History Lessons

Capitol idea: A flag flown in D.C.

The Capitol displays a flag on a bright day. (wikipedia.org)

Eighty years ago, a tradition began in Washington, D.C., that continues to this day. Called the Capitol Flag Program, it’s a unique celebration of the star-spangled banner that anyone can take part in. An American flag, at your request, will be lifted above the Capitol, flown briefly and then sent to your home as a… continue

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Nebraska state flag might change

Two women admire the Nebraska flag in 1925. (nebraskahistory.org)

A century and a half ago, Nebraska became the 37th member of the Union. And then it took a long time for the state to get its own flag to wave. The Cornhusker State almost didn’t join the U.S. at all. The roadblock was Andrew Johnson, who became president after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. In 1867,… continue

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The Marine Corps Emblem: Elements and Meaning

USMC Officer Emblem

For Marines, the Eagle, Globe, & Anchor is a hallowed symbol. It’s a badge of honor. Marines wear the Eagle, Globe, & Anchor on their uniforms; it’s a central part of the Marine Corps flag; and many Marines get it tattooed on their body. Earning the Eagle, Globe, & Anchor is what makes a Marine…a… continue

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Unusual flags of the world

Paraguay's flag (wikipedia.org)

Most people can identify the national flags of the U.S., Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But hardly anyone can describe the unusual banners of the following countries: NAURU What does Nauru’s flag look like? The first response should be, “Where’s Nauru?” The answer to that gives a tiny clue to the flag’s design. An… continue