What is Flag Day? June 14 2017, 0 Comments
Flag Day has been an unofficial Federal Holiday for 68 years. It is a day we take to observe and commemorate the adoption of the American Flag, but do you really know how it came about?
"That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation."
This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design.
A flag of this design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine. The American flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778, when the Ranger, bearing the Stars and Stripes and under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early 1778 at Nassau, Bahama Islands, where Americans captured a British fort.
Observance of the adoption of the flag was not soon in coming, however. Although there are many claims to the first official observance of Flag Day, all but one took place more than an entire century after the flag’s adoption in 1777.
The first claim was from a Hartford, Conn., celebration during the first summer of 1861. In the late 1800s, schools all over the United States held Flag Day programs to contribute to the Americanization of immigrant children, and the observance caught on with individual communities.
The most recognized claim, however, comes from New York. On June 14, 1889, Professor George Bolch, principal of a free kindergarten for the poor of New York City, had his school hold patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. This initiative attracted attention from the State Department of Education, which arranged to have the day observed in all public schools thereafter.
Soon the state legislature passed a law making it the responsibility of the state superintendent of public schools to ensure that schools hold observances for Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Flag Day. In 1897, the governor of New York ordered the displaying of the flag over all public buildings in the state, an observance considered by some to be the first official recognition of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag outside of schools.
Another claim comes from Philadelphia. In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 Flag Day. Resolutions by women were not granted much notice, however, and it was not until May 7, 1937, that Pennsylvania became the first state to establish the June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday. Flag Day is a nationwide observance today, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday.
Bernard J. Cigrand, a school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, reportedly spent years trying to get Congress to declare June 14 as a national holiday. Although his attempts failed, the day was widely observed. “Father of Flag Day” honors have been given to William T. Kerr, who was credited with founding the American Flag Day Association in 1888 while still a schoolboy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.
Join millions of Americans on this day and fly your American Flag with pride! If you don't have a flag, you can order one during our 2nd Annual American Flag Campaign and in the process help us support U.S. Veterans. While not part of any flag code, we firmly believe that the American Flag should ONLY be MADE IN THE USA!
*This information was shared from the U.S Department of Veteran's Affairs from an article titled Celebrating America's Freedoms: The Origins of Flag Day.
The LogOX June 03 2017, 0 Comments
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What do coins on a veteran's grave mean? May 29 2017, 1 Comment
- A penny is just a simple sign that the grave was visited and respects were paid.
- A nickel means that the visitor spent time with the deceased at boot camp.
- If you see a dime, it means that the visitor served with the soldier at some point in time.
- Finally, a quarter indicates that the visitor was present at the time when the deceased fell.
The money collected, usually goes towards cemetery and gravesite maintenance. Please be respectful anytime you visit a grave.
50+ Brands Committed to the American-Made Movement May 28 2017, 5 Comments
We want to give a special shout-out to all of our sponsors who help make our Made in USA Movement possible. These companies deserve great recognition, not just for making quality products, but also for supporting jobs here at home! Please join us in supporting these great American companies - click the company's name or image to visit their website.
“Be Proud Of What You Wear, Be Proud Of Where You’re From”
American Built Clothing is a brand for the proud American that can still appreciate building something with his or her own hands. American built believes American-Made is the ONLY way to be. They are a brand founded by those who served in the Military, AND a brand that continues to support those who have served this country, past and present. americanbuiltusa.com
Rugged and RFID-resistant, TrayvaxⓇ wallets are slim enough to slip in your front pocket and sturdy enough to be a part of your everyday carry. Completely sourced and Made in the USA, all Trayvax products come backed with a lifetime warranty. Learn more at Trayvax.com
Todd Shelton makes premium clothing for men and women in the brand’s New Jersey headquarters. Todd Shelton specializes in classic garments in current fits that offer long-term wear. toddshelton.com
Legacy Food Storage offers a full line of made in America emergency, long term freeze dried meals. Legacy was chosen as best tasting by 4 out of 5 people, and is the best value in the emergency food industry. legacyfoodstorage.com
Tired of not getting a good night's sleep? Hate mattress shopping in stores with annoying salespeople and high prices? Check out Drömma. High quality 12" Latex and Gel Memory Foam Mattress. 200 Night Guarantee! Free shipping! 12 Year Warranty. The new hassle free way to shop for your best night's sleep. drommabed.com
Stop the noise and kill the clutter with KeyBar, America’s premium multi-tool style key organizer with a titanium pocket clip. Available in a variety of colors, designs and materials, the KeyBar also accommodates accessories such as a bottle opener, flash drive, screwdriver and much more! KeyBar.us
Currently being used by the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and MLS, SWEAT IT OUT®'s products are made from the highest technology of fibers, has the ability to support and align muscles to work in uniformity and consistently by allowing the muscles to stretch to the maximum and recover for better conditioning and the prevention and rehabilitation of muscle injuries. You will get the maximum out of your body’s muscles to help you stay healthy! sweatitout.com
Brooklyn Copper Cookware. Elegant, hand-crafted solid copper cookware designed and manufactured entirely in the USA. brooklyncoppercookware.com
Hungry Hound Beer Grain Treats uses by-product generated from the beer brewing process in their all-natural, sustainable dog treats. Brewers' spent grain is nutritionally valuable, high in fiber & protein and low in fat and easily digested by humans and animals. No preservatives, alcohol or hops. beergraintreats.com
Magnetic quick latching tactical belts, hand made right here in the USA. Launching on Kickstarter soon, keep updated at magnatactics.com
Flame Engineering builds rugged Red Dragon® propane torch kits in the USA for flaming weeds organically, agricultural & roofing use. Models for everyone from a small yard to large acreage! flameengineering.com
Consumers are not in the "Made in America" movement, they ARE the Movement. Get 20% off the "MADE IN THE USA : The 30 Day Journey" Documentary DVD combos with "Go4 USA: Mobile Army" T-Shirts & Dog Tags! thru Memorial Day. go4madeinamerica.com
RollerFeeder, Squirrel proof bird feeders Made in the U.S.A. since 1998. Their patented rolling bird feeder is guaranteed squirrel proof & designed to roll-spin, and befuddle squirrels. RollerFeeder.com
Established in 1819, Jacob Bromwell® is the United States’ oldest and most respected name in kitchenware and housewares. Their company designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes their own line of timeless products, all of which exhibit beautiful design, best-in-class craftsmanship, and long-lasting quality. They believe in the creativity and productivity of American workers, and still today all Jacob Bromwell® products are handcrafted with pride in the USA and guaranteed for life. It's the way we've done it for nearly 200 years. jacobbromwell.com
Lanternland creates handmade solid copper & brass lanterns and outdoor lighting made in USA. Custom orders welcome; modify one of our designs, reproduce an existing design or create your own. lanternland.com
The FootMate® System is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging your feet every time you shower. It's the ultimate foot massage and the perfect way to pamper your tired, aching feet; Your Feet Will LOVE You…® footmate.com
Now the only manufacturer of flatware in the United States of America, Liberty Tabletop creates high quality flatware at a competitive price. All of their items are produced using the finest quality 18-10 chromium/nickel stainless steel. This offers incredible luster and enhanced resistance to staining over less expensive stainless grades like 18-0. What’s more, the steel that their flatware is produced with is also made in the U.S.A. and meets all ASTM standards. libertytabletop.com
Authenticity 50 is 100% seed-to-stitch, made in the USA. Premium bedding. Direct-to-consumer. Supporting jobs and manufacturing in America. authenticity50.com
Simplicity Sofas furniture is designed for small spaces and proudly manufactured here in the USA! Selling direct to consumers. simplicitysofas.com
Custom cast iron cookware. legacycastiron.com
Quality, American Made Fire-Cookin' Goods. billytwang.com
Custom and ready to ship bedding and accessories for dorm, home, and baby! Comforters, Duvets, Shams, Accent Pillows, Sheets, Rugs, Curtains all made in USA. amdorm.com
Jack of all Sprays is formulated to provide no-drip, unrivaled performance in multiple facets of lubricants. Jack loosens rusted and stuck parts, provides durable long lasting protection against corrosion, and lubricates intricate moving parts. This industrial strength product is bio-degradable, non-toxic and odorless. jackofallsprays.com
Thorogood is one of America's oldest boot brands; leading the industry in innovations in safety and comfort for over 120 years. Their dedication to craftsmanship, quality, and innovation, defines the high quality of footwear that their customers have come to expect. Their goal is to provide footwear that represents the "Best Value" in today's marketplace. weinbrennerusa.com
Handcrafted buffalo leather goods, Made in America, since 1972. buffalobillfold.com
LiddUp is excited to have partnered with the industry leader in cooler manufacturing, Igloo Products Corporation! Their partnership is going to be a game changer for the industry as they incorporated the LiddUp interior LED lighting technology and patents to create, market and sell new lines of lighted coolers. Igloo is known for innovation and helped take LiddUp's design to the next level. LiddUp coolers is proud to currently offer two different coolers: their LiddUp Party Bar and their recently released LiddUp Trailmate. liddup.com
Don't waste your time (& money) on cheaply-made tools. The Chapman Manufacturing Model 5575, 56- piece Screwdriver Set is proudly Made in the USA. It is the only Screwdriver Set you'll ever need. chapmanmfg.com
The Better Bungee is dedicated to manufacturing the safest, strongest and most environmentally friendly polyurethane straps, cords, and other innovative products. thebetterbungee.com
Redline Steel is Veteran owned and proudly founded in the United States. Theyl manufacture a wide range of products from custom metal man cave art to military memorabilia. redlinesteel.com
The same manufacturers of Redline Steel (listed above), Redline Wood creates beautiful home decor out of wood. redlinewood.com
Diamond Gusset Brand Jeans are 100% American Made and are different because of the unique gusset sewn into the crotch of the jean. The original gusseted jean construction incorporates a "delta" shaped piece of material sewn into the crotch of the jean. This allows stress to be redistributed around the crotch area, allowing greater freedom of movement, comfort and strength. gusset.com
NuAngel manufactures products for nursing mothers and infants. nuangel.comAdd-a-Handle® is a light-weight and sturdy plastic handle designed with two adjustable Velcro Brand® buckle straps which can securely hold objects in place. Each strap is equipped with easy to find pull-tabs.
Add-a-Handle® has the ability to hold up to 30lbs. Since it was initially designed with the painter in mind a magnet has been placed at the top of the handle allowing for the secure placement of a paintbrush; although, you can use it for your specified needs! add-a-handle.com
Coming Summer 2017, Punch Tough Brand is on a mission to bring back American-Made. Their Premium Apparel is Made in the USA. punchtoughbrand.com
Udderly Smooth® Creams and Lotions deeply moisturize; making skin feel udderly soft and smooth every day, every season. udderlysmooth.com
Scotchman Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal fabrication equipment, accessories, and custom tools. From general to heavy-duty metal fabrication to farm use, shipbuilding, technical schools, the U.S. military, Fortune 500 companies, and the one-man hobby garage shop, Scotchman has been the preferred solution for our customers for nearly half a century. scotchman.com
Coin Displays, manufactures beautiful Coin Displays out of natural woods right here in the U.S.A. Choose from 10 different exotic woods covering a range of colors. As the fingerprints of our world's forest, the color and grain can vary from piece to piece, making each one unique. The combination of the natural woods and the unique design set them apart from the rest. coindisplays.com
The Right of Kings is the beginning of a gaming legacy that starts with ROK, a board game that combines intense strategy, memory and diplomacy crowned by a set of collectible playing cards that give character to the playing experience. Pre-Order here: rightofkings.com
New England Cap and Embroidery Company has been a casual headwear manufacturer and embroidery service provider since 1990. While most cap manufacturing has gone overseas, NEC has maintained our US-based manufacturing in the historically rich Naugatuck Valley region of Connecticut. newenglandcap.com
Everyone Loves Buttons Inc.® was established in 1997 in San Diego, CA. and has grown to become one of the top custom pin-back button manufacturers in the country. In March 2005 they expanded their button manufacturing capabilities and relocated to Phoenix, AZ. In 2008 they became a Nationally Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBENC). Their legendary customer service approach helps you save time and money, allowing you to purchase directly from the manufacturer. All button parts are genuine quality made in the U.S.A. and state-of-the-art electric button machinery is used to produce 2 piece, mylar topped pin-back custom buttons. custombuttons.com
Family owned and operated, Heavyweight Collections manufactures quality shirts and sell them directly to the consumer. This allows them to skip the middle market and offer a good value to the customer. Their Mission is to provide you with a high quality men's t-shirt that is made in the USA and available at a reasonable price. heavytshirt.com
The Goodwear brand is an American casual clothing company. Our supply chain is from 100% American grown cotton. Share what you're wearing with #GoodwearUSA. goodwear.com
Clothing and community for women veterans, service members and badass women around the world. Veteran Owned and Operated. ladybrigade.com
Tough Traveler Ltd. is a USA-design/manufacturer of excellent luggage, packs, child carriers, emt bags, etc. Their mission: To Make bags that are environmentally & community friendly, and provide years of great usage for their valued customers worldwide! toughtraveler.com
Since 1951, Gordon Brush has been the leading industrial brush manufacturer of quality standard and special brushes or custom brushes for industrial customers around the world. gordonbrush.com
Vintage military style joins forces with a modern relaxed vibe in Bunker 27, a distinctive line of clothing for men. Inspired by the spirited heritage of the American military, Bunker 27 offers classic rugged comfort and high quality. bunker27.com
Body and Sole Comfort's U.S. Patented washable reusable foot cushions stick to the skin or shoe, allowing the wearer to position the cushion precisely where problem areas exist. bodyandsolecomfort.com
Bike Bug® engineers & develops unique bicycle/transportation Products - they are constantly analyzed for improvements in order to provide optimum performance. They rigorously field test their products for safety & reliability to insure peace of mind allowing you the freedom to focus on enjoying your outdoor adventures. bikebug.net
The LogOx's patented 3-in-1 Forestry Tool takes the back strain out of harvesting firewood and is proudly Made in the USA. thelogox.com
2nd Annual American Flag Campaign May 11 2017, 3 Comments
A few years ago we were tired of seeing American Flags that weren't Made in the USA. So we decided we wanted to do something about it. So between 2015-2016, we set out on a mission to offer our fans an opportunity to purchase a quality, Made in USA, American Flag. In addition, we wanted to help give back to our troops and veterans, so we decided that for every American Flag we sold we were going to contribute $5 to a non-profit Veterans Organization. This campaign was a great success, we sold all 100 flags and we proudly raised $500 for our Veterans donation.
It is with great pleasure and excitement, that we announce our 2nd Annual American Flag Campaign! We teamed-up with our exclusive flag sponsor, Rushmore Rose USA to offer a truly Made in USA - American Flag, certified by the Flag Manufactures Association of America.
Help support this year's campaign by purchasing your very own American Flag today! Click here to order.
We also partnered with C.O.M.B.A.T. VTC, Inc. as our selected non-profit veterans organization. They are a non-profit organization that was established in 2014 to help support and promote NC Judicial District 11A's Veterans Treatment Court and to assist with the needs of the program mentors. Their mission is to offer evidence based services and support to Veterans who need help to address their trauma and addictions.
500+ Companies Made in the USA April 29 2017, 1 Comment
We know finding products that are Made in the USA can sometimes be difficult. That is why over 3 years ago we started compiling a list of every Made in USA company we came across. What started off as a single-digit list, has now grown to over 500 listings. Do your part to support Made in USA businesses, start shopping our "American-Made List" today! Click here to go to our list.
How to Properly Display the American Flag April 05 2017, 6 Comments
You love flying your American flag, but is it being properly displayed? We put together this list to help our readers learn the Do's and Don'ts of flag flying.
Public Law 94-344 is known as the Federal Flag Code. It contains rules for displaying and handling the American flag. This public law does not contain any penalties for not adhering to the guidelines, however you will want to abide by these guidelines as much as possible to show our nation's flag the upmost respect. Additionally, some states and local municipalities may have imposed their own guidelines and rules for flying the American flag, which may impose penalties when not followed. Please check your state and local laws if interested.
Guidelines To Follow:
- Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all times if it’s illuminated during darkness.
- The flag should not be subject to weather damage, so it should not be displayed during rain, snow and wind storms unless it is an all-weather flag. It is a good idea to take your flag in if you know it is going to storm/rain.
- It should be displayed often, but especially on national and state holidays and special occasions.
- The flag should be displayed on or near the main building of public institutions, schools during school days, and polling places on election days. It should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
- The flag may be flown at half-staff to honor a newly deceased federal or state government official by order of the president or the governor, respectively. On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon.
- During the hoisting or lowering of the flag or when it passes in parade or review, Americans should stand at attention facing the flag and place their right hand over the heart. Uniformed military members render the military salute. Men not in uniform should remove any headdress and hold it with their right hand at their left shoulder, the hand resting over the heart. Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention.
- When the flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
- ALWAYS remember, when displaying the American Flag the Union (the Stars) always goes to the top left, as it would appear from the main view point.
Things Not to Do:
- The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom.
- Don't burn the flag, unless respectfully retiring.
Out of respect for the U.S. flag, never:
-use the flag for advertising or promotion purposes or print it on paper napkins, boxes or anything else intended for temporary use and discard.
-dip it for any person or thing, even though state flags, regimental colors and other flags may be dipped as a mark of honor.
-display it with the union down, except as a signal of distress.
-let the flag touch anything beneath it: ground, floor, water, merchandise.
-carry it horizontally, but always aloft.
-fasten or display it in a way that will permit it to be damaged or soiled.
-place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia, or designs of any kind.
-use it for holding anything.
-use it as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. It should not be used on a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of patriotic organizations, military personnel, police officers and firefighters.
This information was gathered from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: "Celebrating America's Freedoms" Guidelines for Display of the Flag.
40+ American Flags from Across the Nation March 15 2017, 6 Comments
We might be a little biased, but we think the American Flag is beautiful and a representation of the greatest nation on Earth. So...we put together this list of American Flags from all across the nation. All of these images were submitted by followers. Enjoy! -Deagan Williams
1. Delray Beach, FL
2. Sutton, AK
3. Arcanum, OH
4. Blue Ridge, GA
5. Cape Cod, MA
6. Cleveland, TN
7. Colorado City, CO
8. Ewan, NJ
9. Fort Worth, TX
10. Glen Burnie, MD
11. Greensburg, PA
12. Jacksonville, NC
13. Key Stone, SD
14. Kingston, PA
15. Lansing, MA
16. Stockton, CA
17. Las Vegas, NV
18. Manchester, CT
20. Middlebrook, VA
21. Nashville, TN
22. North West, MT
23. Pueblo, CO
24. Racine, WI
25. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
26. Risel, TX
27. Rome, GA
28. Rose City, MI
29. San Diego, CA
30. Silverthorne, CO
31. South Central, KY
32. South Ogden, UT
33. Southcentral, AK
34. Spring Lake, NC
35. St. James, MO
36. Southwest, CO
37. Syracuse, NY
38. Tempe, AZ
39. Tuscumbia, AL
40. Walnut, CA
41. West Plains, MO
42. Whitesburg, GA
43. Wichita, KS
Thorogood Shoes February 21 2017, 3 Comments
HOW THOROGOOD SHOES ARE MADE
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