2016 Invictus Games

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It’s time for the Invictus Games! Brits are gearing up to cheer for their fellow countrymen in a Paralympic-like competition against a select few countries. If you have never heard of them, don’t worry because it’s still something relatively new. It was just started in 2014 but Prince Harry originally came up with the idea in 2013 when he was out on a trip to the US to attend the Warrior Games. He saw how sport was therapeutic for many servicemen, and helped them open up to people again after seeing the horrors of war.

Prince Harry came up with the idea of the Invictus Games. The games would be for active duty and veteran Service men and women who were injured, ill, or wounded. Now, why was the word “invictus” chosen for the name of the games? It is because it means “unconquered”, and it represents the spirit of the service men and women. They are moving on through sport despite injury and illness. These games show how courageous and inspiring these men and women are.

The first Invictus Games were held in London, England, UK. The second edition (2016) of the Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida in the United States and then in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2017, and then other international cities after 2017. Much like the Olympics, the games are held in different cities across different countries. There is an Opening and Closing Ceremony and the games take place in the course of just a few days.

In the past two years since the games were created, the Invictus Games have been given more attention, especially in the media and online. Prince Harry made a video with President Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, poking fun at each other just before the games were to begin. Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was also featured in the video.

It is incredible to see the success of these games. Prince Harry is receiving lots of praise for his wonderful idea, especially since his mother, Princess Diana, had taught him to be kind and help others. He has the support of several current and former world leaders along with many in the military. Although only a handful of service people will compete, the support and encouragement  is far greater.

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Tailgating Games

The weather may be getting colder, but it’s never too cold to have a tailgate party before the big game! The U.S. Flag Store has everything you need to keep you entertained at your tailgate party with classic games including washer toss, corn hole, ladder ball, and even tailgating tables!

Washer Toss is one of the best lawn or tailgating games, fun for young people, old people, and everyone in between. The basic washer toss set includes two sets of four washers (one red set and one blue set), two washer toss boards, and instructions. Best of all, the washer toss game packs up into a handle box for easy travel. For sports fans, the U.S. Flag Store sells NFL Washer Toss and NCAA Washer Toss Set. If you’re a football fan, choose from twenty popular NFL teams; and if you’re a college sports fan, you’ll chose from eighteen of the best college teams.

The Tailgate Toss set is a great way to have fun at an outdoor party. Just like traditional beanbag toss, the object of the game is to throw as many beanbags in the hole as you can. The Tailgate Toss set comes with two sets of four bean bags (one red set and one blue set), two plastic boards that lock together for easy storage, instructions, and a durable nylon carrying bag. For the sports fans out there, the U.S. Flag Store offers the Tailgate Toss with the logos of 77 different NCAA teams and all 32 NFL teams. This game is a great way to spice up your tailgate party!

If you haven’t played Ladder Ball, you’re missing out on a lot of backyard and tailgate fun. The object of the game is to throw bolos at a ladder and get the bolos to wrap around the ladder rung. The U.S. Flag Store sells awesome Football, NCAA, and NFL Ladder Ball sets, using a goal post with rungs and a football field base instead of the traditional ladder. Ladder ball is a great game to throw in the car on your way to a party and is sure to bring lots of fun with it!