Florida Hospice Honors Veterans in Palliative Care
As American flag retailers, we exist in a unique space where we are constantly reminded of the bravery and selflessness of those in uniform as well as the everyday acts of heroism being carried out by ordinary citizens in communities across the United States. We feel lucky to have such a strong connection to the patriotic spirit of our country. Our wonderful Customer Care Professionals are the heartbeat of our company—they get to talk to our customers every day, often hearing stories from veterans, local communities honoring veterans, and nonprofit organizations making a difference for veterans.
Tennessee Community Honors Fallen Blue Angel with Unique Memorial
Smyrna isn’t a well-known Tennessee town. It doesn’t have the storied music history of Nashville and Memphis, or the railway and transportation fame of Chattanooga. But what it does have, is a lot of heart. It also has a lot of determination and a whole lot of community pride. Those characteristics were put to the test on June 2, 2016, when the town witnessed a shocking tragedy in their own backyard. That day, the Blue Angels were rehearsing for the upcoming Great Tennessee Air Show, which was to take place in Smyrna. The atmosphere was joyous—filled with excitement and anticipation to see the Blue Angels in flight. People watched from rooftops and parking lots as the Angels performed in the clouds above.
Carrot-Top Honors the “Iron Men of Metz”
L to R – Stephen Jamison, ‘Red’ Whittington and Paul Madden, some of the original ‘Iron Men of Metz’ and now Knights of the French ‘National Order of the Legion of Honor’, meet up again at their 68th annual reunion held in Kansas City, MO, in September 2017.
Carrot-Top Announces Corporate Partnership For Challenge Walk MS
For over a decade, thousands of people have been participating in Challenge Walk MS. This unique experience offers participants the chance to embrace a personal challenge of spirit and strength, while making an important difference in the lives of people with MS. Challenge Walk MS takes place in Savannah, GA; Cambridge, MD; St. Louis, MO; San Diego, CA; Green Lake, WI; and Cape Cod, MA, and most events are 50 miles over three days. This endurance walk is dedicated to fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with a minimum fundraising level for each walk.
Carrot-Top Cemetery Flags Link Generations, Honor History
The Historic Battle Grove Cemetery in Cynthiana, KY doesn’t let being in small town keep their patriotism on a small scale. Established in 1868, the cemetery has an extensive history and is the resting place of veterans who lived and died more than a century ago. For the past 15 years, local Boy Scout and Girl Scouts troops, along with their troop leaders, have placed Carrot-Top cemetery flags on the gravesites of veterans as a part of the Veteran’s Day program. According to Cemetery Superintendent Billy Grayson, “It’s thrilling to see boys and girls of all ages place flags on the graves of those who served our country long before the children were born. Having them here is like bringing the future to visit the past”. Boy and Girl Scout Troop Leaders thought the project would encourage community involvement and awareness, educate the scouts, and inspire civic responsibility.
Flags Across the Nation: Painting Patriotism with Healing Strokes
Flags Across the Nation is a uniquely American organization that demonstrates the true colors of our nation’s heart at work and in action. Established days after the polarizing terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Flags Across the Nation promotes patriotism through the soothing and comforting power of art. Part of the organization’s vision is to make “a creative and patriotic difference in the lives of our children, our military and our veterans” and its efforts work to bring that vision to fruition. Run and operated solely by volunteers and completely funded through donations and in-kind gifts, Flags Across the Nation creates opportunities and events where children and soldiers may make patriotic expressions that offer support and bring about healing for our nation’s wounded warriors.
Rothschild Leadership Academy: Future Leaders Achieving Goals Today
The Rothschild Leadership Academy (RLA) is training tomorrow’s leaders today. Nestled in Muscogee County, Georgia which sits on the state line that Georgia shares with Alabama, RLA uses leadership as the avenue to connect students and build communities. Like so many other towns, cities and counties around our nation, The Muscogee County School District, parents and other concerned citizens are partnering to provide students both the skills and the confidence needed to survive and succeed in our ever-evolving world. This distinctly American school district is committed to building a better and brighter future for its children and our country. The Rothschild Leadership Academy is a place where academics, athletics, leadership and character are all highlighted and combined in an effort to empower middle school-aged children. One goal of the Academy is to equip students with the ability and discipline needed to attain excellence in both their professional careers and in their personal lives. The Academy’s mission statement outlines the school’s commitment to “provide educational experiences that will enable each student to become a lifelong learner, enter the work force with necessary skills and achieve academic and personal potential.”
Patriotism in Action: Operation Deployed Gives the Best for Our Best
During the first half of the 20th century after two world-wide struggles for power that vividly showed the horrifying and devastating effects of war, America has cemented itself as a global force and international power. As Americans, we often forget that our position or role as a superpower is chained to the tremendous responsibility of safeguarding democracy and protecting the liberty of many people around the world. This duty has required huge sacrifices of time, money and American lives. Often criticized and sometimes ridiculed, America and Americans have sought to lift the torch of freedom and democracy for 240 years. Our troops, along with U.N. forces and officers of various nations, have served as the world’s true peacekeepers—working, fighting and sometimes dying for the liberty of others. The United States has military personnel deployed in about 150 countries. This roughly translates to having troops, soldiers or military personnel in 75% of the world’s nations. No military in the history of the world has been more widely deployed. The United States has created the most extensive network of military bases ever. Our Air and Naval forces may be deployed anywhere on the globe in a matter of moments. This military might and power is an awesome accomplishment, yet it is managed and realized through the hard work and sacrifices of countless men, women and their families. Serving in our military is an unquestionable honor but this service also requires an untold measure of commitment to one’s duty-- to go where others refuse to go and do the things that many would not dare to do. In 2013, over 150,000 active-duty military personnel served outside the United States. While doing their duty to protect us and others around the world, our military men and women must forgo the most basic of hometown comforts such as family, cookouts and malls- the daily elements of life that provide comfort and familiarity.
The Texas Military Forces Museum Brings History to Life
Most everyone from Texas believes the state is the epicenter of the world. Recognized as a leader in finance, High School football and the arts, Texas and Texans have long lived by the slogan that “Everything’s bigger and better in Texas”. It seems that there’s at least one more area in which the Lone Star State and its residents excel: History. The State’s sports organizations and their ever devoted fans have long defined and exemplified what true loyalty, pride and accomplishment are. Storied and established champions in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans) and MLB (Texas Rangers) demonstrate the state’s position as a professional sports titan. Texas also boasts great academic institutions like the University of Texas at Austin, Rice, Baylor and SMU, and has also been a financial juggernaut with unsurpassed influence in the oil and space industries, just to name a few. As a side note, Texas is the home of entertainers ranging from Ginger Rogers to Beyoncé. These establishments clearly demonstrate Texas’ influence on our world and reflect a Texas way of living and approach to life-- to win and win big. Similarly, Texas and Texans also offer a great example of how best to honor and revere our pasts—both American History and the History of the Great State of Texas. A trip inside the Gen. Brigadier John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum quickly demonstrates how important history and our military are to those in the state. The museum is a marvel of artifacts, files, photos and other items dedicated to providing a glimpse at the history of military campaigns in Texas and engagements by Texas military men and women dating from the Stephen F. Austin colony to the formation of the National Guard. The museum employs a “hands on” approach which allows guests to experience the real moments of America’s wars and daily life of soldiers.
City Of Belmont, North Carolina: Reinventing Their Community
On April 13th, the City of Belmont will host the Second Annual Belmont Criterium, a bike race that takes place in historic downtown Belmont, NC. The Criterium is a 2/3 mile fast-paced cycling course featuring six turns and a hill climb to the finish line. Participants include amateur, professional and Olympic cyclists and the race is part of the National Criterium calendar.
Wake Forest Fire Department: Heritage, Honor And Tradition
When a volunteer fire department was first organized in Wake Forest in 1922, no one gave any thought to having a fire department flag. However, over 90 years later, that volunteer unit has become the Wake Forest Fire Department, serving the town and surrounding rural populations with four fire stations. To celebrate and commemorate their rich history, they approached us to design and produce their first ever fire department flag, to be carried by their honor guard. At Carrot-Top Industries, we take the responsibility of creating a flag very seriously and we wanted to honor the sacrifice members of the Wake Forest Fire Department make to their community with a flag they would be proud of.
Kansas Soldiers' Home
Veterans Day may be behind us, but for Carrot-Top Industries and many of our loyal customers, every day is an opportunity to give back and show support for our veterans. We’re honored to spotlight one of our amazing customers, the Kansas Soldiers’ Home, located at Fort Dodge, Kansas, who has been serving veterans for over 100 years. This incredible organization works directly with the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs to support our soldiers in mind, body and spirit.
Hillsborough Elementary School
Atmosphere is everything in a school today! With so many classes focused on testing, how is your school inspiring creativity? For the last year and a half, we have been working with one local elementary school principal to help convert their blank slate into a space where students feel welcome and parents get involved!
2013 Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride
The 25th Annual Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride took place the 7th and 8th of September and we had the honor of being a sponsor. Currently, multiple sclerosis (or MS) is thought to affect more than 2.1 million people worldwide. Fundraising generated from the ride goes to research and programs for people with MS. With over 2000 cyclists, ages twelve and up, the beautiful waterfront location featured flat landscape and miles of rural roads. This cause offered an amazing experience for even the beginner to participate. Racing began at 8 am in Union Point Park on Saturday and Sunday with a choice of 30, 50, 75 or 100 mile routes including rest stops, medics, mechanics and support. We were excited to be a part of this annual event and contribute to its success as they fight to find a cure.