Flag Design and History

What Are the Different Diver Down Flags and Their Meaning?

When you decide to go scuba diving, there are a few things you can’t imagine going underwater without: a gas tank, scuba suit, and scuba diving or diver flags. Perhaps the latter is not the first thing that pops into your mind, but they are almost just as important as the other equipment. Without further ado, let’s dive right in and explain what diver-down flags look like and how they are used.

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Annin Flagmakers: the World’s Oldest Flag Manufacturer

Whether they are the richest flagmakers is not sure, but they are certainly the oldest! Annin Flagmakers is a flag manufacturing company that has been around since 1847. Indeed, this company has almost seen it all. From Lincoln’s inauguration to the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, Annin Flagmakers' flags have made their mark in U.S. and world history. Let’s take a closer look at the impressive Annin storyline!

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What Is Flagpole Sitting and Its History?

It’s been a long while since the flagpole sitting records were shaking the US public. What exactly is a flagpole or pole sitting? It’s a performance, typically executed by a male, in which he is sitting on the top of a high pole. The higher and the longer, the better. But, how exactly did this fad start, and why isn’t it so popular nowadays as well? We’ll try to provide the answers to these, so read on!

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The History of an Appeal to Heaven Flag, AKA Pine Tree Flag!

What is there to say about the Pine Tree flag that you haven’t heard before? Well, the Appeal to Heaven flag also went by the name the Tree Flag and was one of the first flags that the freedom fighters used during the American Revolution. The history of the Pine Tree Flag is filled with battles, revolution, religion, and a bit of divinity. Therefore, let’s start the story from the very beginning!

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A List of Actors That Served in the Military and the Highest Ranking Actor in the History

A number of movie stars enlisted during the Second World War, but there are also some that chose the calling without a specific war in mind. Who was the highest-ranking actor in military history and was a real superstar? That would be James “Jimmy” Stewart. Now, let’s take a look at the biggest names in the movie and war (industry)!

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Who Are Flag Officers and the Different Flags They Represent?

What is a flag officer and why are they called so? The most obvious answer would be that they fly the flag, and that is correct! A flag officer is a commissioned officer in the US armed forces. The officer has a rank that is senior enough to grant them the right to fly a special flag marking the location from which the commands are given and is typically regarded as highly as a general officer. There are several types of flags that are flown by the flag officer. Let’s check them out!

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Bennington Flag: Meaning, History, and Facts

One of the most easily recognized flags, the Bennington flag remains a mystery. Its purpose and revolutionary spirit are much easier to define than the flag’s historical journey. Therefore, let’s take a look at its appearance, how it came to be, and try to differentiate between the myth and the truth.

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Nautical Flag and Its Alphabet Explained

Why is it important to learn the nautical flag alphabet? Well, despite all technology, the nautical flag or maritime signal flag conveys the right message even in the most turbulent of times. To the unskilled eye, nautical flags seem very colorful and vibrant with their colors and fun shapes, but why don’t we learn a thing or two about the nautical flag alphabet and see what these nautical signal flags are all about?

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What Does the Gold Fringe on the American Flag Mean?

There are several possible interpretations of why the gold fringe is decorating the Old Glory. The gold fringe on the American flag is oftentimes seen in courtrooms and similar institutions, so does that mean it is reserved for special occasions only? Not really. Here are some explanations about what purpose the gold fringe on the American flag serves.

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The History of Pennant Flag and Its Purpose

What is the pennant or the pennon flag? You’ve probably seen dozens in your life, and it may all even have started with your very first birthday! That’s right, pennant flags can be triangular in shape, but there is more to them than being a fun decoration. Here’s a little something about the history of pennant flags, how they came to be, and what types there are.

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15 American Symbols Of Freedom

America's forefathers built the country with the dream of creating a free nation for its citizens. Unlike any other nation in the world, these unprecedented freedoms are marked by symbols held dear to its citizens. Discover 15 American symbols of freedom and the meanings behind them.

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American Flag with Green Stripe Meaning Explained

The green stripe American flag is yet another one of the first responder's flags. While the thin blue line is a more well-known flag, there is the thin green line as well, also referring to the line of the first responders sacrificing their wellbeing for the sake of others in moments of grave danger. In the “green” case, the flag honors conservation personnel, park rangers, border patrol agents, and many more.

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Top 5 Fun Facts About the American Flag

The Old Glory tells an interesting story — or in other words, fun facts about the American flag abound. It’s not really a tale as old as time, but it’s been quite a while since 1777 when the Stars and Stripes were officially approved. It was a tough task, but we’ve picked out the top five most interesting facts about the US flag that would get everybody’s attention. So, let’s get started!

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All About the American First Responder Flags

First responders put their lives on the line as they are the first to react when an emergency occurs. So, how can we say thank you for their amazing service? Flying the first responder flag is one of the ways to show our appreciation and respect for those that sacrifice their lives to save ours.

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Why Do Flag Patches Worn on Uniforms Sometimes Appear to be “Backwards”?

The US flag is a crucial element of our country and is to be treated with respect. As a matter of fact, there are many rules on how to properly fly a flag or wear it. For this reason the question arises, “Why do flag patches worn on uniforms sometimes appear to be “Backward”? The explanation is very logical, but we’ll need to explore some history, some of it ancient.

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Why Does the Presidential Inauguration Day Take Place on Jan. 20th?

It’s almost been a year since senator Bernie Sanders wore his meme-inspiring mittens at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Historically, big woolly mittens and similar comfy winterwear weren‘t the usual attire as the inauguration day used to take place in March until 1937. Why is Inauguration Day January 20th and was it a good decision to move it closer to the election day?

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Police Flag Types and Meanings

While we are used to state and country flags being colorful and vibrant, police flags are usually very different from that. The combination of colors, regardless of the flag type, normally transfers solemnity and alertness.

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When Is Lincoln's Birthday & Why Is It Celebrated?

When is Lincoln’s birthday celebrated is not an easy answer. Some states celebrate on February 11th, February 12th, and even November 25th in 2022. There are several reasons for this. The main one would be that it is not a national holiday.

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American Flags through the Years

The current version of the Stars and Stripes is not as old as one may think — the 50th star was added in 1960.

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What Is the Rarest Color Used in Flags?

While today we are surrounded by a multitude of colors and nuances, that did not used to be the case a century or more ago. Believe it or not, that’s the main reason why some colors are not that common on flags. So, what is the rarest color used in flags? The answer is — purple!

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