell box.

The Absent Flag is a solid blue rectangle and signals to others that the owner of the yacht is not on the ship.  This prevents others from approaching the yacht looking for the owner to receive them.

Let your guests know it’s dinnertime with a yachting Dinner Flag.  Just like the dinner bell at home, this solid white rectangular flag signals that dinner is being served.  Come and get it while it’s hot!

The Guest Flag is a blue rectangular flag with a white diagonal stripe.  This flag is used to indicate that the owner is not aboard, but rather a guest of the owner is sailing the yacht.  If the owner is aboard with a guest, this flag is not flown.

The Skin Diver Flag is an important safety flag for yachters.  It signals to other boats that scuba divers or snorkelers may be swimming in the area.  When this flag is flown, most states require that other boats stay between one hundred and three hundred feet from the boat.  The skin diver flag comes in two sizes: 12” by 18” and 20” by 30”.

If you’re serious about yachting, the U.S. flag store sells sizes two and three of the International Code of Signals Flags.  These sets both come with forty durable nylon flags with double stitched seams, nylon rope, distance lines, and durable plastic toggles.  The flag set includes the 26 alphabet flags, eleven pennants, one 6” by 12”, and the first, second, and third repeater flags in a durable nylon storage case.


Military Patches

August 16, 2010

If you’ve already bought a U.S. Flag Store Military Flag to honor your loved one in the Service but are looking for another way to show your support, then check out the U.S. Flag Store’s Military and POW Patches. For as little as $1.99, you can show your support for your loved one serving by stitching or ironing one of these patches onto your coat or bag.  All Military and POW patches are beautifully embroidered and have a vinyl backing.

If you’re looking for classic logos, the U.S. Flag Store sells traditional circular and rectangular U.S. Military Patches.  You’ll have your choice of a patch with the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy logo.  Each embroidered circular patch is three inches in diameter, has a vinyl backing for durability, and beautiful gold trim.  These great patches are just $1.99—33% off the list price.  Discounts are available for buying five or more patches, so order some patches for your friends and family as well!

The rectangular military patches are of the highest quality and very detailed in their design.  These 3½” x 2¼” patches are machine embroidered, enabling exact duplication of the finest details of the military logos.  Choose from the Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, or Navy emblems.  The Army and Coast Guard patches also include the year each service branch began, 1775 and 1790, respectively.  These patches are just $2.49 each and can be sewn or ironed onto clothing.

The POW/MIA Patch is black and white and includes a silhouette of a man’s head in front of a watchtower and barbed wire fence.  The text “POW/MIA” and the motto, “You Are Not Forgotten,” are also included on the patch.  The embroidered POW patch is 3” by 2¼” and has a vinyl backing.  At just $1.99 each and with discounts available for buying five or more, this POW patch is a great way to muster your family and friends’ support for you during this most stressful time.

These military patches are truly a great, affordable way for you and your family and friends to show your support for your loved one in the U.S. Armed Services.  So start wearing your pride on your sleeve and order your patches today!


Flag of Poland

August 11, 2010

The flag of Poland was adopted on August 1, 1919. It is a simple flag consisting of a rectangle divided into two horizontal fields, a white field on the top and a red field on the bottom.

Red and white have been important colors in Poland since its first royal arms banner in the Middle Ages.  This banner represented the Kingdom of Poland under the rule of King Ladislaus the Elbow-High and was a red cloth with a white eagle in the center.  This banner was not only used in battle but also as a symbol of the Polish royalty.

Later, in the sixteenth century, during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the two countries combined their symbols.  Fortunately, both countries used coats of arms that consisted of white figures with red backgrounds: Poland’s coat of arms featured a white eagle and Lithuania’s was a white knight on horseback.  During this time, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth also flew a red-and-white striped banner that included two, three, or four horizontal stripes.

Beginning in the eighteenth century, with the reign of August II, soldiers wore colored ribbons or knots, called cockades, to signify their nation’s color. Polish soldiers wore white knots, but by the second half of the 1700s, soldiers began wearing red and white ribbons to honor their country.  Finally, as a result of an uprising against the Russians in November 1830, the Sejm, or Polish house of government declared red and white as the national colors of Poland.

The flag of Poland is always flown on government buildings, including the House of Parliament and the Presidential Palace.  The flag is flown on other public buildings for the first three days of May: May 1 is May Day (formerly Labor Day), May 2 is Poland’s Flag Day, and May 3 is Constitution Day.  The flag is also flown on November 11 to honor Poland’s Independence Day.


Flag of Uruguay

August 10, 2010

The flag of Uruguay first adopted on December 16, 1828. The flag consists of a white rectangular background with blue horizontal stripes and a sixteen-ray “Sun of May” in the upper left corner.

The elements of the flag of Uruguay have historical and political significance. Joaquín Suárez de Rondelo, who was the Head of State of Uruguay in 1828, designed the flag. The flag adopted in 1828 and had seventeen stripes until July 11, 1830, when a new version of the flag was adopted with only nine stripes. The nine stripes represent the nine counties existing at the time Uruguay became an independent nation.

The “Sun of May,” has been a national emblem of Uruguay since the nineteenth century.  It was an important political symbol during the May Revolution, a series of events occurring between May 18 and May 25, 1810 that ultimately resulted in the overthrow of Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros, the Spanish ruler who was governing Argentina and Uruguay.  The May Revolution established a local government in Argentina, and began Argentina’s battle for independence. In addition to the symbol’s use during the May Revolution and on the Argentine and Uruguayan flags, the symbol was also used on the first Argentine coins.

Uruguay has two other national flags in addition to the national banner. The Flag of Artigas pays homage to José Gervasio Artigas, the Uruguayan “father of independence.”  The Flag of Artigas is rectangular two blue horizontal stripes, one across the top and one across the bottom, and a white stripe in the center.  There is a red diagonal stripe crossing the flag from the upper left corner to the bottom right corner. The Flag of Treinta y Tres celebrates the founding of Uruguay following its victory over a Brazilian revolutionary group. The Flag of Treinta y Tres is similar to the Flag of Artigas: it consists of a horizontal flag with three stripes, a blue stripe on the top, a white stripe in the center, and a red stripe along the bottom.  In the center of the white stripe, the flag reads: Libertad o Muerte (liberty or death).


Flag of Israel

August 10, 2010

The flag of Israel was officially adopted on October 28, 1948, five months after Israel became an independent state. The flag consists of a white rectangle with two blue horizontal stripes, one on the top of the flag and one on the bottom, and a blue six-pointed star in the center.

The Israeli flag was designed in 1891 for the Zionist movement, a Jewish political nationalist group that advocates for a self-determined Jewish community and to have an independent and sovereign Jewish nation. The design of the flag is reminiscent of the Jewish tallit, or prayer shawl, which is traditionally white with blue stripes. The six-pointed star, called the Magen David or “Shield of David,” is made up of two equilateral triangles juxtaposed on top of one another. Although it is traditional belief that King David used this six-pointed star during his rule of Israel in Biblical times, the star developed its more modern origins as a Jewish symbol in Prague during medieval times and was the First Zionist Congress’s symbol just before the turn of the twentieth century.

The flag’s blue color is not standardized, but mandated by the Israeli government to be a “dark sky-blue,” and the exact blue hue varies between flags. When the flag was first created, Israelis used tekhelet, a blue dye that was used by members of the upper class, consequentially becoming associated with wealth and royalty. Just as the entire flag is reminiscent of the Jewish prayer shawl, the blue color of the flag also has biblical origins: the Bible commands Israelites to have one of the threads in the tallit be a sky blue so that, upon looking at the shawl, they will think of God in the heavens.

The white and blue colors in the flag are significant in other ways as well. An Australian Jewish poet, Ludwig August Frankl, wrote in a poem, “Judah’s Colors:” “Blue and white are the colors of Judah; white is the radiance of the priesthood, and blue, the splendors of the firmament.” The white is also frequently interpreted to symbolize light, honesty, and peace, and the blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, and faith.