December 29, 2011
The current version of the West Virginia was adopted on March 7, 1929. The flag is rectangular with a white background and dark blue border. The West Virginia coat of arms appears in the center of the flag. Rhododendrons, West Virginia’s state flower, decorate the coat of arms. The text “The State of West Virginia,” appears on a red ribbon above the coat of arms. The text “Montani Semper Liberi,” (“Mountaineers are Always Free”) appears on another red ribbon below the state seal.
The coat of arms bears symbolic meaning for the people of West Virginia. The two men depicted in the coat of arms symbolize West Virginia’s agriculture and industry. The man on the left side of the coat of arms is a farmer, holding an ax and plow and standing in front of a cornstalk. On the right side of the coat of arms is a miner holding a pickax. An anvil and sledge hammer appear on behind the miner, representing mining’s importance to West Virginia’s industrial growth.
In between the two men is a boulder inscribed with the date June 20, 1863, the day West Virginia became an official state of the Union. On the grass in front of the boulder are two rifles and a Phrygian, or liberty, cap, representing the importance of the West Virginia people’s conquest for liberty.
Although the current West Virginia flag was adopted in 1929, the West Virginia State Legislature adopted the state’s first flag in 1905. The original flag had a white background with a blue border, but a larger rhododendron appeared on the front of the flag and the West Virginia coat of arms appeared on the back. Two years later, in 1907, another version of the flag reversed the images: the rhododendron appeared on the back and the coat of arms on the front. Unfortunately, manufacturing a flag with different front and reverse sides was expensive, and by 1929, the state adopted a flag with the rhododendron and coat of arms depicted together on the same side.
December 22, 2011
Flying a Valley Forge American Flag makes a statement. Not only are you displaying your patriotic spirit, but, by waving a United States flag manufactured by the Valley Forge Flag Company, you are supporting a business that has been family owned since 1882 and a company that is dedicated to manufacturing flags that are 100% American-made. With so many of our consumer goods being outsourced to other parts of the world, purchasing an American-made flag is one big way to support a business that is truly committed to keeping operations and materials in the United States.
The United States Flag Store is the largest online vendor of Valley Forge Flags and carries flags in cotton, nylon, and Koralex materials. The Valley Forge Best Cotton American Flags are the traditional choice for American flags. These flags are made of heavy-duty 2×2 ply mercerized cotton to ensure durability and weather resistance. The flag’s colors are rich and vibrant and wear well through outdoor weather. For even better durability, the Valley Forge Best cotton American flags are reinforced with four rows of stitching at the fly end. These traditional cotton flags are available in large sizes for outdoor use, including 3×5 feet, 4×6 feet, and 5×9.5 feet at unbeatable prices. At the United States Flag Store website, you’ll also find Valley Forge Best cotton flags in a 6×9.5’ government version and a Heritage series flag.
The Valley Forge Nylon American Flags are of highest quality nylon flags on the market and are a less expensive alternative to the traditional cotton flags. Featuring heavy-duty nylon construction, these flags are designed to resist the fading and fraying that occurs with repeated outdoor use. What makes the Valley Forge nylon American flags so special, however, is their elegant construction. With sewn stripes, embroidered stars, and heavily reinforced fly ends, these flags are a cut above many other nylon American flags on the market. Available in sizes ranging from 2×3 feet to 20×38 feet, and discounts available for ordering in large quantities, a Valley Forge nylon American flag just might be the perfect addition to your home or business.
Koralex II American Flags from the Valley Forge Flag Company are another great alternative to cotton flags. Koralex is a synthetic material that looks like coarse cotton but is more durable. Koralex flags resist fading and fraying better than cotton, making them perfect for outdoor use. The Valley Forge Koralex II flags available on the United States Flag Store website are beautifully crafted with sewn stripes and embroidered stars and feature a canvas or nylon heading with brass grommets. Koralex flags are available for as low as $21.95 and in sizes ranging from 3×5 feet to 20×38 feet.
December 12, 2011
Christmas is now less than two weeks away, but it’s not too late to complete your outdoor Christmas decor with a Christmas flag from the United States Flag Store. The United States Flag Store’s vibrantly colored, high quality, appliqued and embroidered decorative flags are the perfect way to show your holiday spirit. Decorative flags for Christmas are made of high-quality polyester for the best outdoor durability. Each meticulously crafted flag is individually tested to meet the United State’s Flag Store’s high standards.
The United States Flag Store has four beautiful fiber optic flags for the Christmas season. These flags actually light up, and they look perfect alongside an outdoor light display. Flags measure 28 x 40 inches, come with door hangers, and require three AA batteries (not included). Choose from a Welcome Snowman, Winter Wonderland, Reindeer, or Heavenly Peace design. All fiber optic flags are available at the United States Flag Store for just $31.95!
The Christmas Snowflake Flag is a beautiful outdoor banner flag with lots of texture and dimension. The flag is made of a green five-sided banner that is complete with red stripes, bells, and a large white snowflake in the center. This great flag measures 28 x 40 inches and is available from for just $21.
The Silly Santa Flag is another great banner flag for the Christmas Season. The Silly Santa Flag features a blue background and a large image of Santa, complete with the red hat, long white beard, and rosy cheeks. The text “Ho, Ho, Ho!” appears on Santa’s beard. This flag is available from the United States Flag Store for a low price of just $21!
These are just a few of the Christmas Flags available from the United States Flag Store. Visit the online store today for many more Christmas flag designs, including a candy canes, Christmas cats, ornaments, and other holiday scenes.