United States Flag Store’s Frequently Asked Questions

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year! United States Flag Store welcomes customer questions on flags, flagpoles, flag cases, and accessories. We want, as well do our customers, to be sure that they receive the correct information when it comes to properly displaying flags.  Let’s go over a few of our most Frequently Asked Questions.

What size flag case is needed for an American Memorial (funeral) flag?

All Memorial flags are 5 feet x 9.5 feet in size.  When properly folded, the American Memorial flag will show the stars at the uppermost to remind us of our national motto, “In God We Trust”.  While there is no code on how the American flag should be folded, the current 13 fold manner has gained popularity through the years. Each fold is a reflection of the ideals of the United States of America.

What size flag should I fly on my flagpole?

The answer will depend on the size of your flagpole.  The standard size flag for a residential flagpole (15 feet, 20 feet, or 25 feet) is a 3 feet x 5 feet flag. The larger the flagpole, the larger your flag will need to be. The length of the flag should be at least 1/4 the height of the flagpole.

What does anodizing mean?

Anodization is a process of actually coating the outside of the aluminum flagpole with an oxide. Typically, the aluminum pole is “bathed” in a solution containing sulfur, chromic, or boric acid. In this bath, the aluminum pole is positively charged by connecting it to the positive terminal of a dc power supply, becoming an anode in the chemical process. An inert electronic conductor, usually a plate or rod of carbon, lead, nickel or steel, is then connected to the negative terminal of a dc power supply, thus becoming the cathode. Upon closing the electric circuit, electrons are withdrawn away from the anode, the aluminum pole, and thereby allow ions on the surface on the aluminum to react with the electrolyzed bath solution to form an oxide layer on the aluminum flagpole. Aluminum cations (an ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the cathode) move away from the aluminum pole to react with the water in the bath at the oxide/electrolyte interface to form an oxide at that surface. At the same time, oxide anions (an ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the anode) move toward the aluminum flagpole to react with the aluminum at the aluminum/oxide interface. New oxide is deposited or created at both interfaces and thus the total oxide thickens. This oxide creates a barrier connected to the aluminum flagpole at the molecular level. This oxide can be altered to produce color changes on the pole; the range of available color is limited to shades of bronze to black.

What is the difference between nylon and polyester for the American flag?

Deciding what is the best American flag material depends on how you decide to fly your flag. Polyester flags , being a heavier fabric, are designed to hold up in conditions where there are high winds. They are also best if you plan on flying your flag 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Nylon flags are lighter, so they only need a light breeze to “fly”. They also do better in a wet climate because they are great at shedding water.

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.


Labor Day

September 2, 2016
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Back in May, Memorial Day marked the beginning of summer, leading to three months of barbecues, vacations, and outdoor activities. After a long and hot summer, we are now at Labor Day in the United States. Children go back to school and the summer traveling season slows down. Labor Day is the day where many take the opportunity to have one last hurrah. A final barbecue, trip to an attraction, or to take the day off.

Every first Monday in September is Labor Day in the United States. The day is to celebrate the everyday worker and their achievements. The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 in New York City by the Central Labor Union. The second Labor Day was held a year later on September 5th, which was held the previous year on the same day. Finally, as originally proposed, it was changed to the first Monday in September in 1884. It was originally held in New York City, but then other cities followed suit. Eventually, a few states began to propose Labor Day observations in their legislatures. In 1885, Oregon was the first state to officially recognize Labor Day as an official day while New York was still introducing the bill to their local legislators. By June 28, 1894, Grover Cleveland officially signed the act into law under the pressure of Congress.

Which one? There is debate on who originally proposed the idea of Labor Day. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Others say it was Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist and a secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Patterson, NJ.

In the present, Labor Day is considered a public holiday, so major government offices, post offices, and schools are closed to observe the holiday. Many businesses are also closed in observance or close early. Those who do work on the holiday are usually given holiday pay.

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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!