State Post – South Dakota

South Dakota’s name is derived from the Sioux word “Dakota”, meaning friend. South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889 after President James Buchanan signed a bill creating the Dakota territory to make both North and South Dakota. Both states were admitted to the Union on the same day. In addition to North and South Dakota, both Montana and Wyoming were also in the Dakota Territory.

South Dakota’s state flag is a light blue color with the state seal placed in the center. Around the state seal is a yellow sun, shining its rays around the seal. Around the sun and the state seal are the words South Dakota and The Mount Rushmore State., as the state is home to Mount Rushmore, one of the most well-known monuments in the world. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are carved (by drill) in a batholith in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota. The monument took over six and a half years to complete, with construction ending in 1941. The monument attracts over 2 million visitors each year.

Along with Mount Rushmore, South Dakota is also home to the Badlands National Park. The park is a mixed-grass prairie and is the largest protected mixed-grass prairie there is. In this national park are wildlife ranging from bison to butterflies, along with fossils teaching about flora and fauna in prehistoric times. Tourists are able to bicycle, hike, and camp in the Badlands.

 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Flags

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. This day is observed by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

By the time the American Civil War had ended in the spring of 1865, more lives had been claimed than in any other conflict is U.S. history. This required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

While it is unclear where this tradition had originated, what with numerous different communities independently initiating the memorial gatherings, Waterloo, New York was declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day by the federal government in 1966. Waterloo –  which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866 –  was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. General Logan chose May 30th and called it Decoration Day. The date was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular Civil War battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, where 5,000 participants decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and by 1890, each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually became to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. However during World War I, the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict. The holiday grew to commemorate all American military personnel who died in any war.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30th, the date General Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May, in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. This change, that went into effect in 1971, also declared Memorial Day as a federal holiday.

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Using Message and Advertising Flags Responsibly

The use of Message and Advertising flags are a great way for businesses to promote themselves and catch consumers’ attentions. These flags are especially great for small businesses, as they are an inexpensive way to advertise your business or service. It is important to use these flags in a responsible manner, which is good for both business and the community that the business resides in.

As a business owner looking to utilize message and advertising flags, you’ll want to be aware of any community regulations that are to be followed. For instance, in many incorporated communities Advertising Flags such as the swooper, teardrop, or feather style falls under the temporary signage category. This means that the amount of time one can display banner flags might be regulated.

Welcome Flag

Even if your business is located in an area that has no regulation involving Advertising or Message flags, you should still use them responsibly.

  • Replace your message or advertising flag if it has become faded, worn, or tattered. This keeps them from creating a visual nuisance.
  • Install flags where they do not block street signs or traffic lights.
  • Install the flags far back enough from the street, so people leaving your drive or your neighbor’s drive have a good view of oncoming traffic.
  • Install the flags far back enough from sidewalks so as not to be a nuisance to pedestrians.
  • Bring you flag inside when windy conditions are present. Not only will this prolong the life of your flag, it can prevent them from blowing away and into traffic and potentially causing an accident.

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Patriotic Decorations for Your Summer Events

Now that summer is finally around the corner, it is a great time to start thinking about all those BBQ’s, picnics, parades, and especially Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July events you’ll be attending. United States Flag Store has a great assortment of Patriotic Decorations for all your summertime gatherings.

For parades or tabletop centerpieces, our stick flags are second to none. Available with ball tips, spear tips or no tips, our flags are available in 4 inch x 6 inch , 8 inch x 12 inch and 12 inch x 18 inch sizes.

US Stick Flags

Our most popular patriotic decoration is, without a doubt, the pleated fans. Available in different sizes and fabrics, there are fans available from Valley Forge, Annin and our own Super Tough brand.

Pleated Fans

You can proudly display your patriotic banner flags all summer. These flags are durable and gorgeous to look at. United States flag store also carries wall mount flag poles for the banner flags.

Patriotic Banner Flag

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Mother’s Day Flags

Let your town know your Mom is the best with a beautiful Mother’s Day Flag . Available in both garden or banner flag styles, our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions.

Our decorative banner flags are made of high quality polyester with applique or embroidered lettering and images. Each flag measures 28 inches x 40 inches and the designs are readable from both sides. Our garden flags measure 13 inches x 18 inches and are also readable from both sides.

Available in both banner and garden sizes, the Mom flag features a stunning floral garden with pink, purple, and blue flowers against a pink and white striped background.

Mother's Day Banner Flag - Mom

If tulips are your Mom’s favorite flower, the stunning Tulips for Mom is sure to be a hit. With its bouquet of pink and white tulips, your mom is sure to cherish this flag for years. This flag is also available in both banner and garden size.

Mother's Day Banner Flag - Tulips for Mom

United States Flag store also has flags with a more whimsical design. Available in banner and garden sizes, our Colorful Flower flag is bursting with orange, pink, and blue flowers as well as hearts and butterflies.

Mother's Day Banner Flag - Colorful Flowers

The Birds and Flowers flag is a fanciful design of flowers, birds, and butterflies.

Mother's Day Garden Flag - Birds and Flowers

We also have the charming Mom’s Day garden flag with a fun flower design against a green and white polka dot background.

Mother's Day Garden Flag - Mom's Day

Celebrate your Mom and all Moms with one of these lovely flags. United States flag store also carries wall mount flag poles for the banner flags and a garden flagpole for the garden flags.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.