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Half-Staff South Dakota Flags – Waldner

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

American Flags and South Dakota Flags to fly at half-staff Sunday, October 9th in the state of South Dakota in honor of William Waldner and Jacob Waldner. Both men were firefighters who recently died in a blaze near Britton.

Half-Staff Alabama Flags – Fred Shuttlesworth

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

American Flags and Alabama Flags to fly at half-staff in the state of Alabama in honor of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

According to the office of the governor:
Rev. Shuttlesworth was instrumental in the Birmingham integration efforts in the 1950’s and 1960’s that helped spark the national civil rights movement. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Shuttlesworth’s interment.

Columbus Day Flags

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

This Monday, October 10th, is Columbus Day, and whether or not you are a fan of Christopher Columbus you may be interested to know more about one of our favorite topics: his flags! Columbus’ fleet of three ships, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, made its infamous voyages flying some very interesting flags. Columbus, as admiral of the fleet, flew the royal standard (a white flag carrying a heraldic eagle) and his two captains flew the fleet’s ensign flag. The ensign flag consisted of a green maltese cross with an “F” and “Y” on either side. The old gothic letters were adorned with golden crowns for King Fernando of Aragon and Sicily and Ysabel, queen of Castile and Leon. To top things off, from Christopher Columbus’ ship, Santa Maria, flew a pennant as long as the mast bearing royal arms, a crucifix, and the words “Tanto Monta” meaning “One Is Equal to the Other,” the motto of Fernando and Ysabel.

*Images from Flags of the World