Posts by John Hartvigsen

The First Flags Flown Atop the World

The First Flags Flown Atop the World

The First Flags Flown Atop the World John Hartvigsen Something about historic artifacts thrills us.  Just seeing and being near...

Disposing of Worn-out Flags

Disposing of Worn-out Flags

  John Hartvigsen Of questions we are asked, one recurring subject focuses on withdrawing worn-out flags from use.  Flags are...

St. Ann’s Student Learn From Their Field of Honor® Flag Display

St. Ann’s Student Learn From Their Field of Honor® Flag Display

by John M. Hartvigsen St. Ann’s School student furthered their giving tradition, which this year stretches back from Christmas to...

A Christmas Tree that Celebrates and Honors

A Christmas Tree that Celebrates and Honors

  John M. Hartvigsen We associate flags with the Fourth of July and decorated pine trees with Christmas, however Christmas...

Pearl Harbor and the Flags of Worldwide War

Pearl Harbor and the Flags of Worldwide War

John M. Hartvigsen Originally called the Great War, World War I resulted in enormous numbers of war dead; however, its...

Flags of the Mayflower

Flags of the Mayflower

John M. Hartvigsen Flags add a dramatic touch to drawings and paintings of historic events, and sailing ships are usually...

It’s Donnie’s Day, Too

It’s Donnie’s Day, Too

STAFF PHOTO by JERREY ROBERTS courtesy of Daily Hampshire Gazette               by John M....

Poppies and the Great War

Poppies and the Great War

by John M. Hartvigsen, When Queen Elizabeth II met John Riggs at a recent visit to a veterans’ home, she...

Jeff Young, a great Field of Honor® Project Chair, Inducted into the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor.

Jeff Young, a great Field of Honor® Project Chair, Inducted into the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor.

The three wings of the National Headquarters building enclose a courtyard where the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor pays...

World Vexillology Day 2019

World Vexillology Day 2019

By John M. Hartvigsen FF (Fellow of the Federation) Flags have been around for millennia, but Vexillology has only existed...

What Gives the U.S. Constitution Its Power?

What Gives the U.S. Constitution Its Power?

U.S. Constitution Day, September 17th by John M. Hartvigsen An older person blessed with exceptional health may be described as...

Did Flag Designs Inspire the Creation of the United States?

Did Flag Designs Inspire the Creation of the United States?

by John M. Hartvigsen We celebrate the Fourth of July as Independence Day to remember 13 British American Colonies, which...

So Proudly We Hail, Flag Day 2019

So Proudly We Hail, Flag Day 2019

by John M. Hartvigsen I have seen the U.S. flag flying in foreign skies; I have seen the Star Spangled...

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Latter

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Latter

by John M. Hartvigsen Even with the hindsight of history, Operation Overlord looms gigantic almost beyond belief.  This amphibious landing...

Questions and Answers about Display of the Flag on Memorial Day

Questions and Answers about Display of the Flag on Memorial Day

by John M. Hartvigsen The practice of displaying flags at half-staff is centuries old and has been the custom in...

What U.S. Flag Flew Over the Golden Spike Ceremony?

What U.S. Flag Flew Over the Golden Spike Ceremony?

What U.S. Flag Flew? by John M. Hartvigsen The Stars & Stripes flew over Promontory Summit when the Golden Spike...

Harry Butcher, A 104th Infantry Division Timberwolf  Who Met the Red Army at the Elbe River on 26 April 1945

Harry Butcher, A 104th Infantry Division Timberwolf Who Met the Red Army at the Elbe River on 26 April 1945

by John M. Hartvigsen There was little to recommend 20-year-old Harry to become a soldier. At five foot six and...

Happy Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Happy Lá Fhéile Pádraig

by John M. Hartvigsen According to legend, St. Patrick—an immigrant to the Emerald Isle—drove the snakes from Irish shores.  Centuries...

It’s Utah State Flag Day

It’s Utah State Flag Day

A Great Flag for a Great State by John M. Hartvigsen As students from Highland Park Elementary swarmed around exhibits...

An Untold Story of the Mexican Flag:  How Do You Spell Tenochtitlan in Aztec

An Untold Story of the Mexican Flag: How Do You Spell Tenochtitlan in Aztec

by John M. Hartvigsen Mexico’s flag is a beloved banner with a history reaching back centuries, but its history is...

Honoring Washington and Lincoln on Their Birthdays

Honoring Washington and Lincoln on Their Birthdays

by John M. Hartvigsen With only 28 days, February is the shortest month of the year, and even so it...

Numbers of WWII Veterans Grows Smaller

Numbers of WWII Veterans Grows Smaller

John M. Hartvigsen Of sixteen million Americans who served in World War II, only less than half a million survive,...

A Field of Honor Comes to Flag City, Tennessee

A Field of Honor Comes to Flag City, Tennessee

by John M. Hartvigsen Colonial Flag Foundation is blessed to have amazing host communities all over the nation.  Many have...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

by John Hartvigsen It has been argued that holidays are made up events that lose their meaning and become excuses...

Flags Placed at Half-staff in Utah for Master Officer Joseph Shinners

Flags Placed at Half-staff in Utah for Master Officer Joseph Shinners

John Hartvigsen With our national headquarters located in Sandy, Utah, we were saddened by the death of a valiant area...