History Lessons

Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Service Flag

Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day. Much like Memorial Day, Gold Star Mother’s day is a day of remembrance but in this case, specifically for mothers who have lost a child serving in the United States Armed Forces. On this day we not only acknowledge the… continue

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The Marine Corps Guidon Flag

Military Guidon

Marines carry many flags. Obviously, we carry the Stars and Stripes. And, of course, we carry the Marine Corps Flag. There’s one flag that likely stands out in the minds of every Marine who has come through one of the Marine Corps Recruit Depots: The guidon flag. According to the official USMC Flag Manual, “the… continue

History Lessons

Small places with great flags

San Marino's flag with coat of arms.

Mighty countries have famous flags, but some of the smallest places in the world have interesting flags with unusual features. Gibraltar, San Marino and Malta are examples. GIBRALTAR Gibraltar is known for its famous rock and its position as a guardian to the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. Owned by Great Britain, the city has… continue

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Three people who loved the American flag

Poster for Yankee Doodle Dandy

An Academy Award-winning actor, an obscure seamstress and a dental professor shared something in common: a deep love of the American flag. The actor was James Cagney, who won an Oscar for “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the film biography of George M. Cohan, the composer known for his patriotic songs and flag-waving Broadway plays. As a… continue