Posts by John Hartvigsen

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...

Draping a Casket with the U.S. Flag

Draping a Casket with the U.S. Flag

John M. Hartvigsen This tradition began in the United States around the U.S. Civil War.  When the nation was founded...

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...