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Every Marine Carries the Flag

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History of the Marine Corps Flag Since the Revolutionary War, United States Marines have become very good at two things: making Marines, and winning wars. The Marine Corps has built its reputation for victory on the battlefield over nearly two and a half centuries, and in enough places around the globe to give truth to… continue

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Eulogy for a man who loved flags

Whitney Smith (wikipedia.org)

Anyone fascinated with flags – the American flag, foreign flags, flag laws and even a flag-related word he invented – should be interested in the life of Whitney Smith, who spent his 76 years adoring, studying, collecting and creating banners. When Smith died last November, The New York Times saluted him as a man “whose… continue

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Two I’s saw statehood coming

Paul Hadley looks on as an artist applies gold leaf to the state flag. (Mooresville Public Library)

Merry Christmas, joyous New Year – and happy anniversary to two states celebrating their entries into the Union. In this case, the “I’s” have it: Indiana and Iowa. Eventually, but not immediately, both created state flags. INDIANA Two hundred years ago, the United States welcomed Indiana into the fold as it became the 19th state…. continue

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2019 American Flag Half-Staff Calendar

2019 Half Staff Calendar from Gettysburg Flag Works

You probably already know that when you see an American flag flying at half-staff, it is to indicate that the country or your state is in mourning. What you might not know is that there are very specific rules and guidelines as to when the American flag should be flown at half-staff and when it… continue

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Flags…before and after Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor under attack. (Library of Congress)

Seventy-five years ago, on December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan’s air force attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, triggering the entry of the United States into World War II. The early morning attack occurred on a Sunday, as most Americans, unaware of what was happening several time zones away, opened their morning newspapers, where they read articles… continue