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Fort Mill, SC Welcomes Home DDay Veterans

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

A neat story out of Fort Mill, SC where the local fire departments hung a 30×50′ American Flag above I-77 to welcome home a bus of DDAy? Veterans who were returning from last week’s 70th Anniversary events in France.



National Flag Week 2014

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

It’s #NationalFlagWeek leading up to #FlagDay2014 this Saturday, June 14th. Are you ready? We are! Make sure you have Old Glory flying high this week and especially on Saturday.

American Flags Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicides

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A very interesting article by Jada Smith from the NY Times highlights the work being done by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America as they try and raise awareness of issues regarding Veteran Suicides. They recently lined nearly 2,000 American Flags on the National Mall to raise awareness of their cause. The 2,000 flag represented the amount of Veteran Suicides thus far in 2014 alone (approximately 22 per day).


Using Flags to Focus on Veteran Suicides
From NY Times:
WASHINGTON — Volunteers in dark green hooded sweatshirts spread out across the National Mall on Thursday, planting 1,892 small American flags in the grass between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Each flag represented a veteran who had committed suicide since Jan. 1, a figure that amounts to 22 deaths each day.

Civilians stood among the waving flags in solidarity with veterans like Michael Blazer, a former sergeant in the Army who had a friend commit suicide when he got back from Afghanistan.

“He shot himself in the same room as me and a friend of mine,” Mr. Blazer said. “I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD because of that, so a lot of these issues are what I’ve personally been dealing with. But above and beyond, I’m out here in memory of him.”

The event was part of an awareness campaign mounted by members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, an advocacy group focused on issues affecting the nation’s newest veterans. They are in Washington this week as part of their leadership development program, Storm the Hill, and to support the introduction of legislation aimed at preventing suicides and providing more mental health resources for service members home from combat.

Event organizers said that the issues were a top priority for veterans and their families, and that they wanted to make them a priority for Congress, too.

Senator John Walsh, Democrat of Montana and the first Iraq war veteran to serve in the Senate, introduced the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act on Thursday. For Mr. Walsh, the issue is personal: A sergeant who served under him when he commanded an infantry battalion in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 committed suicide after returning home.

“We’ve waited too long to take on this action,” he said. Then, mentioning the 22 veterans who take their lives every day, he added, “That’s an epidemic that we cannot allow to continue.”

When service members leave the military, they can get five years of no-questions-asked care from Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and facilities. One of the bill’s main goals is to extend that window to 15 years.

“For instance, in Vietnam, a lot of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder didn’t show up anywhere until between seven and 12 years later,” said Kate O’Gorman, the political director at the veterans’ advocacy group. “We really want to make sure that care is available when someone is ready to seek it.”

The bill also calls for the military to set up a review process for troops who are discharged for behavior that could have been caused by mental health issues. Measures to help the Veterans Affairs agency recruit more psychiatrists are also included.

“It establishes student loan repayment for psychiatrists,” Ms. O’Gorman said. “When the private sector and even the Department of Defense are able to offer good student loan repayment programs and the V.A. is not, that can make it difficult for them to recruit.”

The striking display of red, white and blue caught the eye of almost everyone leaving a Metro station on the Mall on Thursday. One man wearing a hat with “Vietnam Veteran” stitched on the front took pictures. Others stopped to ask what was going on.

Roger Engetschwiler and his daughter, Katja, were visiting from Switzerland. They were headed to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and then the Lincoln Memorial when they paused to find out about the flags.

“We knew the subject when they told us that there’s a lot of suicide going on with veterans,” he said. “But I didn’t know the numbers were that high. That’s really scary.”

Know Your Proper Flag Etiquette

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Knowing and practicing proper American Flag etiquette can save you and your company/agency a lot of grief down the line. Most examples of poor flag etiquette are accidents but they can still lead to PR nightmares for companies.

Brush up on all things flags anytime by visiting our Flag Facts page that we update constantly.

See how this SC government department is paying the price for a flag mishap.


Flags Purchased by the Military Must be Made in The USA

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Make sure to always check that the American Flags you purchase are Made In The USA like the ones we offer here at All Star Flags.

A great piece of legislation written by Congressman Mike Thompson was just passed that requires American Flags purchased by the Dept. of Defense to be Made in America.


Flag Use and Care Instructions

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

All Star Flags shares an instructional video on ways to properly care for your American Flags that was produced by Annin Flagmakers.

American Flag Use and Care Video

American Flag Use and Care Instructions

Ice Flag

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Keeping your flag out of inclement weather will certainly add life to the flag. Take a look at this large American Flag that was exposed to sleet and freezing rain. The ice/moisture froze onto the flag fabric and made the flag brittle which caused it to rip and tatter in a matter of 4-6 hours. This was from the ice storm this week here in Wilmington, NC.

The History Behind Nautical Flags

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Visit our Flag Facts page to see our newest article about The History Behind Nautical Flags.

Nautical flags were originally used for communications among comrades during military entanglements. What started as a limited communication system evolved over centuries into a comprehensive, internationally-recognized signaling system functional for military and non-military purposes. Recreational vessels also use nautical flags as well as code signal flags to identify themselves and to communicate with other ships.

History Behind Nautical Flags

Previous Designs for the American Flag – All Star Flags

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Previous Designs for the American Flag

Visit our Flag Facts page to see our newest article about some of the Previous Designs of the American Flag.


10 Best State Flag Designs – by USA Today

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The people at (A division of USA Today), recently posted one of their surveys on the best State Flag Designs. Those that read the article and voted in the survey selected New Mexico as the best designed state flag. New Mexico was followed in the voting by: Colorado, Texas, California, New Hampshire, Arizona, Ohio, Alaska, Michigan and Kansas. Did your state make the list? The designs of many state flags are deep in traditions. Some flags feature state seals and motto’s while others feature symbols or particular color combinations. Ohio boast the only state flag that is not rectangular in shape and this could be what landed them on the 10 Best list. The Texas flag has long been a favorite of many people. All Star Flags was surprised to see Kansas, Michigan and New Hampshire on the list as these designs are some of the more typical for state flags. We were surprised that Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and South Carolina weren’t on the list. These flags are usually viewed as extremely popular designs.

To learn more about the origin of each state flag, read our article:

New Mexico