Flag Flying Days
Why Are the U.S. Flags at Half Staff Today?
We fly our flags at half-staff in order to show respect for those who have given their lives for the country, defending our land and our freedoms. Therefore, let’s remind ourselves of the dates when we should fly the flag half-staff for the whole day, and when for until noon.
How Washington’s National Birthday Became Presidents Day
The day that was originally set aside to honor our nation’s first president George Washington has now become a federal holiday that honors Washington, Lincoln and, some might say, all of America’s historical leaders. The history of the transition from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents Day spans more than 200 years. Learn how Presidents Day came to be.
Inauguration Day: Celebrate The Pomp, Circumstance And History
For more than 200 years, Americans have celebrated the Inauguration Day ceremonies for both the President-elect and the Vice President-elect of the United States. Inauguration Day is a federal holiday that occurs every four years on January 20, or on January 21 if January 20 falls on a Sunday. The next U.S. Inauguration Day will occur on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. On that day, the U.S. will celebrate its 59th inaugural ceremonies.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: A Day Of Patriotism, Appreciation & Reflection
Each year on December 7, Americans observe National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor the 2,400 U.S. military service members and civilians who died during the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force’s attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to the casualties incurred during the Pearl Harbor attack, more than 1,000 Americans were injured that day.
What Is The Difference Between Navy Day And The Navy’s Birthday?
October is a special month for the U.S. Navy. Both the Navy’s Birthday (Oct. 13) and Navy Day (Oct. 27) are both celebrated in October and are also recognized as U.S. flag flying days. It is tradition for Americans to fly their U.S. flags at full staff on these two special days. Are you wondering why there are two Navy-themed celebrations during the same month? Read on and allow history to reveal the answers.
The History Of Veterans Day And Our Veterans
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans every November 11. The day, originally known as Armistice Day, was first observed in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to observe the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s approval, after U.S. veteran organizations requested the name change.
Patriot Day: First Responders Share Their 9/11 Memories
Patriot Day commemorates the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001, after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and those who died on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. 9/11 was the deadliest terrorist attack in world history. Most of those who died were civilians, and more than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks. An additional 6,000+ individuals were injured during the attacks. This day also recognizes the first responders who lost their lives while trying to rescue civilians trapped in the destruction. 412 first responders did not survive:
6 Things You May Not Know About The Fourth Of July
On July 4th, a federal holiday in America, many of us look forward to a day off from work to enjoy time with family and friends. While we often associate the day with barbecues, picnics, parades and fireworks, it is important to remember the historical meaning behind the Fourth of July as we celebrate. How much do you know about the history of July 4th, also known as Independence Day? Take our quiz, before reading the blog, to find out how much you know about America's Independence Day.
How VA National Cemeteries Plan To Commemorate Memorial Day Amidst COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is approaching public Memorial Day ceremonies in a different way this year. Public events, such as organizations’ placement of flags at gravesites, will not be allowed at VA cemeteries although they will be open for public visitation. Some cemeteries may use staff members to place flags at the graves to ensure public safety and proper social distancing. While the VA is providing direction to their cemeteries, smaller and privately-owned cemeteries can abide by their own rules unless they are subject to local restrictions. Some cemeteries may cancel their ceremonies this year. See our earlier Memorial Day blog for other ways you can safely honor veterans this Memorial Day. Below is the VA’s complete News Release from May 13, 2020:
National POW/MIA Recognition Day & The POW/MIA Flag
Since 1979, the National POW/MIA Recognition Day has been observed every year on the third Friday of September. As a nation, we take time on this day to honor the brave men and women who were taken captive as prisoners of war (POW) and those who were or still are missing in action (MIA). In the 1970s, more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs were unaccounted for and their families pushed the U.S. government for accountability. They didn’t want their loved ones to be forgotten.
Fly Your American Flag Correctly
Carrot-Top Industries enjoys providing guidance to others as they learn how to properly display their American flag. We have worked with government, military, educational, and business institutions for over three decades to ensure their flag displays are following proper flag etiquette, and the U.S. flag is getting the respect it deserves. As a reminder to everyone on how and when to fly your flag correctly, we have included a Flag Flying Guide below which you can download to use as a reference year-round. Save it, print it out, or share it on social media so we can all be certain our flag is presented in the best way possible.