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The World’s Most Famous Flags

  

United States

Image of a United States flag.

The US flag is arguably the most famous flag in the world because of America’s superpower status (Hollywood also helps). People across the world associate the stars and stripes with freedom and democracy.

United Kingdom

Image of the flag of the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom flag is famously named the ‘Union Flag’ which represents the unity of the four countries in the UK. It is one of the most famous flags in the world because of its unique design. The United Kingdom itself is famous for its culture, weather and status among the world’s superpowers.

Japan

Image of the flag of Japan.

The Japanese flag is a famous flag for a variety of reasons, mainly because of its unique and simplistic design. Another factor is that the Japanese flag has never been changed since its debut in 1870, making it a consistent symbol throughout history. The majority of the flag’s fame comes from Japan’s involvement in World War II.

Canada

Image of the Canadian flag.

The Canadian flag is recognizable mainly because of two things, its maple leaf design and hockey. Its design is appropriate because it incorporates the national symbol (maple leaf) and the country’s official colors. Many people in North America recognize it because of its close proximity and large body of land, but others across the world will associate the flag with hockey, or the winter Olympics.

China

Image of the Chinese flag.

The Chinese flag is one of the most famous flags because of its modern day superpower status. In the past few decades, China has grown rapidly in a number of areas – especially its economy and population size. China is the second largest country by land area, and the most populated country in the world.

Other famous flags include: Sweden, Germany, France, and Brazil.

Flag Fun

What is a Diver Down Flag?

00    Most people have probably never heard of it, let alone know what it looks like. A diver down flag (or skin diver flag), is a flag that is used on the water to indicate that there is a diver below. The diver down flag is a bright red flag with a diagonal white stripe. The colors serve as an alert signal to anyone in the surrounding area, telling them to stay away from the immediate area around the diver down flag. Nearby boats are supposed to stay anywhere from 50 and 300 feet away from the diver down flag. If the divers are not diving from a boat, the diver down flag needs to be displayed on a flotation device that is anchored within a few hundred feet of the divers. The diver down flag is used in conjunction with an alpha flag when diving from a boat. The alpha flag is a white and blue flag with a triangular notch on the free end. This flag should be flown by a boat whenever the mobility of the boat is hindered. Many times, divers will display this flag when they leave the boat because it signals to nearby … Keep Reading...

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Replacing Your Golf Flags

00    Unfortunately, the golf season is winding down as we approach the cold winter months. It’s almost time to pack up everything and hibernate until springtime. In doing so, you will want to clean your clubs, blow out your irrigation system, cover greens and tee boxes, and bring your flags/flagpoles inside. Preparing for winter is a critical process in order to prevent major maintenance in the spring. In doing so, you will want to inspect your golf flags. As with any material, golf flags can deteriorate and lose their color over time. The hot sun, strong gusts of wind, and intense rain showers can take a toll on your golf flags. Sometimes, you will conclude that replacing them is your best bet. Some of you may operate a golf course, while others may practice in their backyard. For that reason, CVS Flags has both plain and numbered golf flags. These flags are crafted with heavy duty nylon so they are built to last. We added multiple rows of lock stitching for longer life, strength, durability, and less fraying. They are also treated to reduce fading from sunlight. Although they are strong, they are also light, and are able to … Keep Reading...

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Selecting a Flag Pole

+1040    So you just purchased a brand new flag, now where do you hang it? How do you hang it? All questions that you might not think about when purchasing a flag. The good news is there are numerous ways to hang a flag, but you need the proper equipment.  This is where a flag pole comes in handy. When choosing a flag pole, you should be aware of the height of the building closest to the flag. Typically, you can use these building height estimates as a guideline: 18-25 feet for a single story building, 25-30 feet for two stories, and 30-40 feet for three stories. Be mindful of the climate in which you live, and select the appropriate flag pole based on possible weather conditions. Your flag pole will be outside 24/7, so make sure to factor in durability. Once you purchase your flag pole, the first step is deciding on where to place the flag pole. The ideal placement is a grassy area in a prominent place close to the front door of the building. Installing the flag pole is another story because you will probably need assistance from at least one other person. CVS Flags … Keep Reading...

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Show Your School Spirit with NCAA Flags

00    It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a college student, or a fan of college athletics. School is in session, the NCAA football season has been underway for a month, and we are nearing the beginning of both the hockey and basketball seasons. It’s a busy time on college campuses these days. With so much going on, you should feel an urge to show your school pride one way or another. CVS Flags believes that officially licensed NCAA flags are the perfect way to show your school pride all season, and all semester long. Whether you are in school, graduated, or never went to college, you probably have a favorite school to root for. We have a wide variety of NCAA flags from the top athletic schools in the country. From Alabama, to Duke, all the way to UCLA – we’ve got you covered with officially licensed NCAA flags. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you can still show your school spirit with NCAA flags. Many of the top athletic schools are also top academic schools. School spirit extends beyond the playing field and into the classroom. You might think that flags are only used during … Keep Reading...

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The Worlds Largest Flags

00    According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the worlds largest flag flown from a flag pole was a Mexican National Flag in the city of Piedras Negras. The flag measured an eye popping 112 x 196 feet and was hung from a 328 foot flag pole. The flag was flown on December 2, 2011. (image below) The worlds largest flag ever displayed in the United States was a 255 x 505 foot giant US Flag hung on the Hoover Dam. This 3000 lb flag (image below) was flown temporarily during the 1996 Olympic torch relay. That “Superflag” was later surpassed by Israel when they decided to lay a mammoth 2165 x 330 foot flag across the desert sand. Recently, the worlds largest flag pole ever (image below) was built in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. That flag pole measured in at 400 feet tall. It is deemed as the “Tallest Symbol of Freedom” in the world. Everyone in the world is constantly striving to be the biggest or the best at something. With that said, the market for extremely large flags is consistently growing. The area where we see the most growth is during sporting events. Most countries sing their … Keep Reading...

Flag Fun

Flying Flags in the Winter

+1-1    With the colder months of winter approaching, you might be wondering what to do with your outdoor flags. Obviously, the wear and tear of harsh winter winds and blistering cold temperatures are not an ally to your outdoor flags. Should you leave them be, bring them inside, or retire them and buy new ones for Spring? The short answer is that you can fly flags during the winter, but you need a specific flag and a rigorous maintenance schedule. Winter can be hard on humans, vehicles, homes, animals, and your outdoor flags. Wind, snow, sleet, and freezing rain barrage the great outdoors for months, and this can do a number on your outdoor flags. But don’t let the harsh conditions deter you from displaying your pride all year long. Here are some things to know before you let your flag fly this winter season: Selecting the right flag is the most important factor. You should be flying a Double Ply Polyester flag during the winter because it is the most durable material for extreme weather conditions. Fly smaller flags because they have less fabric area for the snow and wind to attack. If you fly a standard 5 … Keep Reading...

Flag Etiquette

When to Fly Your Flags Half-Staff

00    Have you noticed flags flying at half-staff and wonder how to know when to do so? You won’t be the first or the last person to wonder. Congress actually passed a Flag Code resolution that became public law in 1976 – the law also serves as a guide on flag etiquette. There are specific dates of the year in which the American flag should automatically be flown at half-staff. These dates are important and often identify a significant event in American history. Half-staff flag days in the United States are as follows: Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15) Sunrise to sunset Memorial Day (Last Monday in May) Sunrise until NOON Patriot Day (September 11) Sunrise to sunset National Firefighters Memorial Day (Rotating date in October, typically a Sunday) Sunrise to sunset Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7) Sunrise to sunset Other days in which the American flag should be flown at half-staff are current event dependent. Many consider it as a date, or period of time in which the entire nation is mourning. For example, half-staff flag orders can be sent from the president to the nation in the event of the death of local or foreign officials. … Keep Reading...

Flag News

Choosing the Proper Flag Material

+10    There are many factors that weigh on your mind before purchasing a flag, but flag material is not usually one of them. Believe it or not, flag material is just as important as what is displayed on the flag. You shouldn’t go outdoors in the summer with a heavy jacket, and you shouldn’t wear shorts during the winter, so you shouldn’t purchase the wrong flag for the wrong purpose. CVS Flags offers a wide variety of flag materials for various purposes. We offer expertly crafted nylon, polyester and cotton flags. As with anything, there are pros and cons to each flag material. Before you make your purchase decision, ask yourself, “Where will I be displaying this flag?” Nylon Flag Pros: Nylon is the most popular flag material, and it is also the most versatile. Nylon flags are usually shiny, thin, and provide bright colors for an attractive appearance. Our nylon flags are also specially treated to resist sun and they are fast drying. Because nylon is a lightweight material, these flags are able to fly in the slightest of a breeze. The nylon flag is very suitable for outdoor and indoor display. Nylon is a generally more budget friendly … Keep Reading...

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History of the American Flag: 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Star Spangled Banner

+160    This month marks the 200th anniversary of the events that lead to calling the American flag the Star Spangled Banner and the national anthem that’s associated with it. 9 Facts About the Star Spangled Banner’s Origin Mary Pickersgill, along with her daughter, two nieces, and an indentured servant, made the Star Spangled Banner in 1813 as part of a two flag commission. The original Star Spangled Banner was 30 by 42 feet. The flag lost eight feet of length by the time it had arrived at the Smithsonian in 1907. The loss was attributed to use, age, and the small fragments people clipped off as keepsakes. At the time it flew, during the War of 1812 with Great Britain, it was the largest battle flag to be flown. When the British attacked Baltimore in 1814, the flag was flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. The flag features 15 stripes and 15 stars that represent the 13 original colonies and the next two states to join the Union: Kentucky and Vermont. The blue square of the American flag is known as the canton or the union. Plant dyes made from indigo and the roots of madder plants were … Keep Reading...

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