Sunday, 8 May 2011

201 US Flags Burned and Decommissioned in Hickory, North Carolina

A total of 201 US Flags were respectfully decommissioned and then burned at the St Stephens High School in Hickory, North Carolina on Saturday 7th May.

The old, tattered and worn flags were decommissioned in a ceremony, overseen by US War Veterans.

The ceremony started at 7PM when 63 motorbikes made their way around the outside of the stadium. “Tonight we honor the flag the way it should be honored – in a dignified ceremony,” said Scoutmaster of Troop 284 Dwight Byrd.

Rodney Bobak, from the Order of the Arrow, explained the procedure:
“We decommission what used to be flags while wearing white gloves as a final show of respect,” he said. “We do not burn the American flag – the Iranians do that. We burn what used to be American flags.”

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

1-Year on Student who took down Mexican Flag has no regrets

Nick Morris made fame throughout the USA and Mexico last year, simply for removing the Mexican Flag from display at the school.

One year on, let's recap the story. The Mexican Flag was being displayed for 3 days last year at Nick's school in Houston, Texas as a part of the Cinco De Mayo celebrations.

Nick complained "the Mexican flag was bigger and flying above the American flag, and holiday or not, it was an inappropriate display for an American school." Nick decided to take matters into his own hands and took the flag down and threw it away.

On the one-year anniversary Nick commented "They didn't decorate today", a sort of justification for his stand, which got him a rap on the knuckles and a 3-day suspension.

Commenting on whether he'd do the same thing again, Nick said ""If the flag was back up there, I would definitely take it back down again. The way I handled it maybe could've been a lot different, but I would definitely do it again."

Unsurprisingly, Nick is now headed for a career in the military and serving the country he loves, the USA with pride.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011

The US Flag, are delirious celebrations wise ref death of Osama Bin Laden?

The US Flag has been at the centre of delirious celebrations in the USA this week following the death of Osama Bin Laden by US Forces in Pakistan.

The US population has come out in force, buying the US Flag and also draping it from houses/offices, many stores have sold out of the US Flag entirely. Crowds have been heard chanting "USA, USA, USA".

Whilst understandable given the 911 attacks and other terrorist attacks that Osama lead Al Qaeda to undertake is this wise? I know the US has a fairly gung-ho attitude, but surely the death of Osama would have been better handled with compassion and humility, rather than scenes of out and out fervour?

I'm sure the vast majority are delighted that the Architect of the 911 attacks has finally been brought to justice, but surely some of the recent scenes will just fuel future attacks? I can see some of the scenes being used as Al Qaeda training materials TBH.

Anyway, that's my take. If you have a view please leave a comment and let's all pray that the US Forces and Embassies around the world are protected and remain vigilent.

It's interesting once again to see, that flags are at the centre of world news!

Links about rising flag sales

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

National Flag Days - A new page on

Just to let you know, a new detailed page has been added onto

This page provides a comprehensive list of National Flag Days celebrated around the world, the new page can be found at

The Swaziland National Flag Day is on April 25, each day.

Around the world, national flag days are celebrated for a wide variety of reasons, including:

Take a look at the page and if you have any comments about it, leave a post on this page.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

May 2nd is National Flag Day in Poland

May 2nd saw Poland celebrates its national flag day. Many Polish celebrated the Flag of the Republic of Poland Day. Many private and public buildings displayed the red and white Polish Flag with pride.

Many of the most famous buildings in Poland joined in the celebrations. The Presidential Palace, the sejm and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland were all displaying the red and white colors.

Poland has used red and white as its national colors since 1831 and has celebrated its annual flag day every year since 2004. Poland is one of a number of countries who have an annual flag day, others include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Lithuania, Mexico, Ukraine, and USA. For more info, see the National Flag Day page on Wikipedia.

The Polish Flag Day is not a national holiday so unfortunately workers still have to go to work, but it's good to see a country honoring its national flag with recognition by a special day. This day is sandwiched between Labor Day (May 1) and Constitution Day (May 3).