The proper way to dispose of an American flag

The United States Flag Code is a Federal Law, but it’s not enforced.

VIENNA, Va. – Memorial Day has come and gone and now we look to the next big patriotic day, but first many of us need to get fresh American flags. Before you do that there’s a certain way to dispose of your old, tattered flags.

According to the United States Flag Code when a flag is so damaged that it no longer can serve as a symbol of the country it should be retired in a dignified way. Instead of just throwing it away, Fairfax County has set up flag deposit boxes all over, at the Government Center as well as County Police stations. After all the flags are collected The American Legion takes all of them and has a ceremony properly retiring them on Flag Day. Legion officials say flags mean more than what meets the eye.

“That’s a soldier, that represents a soldier as far as I am concerned. That represents a hero that didn’t make it back and unfortunately can’t be with their loved ones. It is kind of like a gift to heaven that we have not forgotten them,” said Joe Payne, Legionnaire at American Legion Post 180.

Although the code is a Federal Law, it is not enforced.

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Guy Sees A Bald Eagle Caught In Traffic — And Saves Her Life

“It was just amazing to hold that bird and for her to be calm like that.”

 

Dandon Miller’s favorite piece of clothing is a red and black flannel. He’s had the shirt for eight years and wears it all the time — but he never thought it would one day come in handy when saving a life.

On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, Miller was on his way home from Philadelphia when traffic slowed in front of him. Miller pulled his motorcycle off to the side of the two-way highway and was shocked when he realized what was causing the traffic jam.

“I looked down to see why everyone was stopping and there was a bald eagle in the middle of the road,” Miller told The Dodo. “Another person was there and they kind of nudged her a little bit to see if she would walk off the road or fly away. She spread her wings open and was not going to go anywhere.”

An avid animal lover, Miller knew he had to help the injured bird get out of harm’s way.

The large animal was too hurt to fly, but her powerful talons were reason enough for Miller to take off his favorite flannel and throw it over her. To Miller’s surprise, the eagle remained sedate as he wrapped her in the shirt.

“I picked her up and she was very calm,” Miller said. “She got a little worked up when people started wanting to take pictures, but we were able to get that under control.”

Once Miller moved the eagle out of the road, he called 911 and eventually got in touch with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, a local rehabilitation center for wild birds. Miller held the 15-pound bird for about 45 minutes while waiting for rescue staffers to arrive. But the time seemed to pass quickly.

“I wasn’t really thinking about it when I was holding her,” Miller said. “I was just trying to keep her calm and make sure she knows she’s secure, and I wasn’t going to drop her or anything.”

“It was just amazing to hold that bird and for her to be calm like that,” Miller added. “Just amazing.”

After a few days of treatment, the rescue is confident that the bald eagle will eventually be able to be released into the wild.

“She had a mild injury to one eye and soft tissue injuries, but no broken bones,” Rebecca Stansell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research told The Dodo. “Her wounds were treated by our wildlife veterinarian while the eagle was under anesthesia. The unexpected can always happen, but we are optimistic that she will make a full recovery.”

As for Miller’s favorite flannel, it has certainly seen better days.

The shirt now has a few large talon holes in it, but Miller knows it was for the best cause — and he will definitely be wearing it again.

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Sports Flags

Officially licensed, 3′ x 5′  Sports Flags with attached D-rings. The imprint is 100% show through to the backside with a long lasting color-fast dye. Fly your favorite Sports Flag on a flagpole or even hang it on a wall. Our Sports Flags come poly-bagged with header and graphic displayed. Having a sports flag for your favorite, loved team is a great way to show your support. Customize your flagpole with the things you like!

Sports Flags and pennants show a fan’s true devotion to a team in a way nothing else can. Made with strong fabric and vibrant colors, these Sports Flags are as dynamic as the teams they represent. Hang Sports Flags in homes, businesses or cars to celebrate your team wherever you are with the top of the line Sports Flags for sale at Flagpoles Etc. Affordable wholesale prices combined with easy to use attached D-rings while being 100% show through, make these Sports Flags a snap to hang anywhere.

Check out our huge selection of sports flags! Don’t see what you were looking for? Contact us and we can make you a custom flag!

 

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Indoor/Parade Flagpole

A well-made indoor or parade flag pole, when paired with a high-quality flag from Flagpoles Etc., makes an awe-inspiring display! We all see and hear about outside flagpoles for those who want to show their love for their country, but what about those who want to display their patriotism inside? We offer a variety of  indoor flags and flagpoles for your office, school, business, home, etc. here at Flagpoles Etc. we’re here to make sure you have a great buying experience—from start to finish.

 

An indoor/parade flagpole set allows you to have all the majesty and splendor of a flag in spaces where a full flagpole is not possible or practical. Homes, offices, parades, tailgates, etc. are all perfect places to utilize the practicality and function of an indoor flagpole. These indoor flagpoles are convenient and can be moved around. Flagpoles Etc. has multiple sizes and indoor flag styles available so each customer can find the perfect indoor/parade flagpole. 

 

 Sometimes you want the beauty, elegance, and symbolism that only a mounted flag can provide, but simply do not have the space. In situations like this, an indoor/ parade flagpole is the perfect solution. This smaller flagpole is perfect for indoor use at homes or businesses, in parades, at tailgates, in pep rallies, and much more. Choose an indoor flagpole from Flagpoles Etc. and know you have chosen a practical, high quality flagpole that will meet your needs for years to come. All the information you need to make your purchase is on this page for convenience. If you have any questions regarding indoor flagpoles, parts, or accessories, call us at 888-735-5591 Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM.

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Flagpole Hardware

Welcome to the flagpole hardware page for external halyard flagpoles. These are the flagpoles where you raise and lower your flag by the rope on the outside of the flagpole which is then tied off to a cleat until the next raising or lowering of the flag.

Because a flag is raised and lowered on a frequent basis, it is key to get high quality, aluminum, external halyard hardware to do the job. Flagpoles Etc. is pleased to offer top notch aluminum, external halyard hardware to handle the task. Whether the aluminum, external halyard hardware is needed as a replacement or for a customer building his or her own flagpole, Flagpoles Etc. has all of your needs covered.

Flagpoles Etc offers all kinds of parts whether you’re looking for replacement flagpole parts for any part of your old flagpole or if you’re looking to make your own flagpole. We have everything you need to update your old flagpole to make it look just as good as the brand new flagpoles we sell everyday. Our flag pole accessories are top notch products. You won’t be disappointed purchasing your flagpole hardware from us.

Please note, if you do not see the flagpole parts you are looking for anywhere in our online catalog, feel free to contact us directly and we will find the flagpole parts you’re looking for. For flagpole hardware, shop no further because you have made it to the right store with the right products. Thank you for visiting!!!

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Memorial Day service honors American flag and those who died defending it

Memorial Day service honors American flag and those who died defending it

May 28th, 2019

Memorial Day

 

HAMPTON, Va. – Dozens paid tribute to the American flag and the ones who died defending it during a flag retirement ceremony at Fort Monroe on Memorial Day.

“We come to carry on the tradition that ensures those that have given everything will never be forgotten,” said Terry Brown, the National Park Service Superintendent of Fort Monroe.

During the ceremony, Boy Scouts cut a flag into pieces and then veterans put its pieces into fires. While burning the flag is often seen as a form of protest, organizers say cutting it and then putting it into fire is a very proper way to retire one. “Today no disrespect shall be shown to the American Flag and the United States of America. We are here today to pay our respects to the symbol of our country,” said James Kotrch, one of the organizers.

Related: Memorial Day Freedom Run in Yorktown honors fallen service members 

This year’s ceremony also acknowledged the start of slavery in America. This summer marks the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves coming to Old Point Comfort at Fort Monroe. The ceremony honored the important contributions of African Americans in helping protect America.

Dr. Harry Quinton, a Tuskegee Airman, addressed the crowd, telling them how his services traces back to their arrival. “The Tuskegee Airmen – being the descendants of those people – that’s where they got their start. That’s where they got their grit,” Quinton said.

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Avoid making these mistakes with the American flag on Memorial Day

Avoid making these mistakes with the American flag on Memorial Day

Do it right

 

(Gray News) – Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died serving the United States and to display the flag they represent with care.

Here are some mistakes to avoid with the American flag:

 

  • Fly the flag at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes
  • Never let the flag touch the ground
  • Don’t hang the flag upside down
  • Avoid flying the flag in the dark
  • If two flags are on one pole, put the American flag on top
  • When flying multiple flags on different poles, fly the American flag on the tallest pole, if one is taller
  • Avoid flying the flag in poor weather

When you treat the flag with respect, you also pay respect to those who gave the flag its pride.

 

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Indoor Flagpole

We all see and hear about outside flagpoles for those who want to show their love for their country, but what about those who want to display their patriotism inside? We offer a variety of  indoor flags and flagpoles for your office, school, business, church, home, etc. here at Flagpoles Etc.

 

An indoor/parade flagpole set allows you to have all the majesty and splendor of a flag in spaces where a full flagpole is not possible or practical. Homes, offices, parades, tailgates, and much more all make perfect places to utilize the practicality and function of an indoor flagpole. These indoor flagpoles is convenient and can be moved around. Flagpoles Etc. has multiple sizes and materials available so each customer can find the perfect indoor/parade flagpole.

 

Sometimes you want the beauty, elegance, and symbolism that only a mounted flag can provide, but simply do not have the space. In situations like this, an indoor/ parade flagpole is the perfect solution. This smaller flagpole is perfect for indoor use at homes or businesses, in parades, at tailgates, in pep rallies, and much more. Choose an indoor flagpole from Flagpoles Etc. and know you have chosen a practical, high quality flagpole that will meet your needs for years to come.

 

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Flagpole Solar Light

Do you happen to fly your flag at night?  Do you know that Flag Etiquette requires you to keep your flag illuminated if you fly it at night? Have you always made an “exception to the rule” due to the high cost of running power to your flagpole for lights? Are you tired of wasting your money on box store junk? FINALLY! Solar Flagpole Lighting that is bright enough and long lasting  enough to illuminate our U.S. Flags.

Enjoying the splendor and majesty of a flag does not have to be limited to daytime hours thanks to these Solar Flagpole Lighting kits providing the light to showcase our prized flags at night. Available in a variety of sizes and LUX levels, these positively reviewed Solar Flagpole Lights feature spotlights so that only the flag is illuminated, rather than the entire yard. The tempered glass lens and weatherproof seal on these Solar Flagpole Lights provide the quality and rugged durability that discerning customers demand and deserve.

The trick to choosing the right Flagpole Solar Light for your flagpole is to first find a light fixture that not only is rated for outdoor use, but that has a leak free seal. You want a leak free seal to prevent water from penetrating the glass lens, and entering the housing. Even if a five gallon pail of water is dumped on the top of the fixture, your light will be protected! Another important quality to consider is the ability to spot the total wattage of the Solar Flagpole Light output to the flag. Most lights are designed for landscaping and have a flood fixture designed to light your entire yard and not your flag 20′-40′ in the sky. Flagpoles Etc. provides a unique Solar Flagpole Light product line that addresses these issues to make sure you don’t make a mistake putting the wrong Flagpole Solar Lighting at the base of your flagpole.  We are Flagpole lighting professionals that have personal experience lighting poles at homes, banks, churches, schools, dealerships including poles up to 150′.

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Solar flagpole light

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