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Flag World Records – Largest Human Flags

  

The largest human flag world record has been a hotly contested title in recent years. If you simply take a look at the recent record holders, the title has not stayed in one place for much time. In the past two years, three different nations have broken and held the largest human flag world record. Let’s take a look at some of the current and former record holders.

India

The current world record holder for largest human flag is the country of India. On December 7, 2014 over 43,000 Indian residents set out to break the record previously held by Pakistan. Not only did the 43,000 people break the previous world record, it smashed it. The previous largest human flag was formed by 28,000 people in Pakistan – which held the record for only 10 months.

For India, this is the first record of its kind and a historic national achievement. Many of the 43,000 flag holders were of the younger generation, which is thought to be a symbol of the new India and generations to come.

Pakistan

In 2012, Pakistan set the record for largest human flag with 24,000 people during the Punjab Youth Festival. That record was then broken by 27,000 students and army men in Bangladesh. Not to be denied, Pakistan then set out to reclaim the record they had previously held. So on February 16, 2014 a gathering of 29,000 students broke the record for largest human flag.

Image of one of the largest human flags in Pakistan.

Bangladesh

On December 16, 2013 Bangladesh broke the Guinness World Record for largest human flag with a participant group of over 27,000 people. The 27,000 people consisted mostly of students and military members. The flag holders stood with the flags for 6 minutes, although the requirement for setting a world record was only 5 minutes.

Image of one of the largest human flags in Bangladesh.

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The Most Unique City Flags

00    We have already touched on the most unique world flags and the most unique state flags – but what about the most unique city flags? The most unique flags designs usually combine meaning, creativity and familiarity. You will see this used as a common theme on our most unique city flags list. Let’s take a look. Denver, Colorado The Denver city flag is one of the most fitting city flags on the best city flags list. The prevalent snow capped mountains symbolize the Rocky Mountains that the state is known for. The yellow sun-like figure symbolizes gold in the mountains and Denver’s central location inside the state of Colorado. St. Louis, Missouri The St. Louis city flag takes a similar geographical centered approach to its flag design. The blue and white lines symbolize the intersection of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers at the center of the city. The meeting point of the rivers is represented by a fleur-de-lis – which symbolizes the French heritage of the city. Indianapolis, Indiana The Indianapolis city flag properly depicts the style and work ethic of the city it represents.  The flag’s design is a rough sketch of downtown Indianapolis’ streets and districts. … Keep Reading...

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Who will win the 2015 Super Bowl?

+10    Correctly pick the winner of the game in the comments section below for a chance to win a free NFL Flag! The New England Patriots face off with the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 Super Bowl.  The biggest day in American sports is nearly upon us – Super Bowl Sunday. It is estimated that over 100 million people watch the Super Bowl each year. This not only makes the Super Bowl the most watched sporting event in the United States, it makes it the most watched event, period. The 2015 Super Bowl has the potential to become an instant classic. Both the Patriots and the Seahawks come in with an identical 14-4 record, both were best in the NFL this season. The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl Champions looking to become the first back to back champions since their opponent, the New England Patriots, accomplished it in the mid-2000s. Both teams’ road through the NFL Playoffs was different, but it has led them to the same place. This year’s Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 6:30pm ET on NBC TV. The game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in … Keep Reading...

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Flag World Records – Flags Flown Simultaneously

00    Monday, January 26, 2015 will be known internationally as Australia Day. Similar to the Fourth of July, Australia Day is the official national holiday of Australia – it is celebrated annually on January 26. The holiday marks the arrival of a fleet of British ships in 1788 and the founding of a nation. Fast forward a few hundred years, Australia Day is a day of remembrance and celebration. Modern day Australians celebrate with family gatherings, parades, and ceremonies. Among the celebrations, an award is given to the Australian of the Year. But that might not be the only award handed out this year. During the City of Perth Skyworks celebration, spectators are invited to take part in the largest simultaneous national flag waving challenge in the world. An estimated 60,000 flags will be on hand for spectators at the event to wave during the challenge. A local radio station will be at the event to countdown clock before the “big wave”. The 60,000 flag wavers are to be stationed along the river around 7:30pm. The current world record for most flags flown simultaneously is 56,000 people. The 60,000 flags set to be handed out at the Australia Day … Keep Reading...

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The Newest State Flags

00    There are 50 states in the United States of America, and each of them adopted flags at different times. We recently covered the oldest state flags, so now you might be wondering what the newest state flags are. Keep in mind that this list is not necessarily about which states most recently adopted a state flag. This list is about the newest state flag designs, which can include original or updated versions. Utah – 2011 The flag of Utah is the newest state flag design, replacing the previous flag that had been in use since 1913. The new flag was adopted to fix a mistake found on the previous Utah state flag. The previous flag made the mistake of placing the year 1847 (the year Utah was founded) outside of the state shield. This mistake was finally noticed and corrected after 89 years of improper representation. Louisiana – 2010 The state of Louisiana has adopted numerous flags as the official state flag since the 1960s. The newest design, adopted in 2010, displays a pelican feeding her young with her own blood. The previous flag used the same concept, but the new flag revamps the design of the pelicans … Keep Reading...

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Displaying Flags on Vehicles

00    Displaying flags on vehicles can be viewed similarly to flags appearing on uniform arm patches. Some people wonder why the U.S. flag is worn backwards on uniforms. The important takeaway here is to remember that the star field must always face forward, or to the flag’s own right. This rule also applies to flying a flag on a vehicle. It’s also important to remember that a flag displayed at the front of the vehicle is viewed as the flag with the highest honor. Therefore, when displaying flags on vehicles in the United States, it is imperative to display the American flag at the front. Use the image below as a guide. Notice how the blue star field is always pointed towards the front of the vehicle regardless of which side of the vehicle it appears on. This also gives the flag a “blowing in the wind” effect. If the flag were flown the other way, the flag might appear to be retreating or moving backwards. The American flag should not be draped over the vehicle’s top, sides, hood or back. It is also not recommended to display flags on vehicles at night unless the flag is properly illuminated. … Keep Reading...

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The Oldest State Flags

00    There are 50 states in the United States of America, and each of them adopted flags at different times. In this post, we are going to cover the oldest state flags in the United States. Keep in mind that this list is not about which states adopted a state flag first. For example, Wisconsin became an official state in 1848 and designed a state flag in 1863. However, Wisconsin has made numerous changes (most recently in 1979) to its state flag since becoming an official state. This list is about the oldest state flags that still display their original design. Texas – 1839 The Texas state flag is not only the oldest state flag to keep its original design; it is also one of the most famous state flags. The lone star state flag gets plenty of recognition, and that is partially due to its age. Hawaii – 1845 The Hawaii state flag is the only state flag to feature the Union Jack of the United Kingdom. This is because there was a period in Hawaiian history in which it was associated with Great Britain. The eight stripes on the flag represent the eight islands of Hawaii. Although … Keep Reading...

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The Oldest National Flags

00    Below is a list of the oldest national flags sorted by the adoption date of their current flag design. It is important to note that not all flag adoption dates are exact because many of the oldest national flags have been revised since their creation. Denmark – 1300’s The oldest national flag in the world title goes to the flag of Denmark.  The founding of the flag comes from a historical legend, a legend that cites a flag falling from the sky – Dannebrog. Netherlands – 1572 The current flag of Netherlands was not the first flag that the country called their own. They have had numerous flags including; the Cross of Burgundy, the Prince’s Flag, the Statenvlag, and the Batavian Republic flag. However, they were one of the first nations to adopt a national flag. United Kingdom – 1606 The United Kingdom flag, also known as the Union Jack, is a recognizable flag because of its country’s historical presence. There have been numerous revisions of the flag, however, the concept and symbolism has remained a constant. United States – 1777 The United States flag is one of the most famous flags in the world because it symbolizes freedom and … Keep Reading...

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City Flags – Minneapolis

00    The Minneapolis city flag was designed and adopted as the official city flag in 1955. The flag designer, Louise Sundin, received a $250 United States Savings Bond for winning the flag design contest. The flag properly symbolizes the characteristics of the city that it represents. The Minneapolis city flag consists of a royal blue pennant on a white background. Inside the blue pennant is a circle divided into four quadrants, with symbols in each quadrant. The building symbolizes arts and education, the cogged wheel stands for industry, the pilot wheel shows how the city thrives on the bodies of water around the city, and the microscope stands for research and progress. About the city of Minneapolis Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and one half of the Twin Cities. The other half of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, is the capital city of the state. The Twin Cities have approximately 3.8 million residents, which makes it the 14th largest metro area in the United States. Minneapolis was given its name because of its location near numerous bodies of water. The name combines two Greek words that translate to “City of Lakes”. Minneapolis has become … Keep Reading...

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Half-Staff Days in Foreign Countries

00    It is known internationally that half-staff, or half-mast, is a symbol of respect, mourning or distress. The half-staff days in the United States can be on scheduled dates or during impromptu national events. But what about half-staff flag days in other countries throughout the world? When do other countries lower their flag to half-staff? Why do they do it? Most countries, including the United States, lower their flags during the death of a government official, historical event, national holiday, or national tragedy. Here are some other dates in which foreign countries lower their flags to half-staff. Australia April 25 – Anzac Day National Remembrance Day in Australia. November 11 – Remembrance Day A memorial day to remember World War I military members – observed in Commonwealth countries. On the death of a distinguished Australian citizen. Recent examples are: Crocodile Hunter Steve Erwin, and actor Heath Ledger. Canada April 9 – Vimy Ridge Day. A day to remember the Canadian Corps during World War I. April 28 – A day of mourning for people injured or killed in the workplace. June 23 – National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and … Keep Reading...

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