Flag of Virginia

November 29, 2010

The Flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia was adopted on January 31, 1861 at the beginning of the United States Civil War. The flag is rectangular with a blue background. In the center of the flag is the seal of Virginia enclosed in a white circle. Virginia’s seal was designed by George Mason, known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights” and George Wythe, whose signature appears on the United States Declaration of Independence.

The seal depicted on the flag of Virginia features a woman, personifying Virtus, or virtue in ancient Roman times. Virtus is a symbol of peace, and she stands with her sword in its sheath resting her weight on a long spear, indicating a victorious battle. Her bare foot rests on Tyrannis, or tyranny, represented by a man in a purple robe and sandals with a fallen crown. The scene symbolizes the Virginia’s—and the United States’—defeat of the British government during the American Revolution. The broken chain in Tyranny’s left hand further emphasizes Great Britain’s defeat by the American Colonies. Virginia is the only state besides New York to include a crown in its flag.

The word “Virginia” appears on top of the seal, and the Latin phrase, Sic semper tyrannis, appears at the bottom. The motto literally means “Thus Always to Tyrants,” and describes the scene depicted on the seal. The phrase’s origins, like the image, date back to Roman times whe Marcus Junius Brutus assassinated the tyrant Julius Caesar. The phrase has been used to ill effect as well during notable U.S. assassinations. John Wilkes Booth shouted, Sic semper tyrannis, when he assassinated Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Timothy McVeigh wore a T-shirt with the phrase and a picture of President Lincoln when he was arrested after the Oklahom City bombing in April 1995. In Virginia, however, saying Sic semper tyrannis, is a common joke dating back to the Civil War and means “get your foot off my neck.”

Flag of South Carolina

November 26, 2010

The Flag of the State of South Carolina was adopted on September 28, 1861. The flag is rectangular with a blue background. In the center of the flag is a white palm tree. A white crescent appears in the upper left corner.

The Flag of South Carolina was first designed for use in the Revolutionary War. In 1775, Colonel William Moultrie developed the state’s first flag, a blue rectangular banner with a white crescent in the upper left corner, the blue color matching the militia uniforms. The word “liberty” appeared inside the white crescent on the first version of the flag.

The original Revolutionary War flag remained in use until 1861, when the South Carolina General Assembly adopted a flag with a palmetto tree in front of a white oval background. The flag was only in use for two days—it is thus known as the “two-day flag”—and two days later the palmetto tree was modified to a simpler white tree in front of the blue background.

The addition of the palmetto tree on the South Carolina flag recognizes Colonel Moultrie and his troops, who defended Charleston by constructing a fort from palmetto logs.  Because palmetto logs are soft, the British cannons were unable to destroy the fort, allowing the Americans to win the battle at Charleston on June 28, 1776.

Like many other Southern States, South Carolina flew a different flag after it seceded from the Union during the civil war era. South Carolina’s Sovereignty/Secession Flag was actually flown in several parts of the Union during the Civil War to demonstrate support for the South. The Sovereignty/Secession Flag features a red background with a blue cross. Inside the blue cross are white stars. In the left corner of the flag, the crescent and the palm tree are featured next to each other.

The meaning of the crescent is debatable. South Carolina soldiers may have worn a crescent on their caps during the revolution. The crescent is also thought to be symbolic of a “second son,” one who came to the United States in search of a more prosperous life.

Flag of North Carolina

November 24, 2010

The flag of the State of North Carolina was adopted in 1885. North Carolina was the 12th state to join the United States of America: it gained statehood in 1789.  The flag is rectangular and uses the same colors as the flag of the United States—red, white, and blue—but also includes a golden color to highlight its lettering.

The left side of the flag, closest to the hoist, is blue with a white star in the center. The letter “N” appears to the left of the star, and the letter “C” appears to the right. The date May 20, 1775 appears on golden ribbon above the star, and the date April 12, 1776 appears on another golden ribbon below the star.  To the right of the blue portion of the flag are two equally divided horizontal fields: the top field is red and the bottom is white.

The two dates on the North Carolina flag are important dates in the United States’ battle for independence and are also dates that recognize North Carolina as an important state in the revolutionary movement.  May 20, 1775 recognizes the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, which was the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies. The citizens of Mecklenburg County signed the declaration on May 20, 1775 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

April 12, 1776 commemorates the Halifax Resolves, which was adopted by the Fourth Provincial Congress of the Province of North Carolina. Like the Mecklenburg Declaration, the Halifax Resolves was named for the town where the document was discussed. The Halifax Resolves motivated North Carolina’s leaders, including Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, and John Penn, to join the other United States colonies and declare independence from Britain.

When North Carolina seceded from the Union on May 20, 1861—just six years after the flag’s adoption—the date of the Halifax Resolves was replaced with North Carolina’s secession date. The blue field on the left was changed to red and included a larger star and the red field on the right side of the flag was changed to blue. The official North Carolina flag was restored after the Civil War.

Tailgating Flagpoles

November 23, 2010

You’re all set to host a great tailgate party—you’ve packed your food, drinks, games, music, flag—but you’re missing something. How will you sport your flag? A Tailgating Flagpole from the U.S. Flag Store is the best way to show off your team or favorite driver at your tailgate party!

The Tailgating Flagpole Kit comes with everything you need to fly your favorite flag next to your car at your tailgate party. The Tailgating Flagpole Kit is complete with a sixteen- or twenty one-foot telescoping fiberglass flagpole, a flagpole car stand, and two nylon ties to attach your favorite flag.

The 20’ Sporting Event Flagpole is a great choice for a tailgating flagpole.  Made from lightweight silver anodized aluminum, this flagpole is light yet sturdy and collapses to just forty inches. The flagpole adjusts to flags sizes ranging from 1’ x 2’ to 3’ x 5’. This flagpole won’t let you down at any tailgating party, parade, or stadium event.

If you opt for the lightweight aluminum flagpole, you’ll need a Tailgate Stand to complete your setup. Using the weight of your car the Tailgate Stand sits underneath your car tire for stability. The Tailgate Stand is made from lightweight aluminum, collapses to just two inches for easy storage, and includes set screws to lock the flagpole in place.

If you’d rather fly your tailgating flag from the back of your car, the U.S. Flag Store offers an Aluminum Trailer Hitch Bracket for your tailgating flag needs. The mount easily slides into your trailer hitch and fits pole diameters of 2 ¼” and 2 ½”. Remember, your vehicle must be stationary for installation and use.

Before you complete your order, be sure to add a Never Furl Kit to your cart. This great little kit allows you to fly a grommet flag and never get it wrapped around the pole. For only $15, you’ll save yourself worries and trouble!

Tailgating Games

November 22, 2010

The weather may be getting colder, but it’s never too cold to have a tailgate party before the big game! The U.S. Flag Store has everything you need to keep you entertained at your tailgate party with classic games including washer toss, corn hole, ladder ball, and even tailgating tables!

Washer Toss is one of the best lawn or tailgating games, fun for young people, old people, and everyone in between. The basic washer toss set includes two sets of four washers (one red set and one blue set), two washer toss boards, and instructions. Best of all, the washer toss game packs up into a handle box for easy travel. For sports fans, the U.S. Flag Store sells NFL Washer Toss and NCAA Washer Toss Set. If you’re a football fan, choose from twenty popular NFL teams; and if you’re a college sports fan, you’ll chose from eighteen of the best college teams.

The Tailgate Toss set is a great way to have fun at an outdoor party. Just like traditional beanbag toss, the object of the game is to throw as many beanbags in the hole as you can. The Tailgate Toss set comes with two sets of four bean bags (one red set and one blue set), two plastic boards that lock together for easy storage, instructions, and a durable nylon carrying bag. For the sports fans out there, the U.S. Flag Store offers the Tailgate Toss with the logos of 77 different NCAA teams and all 32 NFL teams. This game is a great way to spice up your tailgate party!

If you haven’t played Ladder Ball, you’re missing out on a lot of backyard and tailgate fun. The object of the game is to throw bolos at a ladder and get the bolos to wrap around the ladder rung. The U.S. Flag Store sells awesome Football, NCAA, and NFL Ladder Ball sets, using a goal post with rungs and a football field base instead of the traditional ladder. Ladder ball is a great game to throw in the car on your way to a party and is sure to bring lots of fun with it!

NHL Flags

November 16, 2010

The NHL season is in full swing, and what better way to show your team spirit than with an NHL Flag from the U.S. Flag Store. The U.S. Flag Store’s great selection of National Hockey League flags are officially licensed by the NHL and made of the finest quality polyester for indoor or outdoor use.

The NHL Banner Flags are printed on durable polyester and measure 27” x 37”. With a 2.5” pole sleeve, they can either be hung vertically from an outdoor flagpole or mounted on a wall inside for decoration.  The U.S. Flag store has thirty different NHL flags, so you’re sure to find your favorite team’s flag. Some flags are simple, like the Detroit Red Wings Banner Flag, featuring the red-winged wheel and a red and black background. Other flags are flashier and sure to stand out on your lawn. The Florida Panther’s Banner Flag, for example, features a panther lunging outwards, an NHL hockey puck, and a brightly colored background.

There’s no better way to show your team spirit on the go than with an NHL Car Flag. Designed to withstand wind and weather, these flags are made with a durable knit polyester fabric. Flags are double sided, measure 11.75” x 14,” and are mounted on a 20.5” vinyl pole. The U.S. Flag store tried many different suppliers, but finally found a flag that is suitable for highway driving. Keep in mind, however, that frequent highway driving significantly shortens the flag’s lifespan, so you might want to keep your flag inside the far when driving at high speeds. The U.S. Flag Store’s NHL Car Flags are an excellent choice and value: you might find flags like this at stores or other websites for up to $20 each. The U.S. Flag Store provides great value by purchasing directly from the manufacturer and providing these high-quality flags for only $13.95 each! Order yours today and support your favorite hockey team all season long!

Political Flags

November 12, 2010

Whether you’re a Democrat of Republican, it’s not too late to show your political pride with the U.S. Flag Store’s great selection of Political Flags.

The Democratic and Republican Party flags are 12” x 18” and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. While most flags this size are printed in the cheapest manner possible on coarse fabric and stapled to a wooden stick, the U.S. Flag Store’s political party flags are nicely printed on high quality polyester fabric. All edges are sewn to prevent fraying and other signs of wear and tear while out on the campaign. The flag includes a pole sleeve and is mounted on a 24-inch stick with a spear tip. You won’t find a flag of this quality anywhere else for only $2.20!

The 12” x 18” flags are available with Republican and Democratic text on them. The Democratic flag includes an image of a red and blue donkey on either a plain white or patriotically decorated background. The Republican flags include a red and blue elephant on either a white or patriotically decorated background.

Democrat and Republican Party flags are also available in a 4” x 6” size. These flags, like the larger varieties, are made of high quality polyester but are mounted on a 10” black plastic stick with a gold spear. Small party flags are perfect for parades, promotional items, and other political events. For just $0.99 extra, the flags can include a desk stand so you can always have your flag on display!

If you’re looking for a more decorative banner, the U.S. Flag store also has Democratic and Republican Party Banner and Garden Flags. These brightly colored flags feature an embroidered image of either the Democratic donkey or Republican elephant with gold stars on a red, white, and blue background. What a great way to support your party on your lawn!