(President Joe Biden signs NFF’s proposed legislation into law [...]
From our headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, the National Flag [...]
Purple Heart Partners of National Flag Foundation Building Owners [...]
The American Flag is not just a piece of fabric. It is symbolic of the fabric of our society as a nation. It has been carried far and wide as a symbol of American pride, all the while serving as an emblem of the freedom we hold dear.
Everyone in the country is familiar with the American Flag. Yet, many don’t know how much goes behind the maintenance and observance of the flag. From terms for the flag to action taken with the flag, there is no shortage of words used especially in connection with our nation’s most recognizable symbol.
If you’ve been to a sporting event, you’ve probably seen an American Flag that spans the length of a football field getting rolled out for the singing of the National Anthem. The sheer size of the symbol of our nation’s strength stretched across a 100-yard field is something to marvel at. You might think you’re seeing the biggest American Flag in the world.
There is no greater symbol of American pride that its iconic red, white and blue flag. Since our country was founded in 1776, the U.S. flag undergone 27 changes: some of its alterations have been subtle and others were more dramatic.
“The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history.” — Woodrow Wilson
Popular history holds that Flag Day became a nationally recognized holiday in 1916. However, the story of Flag Day started much earlier and includes one of the most unlikely cast of characters to step onto the national stage.
If you’ve ever attended a military funeral, perhaps you noticed that the honor guards pay meticulous attention to folding the U.S. flag that once draped the casket. Guards make crisp, precise folds a total of 13 times to complete the ceremony. Much like every other aspect of our nation’s greatest symbol, each of the 13 folds holds a special significance.