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Are There Hidden Items on Top of Military Flagpoles?

Soldier holding an American Flag obscuring his face

The American flag holds great significance in military culture. Even more than a symbol of freedom and patriotic ideals, its mere presence is a marker of territory, a symbol of resistance, and a proclamation of victory. Alternatively, the lowering of the flag or its capture signifies mourning and defeat. And so, it’s not surprising that… continue

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The Story Behind the Official 9/11 Memorial Flag

Official 9-11 Memorial Flag

Originally commissioned by the State of New York and hand sewn by Gettysburg Flag Works for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the official New York State September 11th Memorial Flag honors those who lost their lives that day, and remains a symbol of our Nation’s resilience in the face of tragedy. Flag… continue

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History of the Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross Flag

Distinguished by its alternating red-and-white stripes and thirteen white stars arranged in a circle on a blue canton, the Betsy Ross Flag is one of the earliest recognized designs of the American flag. In use since 1777, the flag is named for Philadelphia upholsterer and flag maker Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross, but its true origins remain… continue

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The US Navy Jack Flag – Then and Now

US Navy Jack flag

The Navy Jack flag has been in the news lately, as the Navy recently announced a change in their policy directing which of the two historically significant Navy Jack flags should be flown aboard Navy ships and crafts. This has stirred up some interest in – and confusion about – the Navy Jack flag, specifically… continue

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Maine’s Original State Flag: A Comeback Story

Original Maine State flag featuring a blue north star and a green pine tree on a beige background

Maine’s current state flag is a standard blue flag with the state coat of arms in the middle. It’s a flag that can hardly be distinguished from more than a dozen other state flags with similar designs. But Maine’s state flag wasn’t always this way. More than one hundred years ago, Maine was represented by… continue