Getting Your Flagpole Ready for the Season

Super Tough Heavy Duty 20ft Residential flagpole with US made nylon flag

Your flagpole is an investment, and with proper care and maintenance, it can stay looking great for years to come. A rule of thumb is to inspect your flagpole and its parts whenever you replace your flag. Flagpoles can be subjected to extreme weather that include high winds, extreme humidity or extreme cold. Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to do a little spring cleaning on your flagpole and accessories.

Most aluminum flagpoles can be cleaned with mild soap and warm water. By simply attaching a soapy sponge to the halyard, you can clean the pole by raising and lowering the halyard with the sponge attached. If cleaning the flagpole requires more than soap and water, purchasing aluminum cleaner from your local auto parts store will do the trick.

Fiberglass flagpoles can be cleaned with a mild bathroom cleaner and water. Flagpoles with anodized finishes, such as clear, bronze or black, do not require cleaning. The anodized color serves as a protective coating, and cleaning the surface can actually damage them and void the warranty.

Weather can also affect the flagpole’s halyard . The cold weather can cause a halyard to degrade and dry-rot, while salt air can cause the halyard’s fibers to appear “rotted out”. Wind, rain, and humidity can stress the halyard and cause it to fray as well.  Replacing the halyard doesn’t have to require a bucket truck, though. A great tip is to just tape the end of the new halyard to the old one and pull it up the flagpole and through the truck’s pulley. A little tape around a frayed halyard end will help it pass through the truck’s pulley smoothly. Be sure not to overlap the two ends or use an excessive, bulky amount of tape. You want the rope to glide through the pulley easily.

You’ll also want to replace snaphooks and snaphook covers when you’re replacing the halyard.

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.

Annin Flags – Proudly Making Our Country’s Symbol Since 1847

Annin Flagmakers

Annin Flagmakers, known as the premier flag manufacturer in the United States, have been making Old Glory since 1847. Annin is a 6th generation family owned and operated company headquartered in New Jersey (since 1988) and with factories in Ohio and 2 factories in Virginia.  All of Annin’s American, state, Armed Forces, international, religious flags, and all of their patriotic decorations are make in the United States, with materials that are domestic in origin.

With such a long history, Annin has learned quite a bit in making flags from the creation of long lasting fabrics and inks, to the dense embroidery of the rich star fields. Today, Annin Flagmakers applies the best of 21st century technology in their domestic factories:

– U.S. flags are manufactured with advanced stand-up sewing production techniques.

– Their state, international, and custom flags are digitally printed and screen-dyed to exact color specifications.

– Together with their art department, Annin constantly monitors dye formulas through in-house research and testing laboratories.

– Annin’s distribution systems are in real-time compliance with customer requirements.

Annin’s flags have participated in some rather important world events (among others):

  • The inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, as well as the flag that draped his casket
  • The arrival of Commander Robert E. Peary at the North Pole in 1909 and Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd at the South Pole 21 years later
  • Raising the flag by U.S. Marines atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945
  • America’s 1976 Bicentennial celebration

United States Flag Store is proud to offer Annin’s American flags in an assortment of sizes, plus pleated fans and pulldowns.

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.

Easter Flags

Celebrate Easter and the beginning of Spring with our bright and colorful Easter flags. United States Flag Store carries flags for your standard flagpole and for your garden that will add fun and whimsy. Our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions There are several designs to choose from in both banner flag designs and garden flag sizes.

We also have magnetic covers to decorate your mailbox.

Bunny and Chick Magnetic Mailbox Cover

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 banner flags feature vibrant designs such as the Bunny & Chick banner flag and the Easter Eggs banner flag. You’re sure to find the perfect banner flag for your wall mount flag pole.

Bunny and Chick Easter Banner Flag

Easter Eggs Banner Flag

United States Flag Store also carries religious themed Easter flags, too. Beautiful designs such as The Lord Reigns and Floral Cross flags are also available in both banner and garden sizes.

The Lord Reigns Easter Banner Flag

Floral Cross Banner Flag

Measuring 12 inches x 18 inches, our garden flags are just as vibrant and durable as our banner flags. Check out the Easter Beauty and the Easter Bliss garden flags, plus many more wonderful designs to decorate your yard.
Easter Beauty Garden Flag
Easter Beauty Garden Flag

Of course, if you do not have one, you can get a garden flagpole to start off with. It’s durable and easy to set up with just three pieces. These are made for 12 inch x 18 inch 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.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

Fun with State Flags

Each state is defined by many things including their name, their borders, and especially their flag. While many states went with their state seal on a blue background design (18* to be exact), some states went in other directions.

The background color for the Delaware and New Jersey state flags were both influenced by George Washington’s uniforms.

The Daughters of the American Revolution state chapters held contests to select new flags in the following states: Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

Here are other interesting facts about some of our state flags:

The Texas state flag is the oldest state flag to keep its original design (1839).

The Hawaii state flag is the only state flag to incorporate Great Britain’s Union Jack.

The Iowa state flag resembles the French flag by design. It is meant to reflect the state’s history as part of the Louisiana Territory. However, the prominent display of a bald eagle signifies that the state is American through and through.

The Arizona state flag design was voted as the official flag in 1917 even though the governor, Thomas Edward Campbell, refused to endorse it.

The Maryland’s State Flag combines two coats of arms: the gold and black George Calvert, Lord Baltimore and the red and white colored arms of the Crossland family. During the Civil War, Confederate sympathizers adopted the Crossland arms while Union loyalists waved the Calvert arms. In the aftermath of the war, the two were combined and was officially adopted as the state flag in 1904.

The New Mexico state flag was voted best in the nation by the North American Vexillological Association in 2001.

The Ohio state flag is the only non-rectangular state flag in the country.

* Utah’s state flag was originally a white image of the state seal on a blue field. However, when the Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers ordered a custom copy of the flag for the battleship USS Utah, the flag arrived with the seal having been rendered in color with a gold circle around it. Rather than re-order the flag, the state legislature adopted the new design.

Check out our page on State Flags.  We have a wide assortment of size and fabric choices for each state. 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.

Fun Facts About the American Flag

American Flag

  • The Flag Act of 1777 created the official flag for the new nation of United States of America. It stated, in part, that America’s flag “…be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
  • The design of the American flag, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that later became the Star-Spangled Banner, was of 15 stars and 15 stripes (to reflect the 1794 admissions of Kentucky and Vermont to the Union).
  • The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  • There have been 27 official versions of the American Flag, the latest version is the longest to date.
  • The flag was first called “Old Glory” by a young sea captain named William Driver in 1824.
  • According to the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry and the Flag Code, old versions of the flag never become obsolete. As long as a flag is still in good condition, it can be flown regardless of the number or arrangement of its stars.
  • There are 6 American Flags on the moon, although only 5 are still standing. The one that’s not? That would be the first one, planted by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission.
  • If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Flags

Wish friends and neighbors a Happy St. Patrick’s Day with a fun garden or banner flag from United States Flag Store! We carry flags for your standard flagpole and for your garden that will add fun and whimsy. Our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions.

There are several designs to choose from in both banner flag and garden flag sizes.

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.

Featuring vibrant St. Patrick’s banner flags such as the St. Pat’s Fun Banner Flag and the Blooming Irish Banner Flag, you’re sure to find the perfect banner flag for your wall mount flag pole.

St Patricks Day Banner Flag - St Pat's Fun

St Patricks Day Banner Flag - Blooming Irish

United States Flag Store also carries Ireland’s National Flag , as well as the Erin Go Bragh flags. These flags are available in different sizes, including stick flag size.

Ireland 5ft x 8ft Nylon Flag

Erin Go Bragh 3ft x 5ft Printed Polyester Flag

Measuring 13 inches x 18 inches, our garden flags are just as vibrant and durable as our banner flags. Check out the Dancing Clovers Flag and the Luck of Irish garden flags, plus many more designs to decorate your yard.

St Patricks Day Garden Flag - Dancing Clovers

St Patricks Day Garden Flag - Luck Of Irish

Of course, if you do not have one, you can get a garden flagpole to start off with. It’s durable and easy to set up with just three pieces. These are made for 12 inch x 18 inch flags.

Super Tough Garden Flagpole

Have a St. Patrick’s Day!

Super Tough American Flags

Super Tough American Flags

United States Flag Store is proud to offer our Super Tough brand American flags. Made from extremely durable spun polyester, our flags are your best choice if you choose to fly your flag 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These Super Tough flags are also great for high wind areas, but do take those stronger winds to fly as they are made from a heavier fabric.

Made with embroidered stars and sewn stripes, the Super Tough flags have brass grommets and are finished with a canvas heading. Highly resistant to fading or fraying, the colors are true and should last a long time. The Super Tough flags also come with a 6 month limited warranty in sizes 3ft x 5ft, 4ft x 6 foot, and 5ft x 8ft.

Our customers agree, that this is the most durable flag on the market. With proper care, your Super Tough flag will fly as a symbol of hope, opportunity and freedom.

Check out our line of a Super Tough American 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.

Fun Winter Flags

There’s no reason to give your banner flag pole the winter off. United States Flag Store has a fun assortment of winter flags for you to add some whimsy to those cold winter days.

Our decorative winter flags are made specifically for outdoor use. Made with 200 Denier nylon, each flag measures 28 inches x 44 inches and features bold colors. Our flags are readable from both sides so they can be seen and enjoyed from all sides.

Hopefully, the neighborhood kids are keeping the community stocked with friendly snowmen, but just in case they are not, we have plenty of fun snowmen banner flags. Just because they are cold, doesn’t mean the snowmen aren’t enjoying winter.

BBQ Swooper Flag - Red

United States Flag Store also offers other designs including a polar bear , cardinals , a fun “Let It Snow” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” banner flags.


 

Thanksgiving Flags

 

Thanksgiving Banner Flag - Turkey Time

Right before Halloween, it seems like everyone heads straight into Christmas without even giving Thanksgiving a thought. Stores begin to roll out decorations, sweets, and even fake Christmas trees. As the years go by, it feels like Thanksgiving is often forgotten about. Now you can remind everyone by flying a Thanksgiving flag or banner.

 

Proudly display turkeys, a harvest theme such as colorful corn, bright pumpkins, and giving thanks. Our Thanksgiving flags are great for those who love to decorate for any holiday. Our flags and banners are durable and are made to resist some of the toughest weather conditions. They are also printed with vibrant colors so your flags can stand out in your yard or garden.

Thanksgiving Banner Flag  - Vintage Thanks

If you also need a pole to hang your flags, we carry metal garden flag holders so you can hang your flags and banners. We carry sizes 13’’ x 18’’ for garden flags, as well as large 28’’ x 44’’ banner flags. Our holders are easy to put together and you can put them anywhere in your yard.

Mini Flag Arbors- Pumpkin

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

-CD

Veterans Day 💗💙

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Every November 11th since 1919, it has been a day set aside, past and present, for the service they have given to our nation. How do we observe this day and honor our brave men and women? Here are a number of ways:

 

 

 

 

  1. Support organizations that support the military and their families. Businesses often offer discounts or even a free service as a way to thank veterans. Some businesses also have a portion of the day’s proceeds donated to military organizations so it is a good day to patronize these businesses.

 

  1. Fly a US Flag. This is one of the official days to fly the flag.

 

  1. Donate to an organization that supports veterans. There are many organizations supporting veterans and any amount helps them towards their cause.

 

  1. Volunteer. This is a great way to give back in your community and you can always check with your local VA and other veteran organizations to find out what you can do.

 

  1. Attend a Veterans Day parade or event. Many towns and cities all over the country hold these to honor their local veterans. Come by and show your support!

 

  1. Thank a veteran for their service. They have sacrificed so much for us to have our freedom. Thanking them and expressing gratitude is one thing we can all do.

 

However you choose to observe the day, always have a safe and happy Veterans Day. We wish to extend a thank you to all of our men and women who have served.

 

-CD