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Planting the U.S. Flag on the Moon

Planting the U.S. Flag on the Moon

We humans attach great meaning to planting our flags in documenting our travels.  In centuries past explorers raised their flags...

Bigger Flags and Patriotism

Bigger Flags and Patriotism

As we get closer and closer to the Olympics and coverage of the US athletes dominates more and more of...

Better Than the Bears

Better Than the Bears

While in high school we students can get very defensive of our mascots. Mascots are often a group of people...

Continuing a Big Tradition

Continuing a Big Tradition

Big flags have been made in Utah since Pioneer days.  Soon after their arrival in the Great Basin, the Mormon...

July 2—America’s Real Birthday?

July 2—America’s Real Birthday?

Each year we celebrate July Fourth, Independence Day, as the birthday of the United States of America.  Yet surprisingly John...

Lessons Learned From Movies

Lessons Learned From Movies

Just like most families, my family has a long list of Christmas traditions that are fulfilled on very specific days...

British Flags to Remember British Soldiers

British Flags to Remember British Soldiers

A visit to Boston offers many treasured experiences.  Recently we visited the North Bridge near Concord, site of the first...

Game Day

Game Day

When I was growing up, my family always had season tickets to BYU football games. Autumn Saturdays were often spent...

Jackson Hole, WY

Jackson Hole, WY

They say that all businesses fail within the first year. And by “they” I mean all the people who want...

Plans For the 4th

Plans For the 4th

Every year for the 4th of July my whole family gathers in Mt. Pleasant, UT. Those guys know how to...

A Higher Standard

A Higher Standard

I was recently asked to be one of the leaders of a Cub Scout troop. This took me by surprise...

Kids These Days

Kids These Days

While at a family dinner the other night, after the children had excused themselves for this reason or that, my...

Six Flags over Wyoming

Six Flags over Wyoming

Americans celebrated Flag Day this year in many ways.  In Cody, Wyoming a proud community celebrated by hosting a Field...

It All Happens At The Flagpole

It All Happens At The Flagpole

“I’ll meet you at the flag pole.” These were the infamous words associated with every fight at my elementary school;...

School Spirit

School Spirit

The Beach Boys said to “be true to your school”, but if there was one thing I lacked during any...

Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

Of all the flags or symbols I can think of, one stands alone as the most recognizable and the most...

The Perfect Summer

The Perfect Summer

Summer has begun, and with the warmer weather comes outdoor opportunities and recreation. I look forward to summer because of...

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

This Monday I woke to find that the Boy Scouts had already put up the big flags on our street,...

Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day Gift

My dad was a military man – a patriot through and through. He posted the flag every day though he...

Don’t Tread on Me

Don’t Tread on Me

Nobody knows for sure, but it has been believed that the First Navy Jack, then a custom flag, was flown...

I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance

My years at college were wonderful, full of all the socializing and learning that are expected from years of unsupervised...

A Better Mascot

A Better Mascot

I entered the 1st grade knowing perfectly well that when compared to the two other elementary schools in our district,...

Fly It Right

Fly It Right

When flying our flag at home, my dad took special care to keep what I thought was a fairly ridged...

Flag at Half-Staff

Flag at Half-Staff

Personal tragedy might create an opportunity for you to fly your flag at half-staff, but you might not know about...

Decommission Your Flag

Decommission Your Flag

As the symbol for the United States, the flag should be treated respectfully, even though it may be faded, damaged...