Flag of the State of Idaho

May 22, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flag of the state of Idaho was adopted on November 2, 1957. The flag is rectangular with a blue background. The seal of the state of Idaho appears in the center of the flag. Below the seal, a red banner with gold trim appears with the text “STATE OF IDAHO.”

Although the Idaho state flag was not adopted until the second half of the twentieth century, the first Idaho state banner was flown in the Philippines during the Spanish American War in 1898. Just before the First Idaho Volunteer Infantry deployed for the Philippines in 1898, a group of Idaho women presented the first Idaho state flag, which was made by skilled needle-worker in Chicago.

The first flag of Idaho was very similar to the current state flag, containing a blue background and the Idaho state seal in the center. Unlike the current version of the flag, the state seal on the original flag did not include the gold circular border with the text “Great Seal of the State of Idaho” written inside the border. Instead of the text “STATE OF IDAHO” in the red banner at the bottom, the text “1st Idaho Volunteers” appeared on the original flag.

The seal that appears in the center of the Idaho state flag was adopted in 1863 and modified several times before Idaho became an official state in 1890. The seal contains a gold circular border with the text “Great Seal of the State of Idaho” and a white star, representing Idaho as a new light among the U.S. states. Inside the border, a woman representing justice and a Miner, representing Idaho’s chief 19th-century industry are depicted in the foreground. Other images, including those in the seal’s inner shield, contain many images significant to the state of Idaho. These images include a man plowing a field, a pine tree, two cornucopias, the state flower, wheat, and an elk. The Latin text Esto perpetua, or “It is forever,” also appears at the top of the seal.


American Flags for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day

May 21, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States Flag Store is your one-stop shop for American flags to help you and your family celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. The United States Flag Store is the largest online vendor of flags and flagpoles and offers top-quality flags at unbeatable prices. Read on for details about some of our fantastic American flags.

The Koralex II American Flags made by Valley Forge are some of the best American flags available. Koralex II gives American flags the traditional look of coarse cotton, but, unlike cotton flags, they are fade and fray resistant. Like all Valley Forge flags, the Koralex II American Flags are 100% U.S. made. Designed for outdoor use, these flags have nylon or canvas headings, brass grommets, and the larger flags have reinforced headings with thimble or D ring ends. These great flags are available as small as 3 feet by 5 feet for only $24.70 or as large as 20 feet by 38 feet for $808.55.

If you’re looking for value, a nylon flag from the United States Flag Store offers you a savings of 15% or more when compared to equivalent nylon flags from competitor companies. All nylon flags from the United States Flag Store are 100% U.S. made and reflect top-notch quality standards. Flags sizes range from 16 inches by 24 inches to 12 feet by 18 feet. Discounts are available for ordering in quantities of two or more.

Pleated fans are a beautiful to show your patriotic spirit in your windows and doorways. The pleated fans available at the United States Flag Store feature canvas headings and brass grommets for durability and easy hanging. The pleated fans from the United States Flag Store are made from durable and thick 600-denier polyester and they feature sewn stripes and appliquéd stars on both sides. You won’t find the “pleated effect” fans sold by competitors at the United States Flag Store, either: these fan feature generous pleats that look beautiful and elegant when displayed inside or out.

Looking for more flags and flagpoles? Visit the United States Flag Store’s website for the complete selection!


State Flag of Iowa

May 18, 2012

The flag of Iowa was adopted on March 12, 1921. The flag is rectangular with three vertical stripes: the stripe on the left is blue, the stripe on the right is red, and the larger center stripe is white. A bald eagle appears in flight in the white stripe, holding a blue ribbon with the following white text: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” The word “IOWA” is also included towards the bottom of the white stripe in red capitol letters.

Although the state of Iowa was admitted to the Union on December 28, 1946, it was not until the United States entered World War I that Iowans felt the need for a state flag. It was expected that Iowans would fight in state regiments, as in previous wars, and Iowans finally desired a banner to designate their respective units. Fortunately, the Iowa Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was interested in designing a state flag.

On May 11, 1917, members of the Society as well as Mrs. Dixie Gephardt, the flag’s designer, presented the flag before the State Council on National Defense. The Council approved the flag, after which the Daughters of the American Revolution manufactured and presented Iowa flags to each of the Iowa National Guard regiments. Unfortunately, shortly after the flag was approved, the U.S. War Department adopted a policy assigning soldiers to military regiments without regard to state residency, and the Iowa flags were not used during the war. Still the Iowa flag was used by the State National Guard and is still used today.


State Flag of Montana

May 17, 2012

The flag of the state of Montana was originally adopted in 1905. The flag is rectangular with a blue background. The seal of Montana, which was adopted in 1865, is centered on the flag. The seal depicts the beautiful landscape of Montana, complete with mountains, plains, forests, the Great Falls, the Missouri River, and a big sky. The seal also contains important symbols of Montana’s farming and mining industry: a plow, a pick, and a shovel. The state’s territorial motto, Oro y Plata, is written on a banner at the bottom of the seal, which means “Gold and Silver” in Spanish. The text “MONTANA” appears across the top of the flag in gold letters.

The flag of the State of Montana was created in 1898, when the First Montana Infantry volunteers were training for the Spanish American War at Fort Harrison. Although the men had planned to carry a 45-star United States flag into battle, Colonel Kessler, the head of the First Montana Infantry, thought the troops needed a special flag to represent their state. The flag the men carried looked like the current Montana state flag, but instead of the word “MONTANA” across the top, the text “1st Montana Infantry U.S.V.” was stitched above the seal.

After the Spanish American war, Colonel Kessler gave the flag to the Governor, who displayed the banner throughout the state. The residents of Montana began to consider the banner an appropriate representation of their state, and in 1905, the Montana State Legislature officially adopted the first state flag of Montana: a blue banner with the Montana state seal in the center. The text “MONTANA” was added to the flag in 1981.

 


Flag of Oklahoma

May 15, 2012

The state flag of Oklahoma was adopted on April 2, 1925. The flag is rectangular with a blue background. In the center of the flag is buffalo-skin shield traditional to the Native American Osage tribe. The shield contains six brown crosses and seven eagle fathers. A Native American peace pipe and an olive branch appear in front of the shield. The text “OKLAHOMA” appears below the shield in white letters.

The flag of Oklahoma is unique to the state and the elements of the flag are significant. The buffalo-skin shield represents the Osage tribe, a group of Native Americans that originated in the Ohio River valley, but moved west to Oklahoma during the mid-1600s. Throughout the 1700s, the Osage tribe was the dominant Native American tribe in the area of the United States that is now Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Today, the Osage tribe mainly resides in Osage County, Oklahoma.

Six brown crosses—the Native American symbol for stars—appear on the shield and represent high ideals. The Native American peace pipe, or calumet, and the olive branch represent both the Native American and European symbols for peace. The blue background of the flag commemorates the Choctaw, the first Native American Nation to wave an official flag. The Choctaw Nation also served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The text “OKLAHOMA,” that appears in white letters below the shield was added to the flag in 1941.

The current flag of Oklahoma is quite different from the state’s original banner, which was adopted in 1911, four years after Oklahoma became an official state in the Union. The original flag was rectangular with a red background. A white, five-pointed star with a blue border appeared in the center of the flag. The number “46” appeared in blue in the center of the star, representing Oklahoma’s entry into the Union as the 46th state.


Flag of the State of Nebraska

May 14, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flag of the state of Nebraska was adopted in 1925 but not made official until July 16, 1963, making Nebraska one of the last states to adopt a state flag. The flag is rectangular with a bright blue background. The Great Seal of the State of Nebraska is featured prominently in gold and silver in the center of the flag.

The Great Seal of the State of Nebraska was adopted in 1867, the same year Nebraska joined the Union as the 37th U.S. state. The seal highlights Nebraska’s agriculture and industry. In the foreground, a blacksmith is pictured, working at his anvil, representing the importance of this industry to the state of Nebraska. Behind the blacksmith, a small log cabin and a few sheaves of harvested wheat are pictured, symbolizing both the importance of agriculture and westward settlers to Nebraska’s state history. A river with a steamboat and a train running along tracks are also pictured in the seal, recognizing the importance of transportation to Nebraska’s industry, culture, and economy. Mountains also appear in the distance behind the train, depicting Nebraska’s skyline.

Two texts appear on the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska. The first text is written on a banner above the train and contains the state motto, “Equality Before the Law,” signifying that all people are equally protected under the same laws. The second text appears around the seal and reads: “Great Seal of the State of Nebraska, March 1, 1867.” This text commemorates the day Nebraska became an official state in the Union.


Flag Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2012

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Celebrate Mom this year by giving her a Garden Flag from the United States Flag Store. The United States Flag Store has a wonderful selection of beautiful garden flags, and because they manufacture their flags themselves, they cost less than most other flags on the market. The United States Flag Store has every type of flag Mom may want, including American flags, decorate flags, support our troops flags, military, political, and sports flags. Most garden flags are only about $8 at the United States Flag Store website. Read on for some great Mother’s Day gift ideas.

The United States Flag Store’s Monogram Garden Flags feature beautifully designed backgrounds with embroidered prominent letters in the center. Choose from three styles—stately scroll, classical elegance, and grande manor—all for just $6.50.

Welcome Garden Flags also make a perfect Mother’s Day gift. Choose from sixteen styles, including patriotic, garden, butterfly, seaside, and floral designs, all for $10.99 or less!

The United States Flag Store also has a variety of Patriotic Garden Flags that Mom is sure to love! Choose from a traditional U.S. flag design, a Patriotic Beach flag, Patriotic Picnic Flag, God Bless America Flag, and much more. These great flags are available at the United States Flag Store Website for as low as $7.95.

Summer is coming soon, and if Mom loves the hot weather, a Summer Garden Flag is a perfect gift for her. The United States Flag Store has twenty Summer Garden Flags. At the website, you’ll find plenty of beautiful flags with flowers, watermelons, frogs, butterflies, ocean views, and more.

A garden flag gift wouldn’t be complete without a flagpole to display it. Order one today to complete Mom’s gift for as low as $6.50.