Category — Flag Status
A previous aricle in flag-post.com titled “Flag Sizes to Match the Day” elicited this response from a reader:
I went another direction with this concept. Not knowing anything about different [size] flags on different days, I decided to make sure I had an additional flag that was different from my daily flyer. I try to fly my 5×8 stars and stripes every day. On holidays, like the 4th of July, I fly my 5×8 Betsy Ross. Occasionally I will fly another flag below them (Gadsden). I have received many compliments about both flags and I hope it has inspired them to fly a flag in their yard.
I like his style. I have also flown different historical flags on appropriate holidays. January 1st is a good day to fly the Grand Union Flag to honor the date in 1776 that GeorgeWashington took command of the Continental Army. A 13-star flag is perfect for either Flag Day or the Fourth of July.
I like to fly a 15-star flag on the 14th of September to remember the date Francis Scott Key saw the huge Star Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry as the British retreated. He was inspired to write our National Anthem, and I am inspired each time I see my 15-star flag “so gallantly streaming.
State holidays are an appropriate time to fly state flags, and our fifty state flags have some fascinating origins. Hawaii’s flag is our only state flag that was once the flag of a Kingdom; it once flew over the realm of King Kamehameha. Texas has a state flag that flew over the Texas Republic, and also flew when the Lone Star State was a Confederate state. Although California was never actually an independent republic, its design with a motto proclaiming “California Republic,” honors a flag displayed during the Bear Republic Rebellion. Utah’s flag displays a beehive to honor the Mormon Pioneers who arrived in the Great Basin in 1847 and established colonies where settlers, like bees in hives, worked together for the benefit of all. Ohio is the only swallow tailed state flag, and New Mexico’s flag displays the sun symbol or the native Zia Indians.
Colonial Flag Company has a selection of historical flag replicas and all the state flag available that can be flown to match the flag to the holiday. These flags can add variety to display of the Stars and Stripes as we celebrate the holidays of the year.
August 7, 2013 No Comments
When the Utah Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 2 (HR2) advising flag manufacturers to manufacture Utah State flags following the correct historical description, they made allowance for flags already made and in use. To save money, these incorrect these flags would be changed as they wore out needed to be replaced. In the twenty-eight months since HCR 2 passed, most of the Utah State flag flying outdoors have been replaced with new correct flags, and the stock of the old incorrect Utah State flag which flags stores and manufacturers still have one hand appears to be running out. Nevertheless, indoor fringed Utah State flags take a long time to wear out and need replacement. At Utah’s Capitol, the Utah State flag in the formal reception room, the Gold Room, was changed when the HCR 2 passed back in 2011; however, the flag in the Governor’s formal office was in good repair and has continued in service.
Many interested in Utah’s history felt that visitors to the Governor’s formal office should see the correct flag, and Michael W. Homer—a prominent attorney and the Chair of the Utah Board of History—purchased a beautiful new Utah State flag following HCR2’s approved pattern for presentation to the Governor. On June 24, Homer and a group met with Governor Gary Herbert to replace the old flag a new one. Michael W. Homer was joined by the two Legislative Sponsors of HCR2: Former State Representative Julie Fisher and State Senator Mark Madsen. Julie Fisher, who now serves as the Executive Director or Utah State Department of Heritage and Culture, has double interest in the occasion since her department oversees state history efforts. The group also included: Brad Westwood (Director of State History), Maurine P. Smith (President of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers), Ron Fox and John Hartvigsen who together suggested the correction of the flag to then Representative Fisher.
As Utah Pioneer Day—the 24th of July—approaches, Utah’s Governor can welcome guests to his formal office where America’s bold eagle and Utah’s beehive look down from their position on the corrected Utah State flag with the year 1847 appropriately placed below the beehive but on the shield.
July 17, 2013 No Comments
Utah remembers it’s heroes
On Armed Forces Day last Saturday, Utahns gathered at the State Capitol to honor Utahns who fought and who died on the battlefields of Vietnam. This being the fiftieth anniversary year of the beginning of the Vietnam War, special recognition for Utah’s Vietnam veterans appeared both appropriate and needed. We talked about this in a previous post, Armed Forces Day at Utah’s Capitol.
Governor Gary Herbert spoke to those gathered in the Capitol’s rotunda before moving to the Gold Room, the Capitol’s formal reception room, where he signed legislation impacting Utah’s veteran community. The first measure the Governor signed recognized 2013 as the fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam War’s commencement.
After the legislation signing, the Governor joined hundreds of Utahns gathered around the Utah Vietnam Veterans Memorial located on the west lawn of the Capitol grounds where Colonial Flag Foundation had posted a formation of 364 U.S. flags to honor each Utahn killed in the Vietnam War. The display echoed the day’s motto, “One flag, one life, a million thanks.” Of course, it is not only the lives lost that we remember, but the impact each death had on family, associates and friends. The sacrifice was great and far reaching. After participants observed a moment of silence, taps sounded bringing the ceremony to a close.
Honoring veterans is something Colonial Flag does regularly and not just through the Healing Field® and Field of Honor® flag display programs. While these events scheduled all around the country each year, by themselves are significant, Colonial routinely assists families and friends of Utah’s returning service men and women by helping decorate streets with welcoming U.S. flags. These occasions are happy when military members return home at the end of deployment to the embrace of family and friends. At other somber times, the flag lined street honors Utahn who sacrificed their lives in the service of our nation. The service and sacrifice of all these Utahns honors the flag, and the flag fittingly honors them in return. Brave men and women have carried the flag into battle and the Stars & Stripes welcomes them on their return home.
Amid controversy and demonstrations, America’s veterans of the Vietnam War returned home without receiving the welcome and thanks traditionally given to the men and women who have served our nation in tie of war. The gatherings at Utah’s Capitol and Vietnam Veterans Memorial aimed to correct that lapse. Colonial Flag Company and Colonial Flag Foundation are working together to make sure that we, as a nation, do not repeat this error. Whether the service was half a century ago in Southeast Asia or yesterday in the Mideast, the men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve our welcome and thanks.
May 22, 2013 No Comments