Posts by John Hartvigsen

Flying the U.S. Flag in “Inclement” Weather

Flying the U.S. Flag in “Inclement” Weather

John M. Hartvigsen   It’s late December, winter has hit most the the U.S. and baby it’s cold out there!...

Why Do We Fly Flags at Half-staff?

Why Do We Fly Flags at Half-staff?

  John M. Hartvigsen The idea that we fly flags at half-staff to honor individuals who have died has grown...

Big Flags A Utah Tradition

Big Flags A Utah Tradition

Even before they arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Utah’s pioneers had expressed a strong preference for...

With the Flag Flying

With the Flag Flying

Fort Moore memorial in Los Angeles honoring the Flag Raising by the Mormon Battalion Brigham Young’s vanguard company of pioneers...

Flags May Have Inspired the American Union

Flags May Have Inspired the American Union

Independence Day is celebrated each year on July Fourth, and the date’s number is used to name the celebration itself,...

It is Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s Birthday

It is Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s Birthday

The roots of the U.S. Army grow deeper in American History than our nation’s independence.  The Delegates of the Continental Congress...

Fifteen Years—How Well Does Our Nation Remember?

Fifteen Years—How Well Does Our Nation Remember?

This coming 11th of September, Patriot Day, marks the 15th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. Since Patriot Day...

Meaning of the Symbols on the Utah State Flag

Meaning of the Symbols on the Utah State Flag

The design of the Utah State flag incorporates the emblems found on the Great Seal of the Utah which are...

Mark Twain and Utah’s Grand Beehive

Mark Twain and Utah’s Grand Beehive

The central emblem on Utah’s state flag is the beehive, and this is more than appropriate since the likeness of...

Our Flag Declares that We are United

Our Flag Declares that We are United

Looking at the Family of American Flags, we can see the resemblance between the United States flag and the banner...

Remembering the U.S. Flag on Its Birthday

Remembering the U.S. Flag on Its Birthday

Interviewers often ask “What is the most interesting thing about the U.S. flag that people don’t know?”  As a flag...

A Memorial for All of Utah

A Memorial for All of Utah

  The Utah Freedom Memorial, which is now under construction in front of Sandy’s City Hall, will provide Utahns with...

Three Touching Stories

Three Touching Stories

A Soldier Remembered by a Community Far From His Home Sometimes events blend together perfectly in unexpected ways.  Kathy DeRosa,...

An Order of Precedence Provides Order for Events, Ceremonies and Displays

An Order of Precedence Provides Order for Events, Ceremonies and Displays

Years ago when I was in military training at Fort Lewis in Washington state, our training battalion was completing a...

Back By Popular Demand

Back By Popular Demand

At Colonial Flag Foundation, we get a great deal of positive feedback that gives us immense satisfaction.  While we visit...

A Memorable Displaly of Flags

A Memorable Displaly of Flags

When a Healing Field® or Field of Honor® display of flags is posted, we say that for every flag there...

Thank you for spreading the Colonial Flag Foundation Story

Thank you for spreading the Colonial Flag Foundation Story

We spend a great deal of time and effort promoting Colonial Flag Foundation’s flag display programs, but we find that...

A Centerpiece of Community Activity

A Centerpiece of Community Activity

Newspaper articles and media reports describing Field of Honor® and Healing Field® flag displays usually focus on the posted flags. ...

Bennington Flag

Bennington Flag

This unusual flag is known as the Bennington Flag because it was believed to have been flown at the Battle...

How to Draw a Five-Pointed Star

How to Draw a Five-Pointed Star

Stars are common symbols shown of flags; however, it was the thirteen star U.S. flag which first used stars to...

How to Draw the United States Flag with Correct Proportions

How to Draw the United States Flag with Correct Proportions

One of the hallmarks of a well designed flag is that it can be easily drawn.  While the United States...

Is it proper to display a flag which draped a casket?

Is it proper to display a flag which draped a casket?

Although some people feel that a flag used to drape a casket should not be unfolded after it has been...

Is it proper to clean and repair the U.S. flag?

Is it proper to clean and repair the U.S. flag?

Since Colonial Flag Company makes flags and sells flags that are flown all over the world, we get questions about...

A Visit to a Healing Field Flag Display

A Visit to a Healing Field Flag Display

In 2013 Colonial Flag Foundation’s Healing Field® and Field of Honor® flag display events spread across the United States from...

Union Jack or Union Flag?

Union Jack or Union Flag?

Vexillologists, scholars and enthusiasts who study flags, get very picky as they endeavor to be strictly accurate in describing flags. ...