Posts by John Hartvigsen

What Do the Stars & the Stripes Mean?

What Do the Stars & the Stripes Mean?

John Hartvigsen As a lifelong student of flag studies formally known as vexillology, it has been exciting to tell the...

What Does a Republic Look Like?

What Does a Republic Look Like?

John Hartvigsen The creation of an American republic began when British American Colonists rejected rule of both parliament and king. ...

United is Our First Name

United is Our First Name

In a list of sovereign nations, the U.S. and the UK are listed together under U. John Hartvigsen If our...

Thirteen Colonies and the Mother Country

Thirteen Colonies and the Mother Country

John Hartvigsen The United States and the United Kingdom have been strong allies and friends for over a century, and...

This We’ll Defend

This We’ll Defend

John Hartvigsen I fly the Stars and Stripes especially on Flag Day, the 14th of June; however, there is a...

Old Glory Turns 243 Years Old on Flag Day, June 14th

Old Glory Turns 243 Years Old on Flag Day, June 14th

John Hartvigsen At 243 years old, the flag of the United States couldn’t look better.  Her thirteen red and white...

Operation Overlord’s D-Day and Winning Victory

Operation Overlord’s D-Day and Winning Victory

Posted Monday, June 1st During the days leading up to the D-Day Anniversary, Colonial Flag Foundation posted short Facebook postings...

Its All About Flags and Honoring Heroes

Its All About Flags and Honoring Heroes

  John Hartvigsen Memorial Day is all about the United States flag and about honoring those who have honored the...

Peace Officers Memorial Day

Peace Officers Memorial Day

John Hartvigsen American are blessed with dedicated local police departments throughout our nation.  If we look around the world, it...

Victory in Europe Day in 1945 and 75 Years Later  

Victory in Europe Day in 1945 and 75 Years Later  

  On May 8th 75 years ago, Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally, which ended World War II in Europe.   After six...

Declaring our Unity as a Virus Keeps Us Physically Apart

Declaring our Unity as a Virus Keeps Us Physically Apart

John Hartvigsen Times of national crisis bring Americans together to meet challenges with solidarity. Two world wars, worldwide economic depression,...

Celebrate Utah’s Great State Flag on Its Special Day

Celebrate Utah’s Great State Flag on Its Special Day

John Hartvigsen Designated as Utah State Flag Day, March 9th commemorates the day in 1911 when the State Legislature adopted...

 Strike the Each for Equal Pose

 Strike the Each for Equal Pose

John Hartvigsen As International Women’s Day approached, a number of photographs on the International Women’s Day website (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme) caught my...

A Flag for Leap Day?

A Flag for Leap Day?

John Hartvigsen   The time it takes earth to move around the sun fails to exactly match the 365 days...

The First Flags Flown Atop the World

The First Flags Flown Atop the World

The First Flags Flown Atop the World John Hartvigsen Something about historic artifacts thrills us.  Just seeing and being near...

Disposing of Worn-out Flags

Disposing of Worn-out Flags

  John Hartvigsen Of questions we are asked, one recurring subject focuses on withdrawing worn-out flags from use.  Flags are...

St. Ann’s Student Learn From Their Field of Honor® Flag Display

St. Ann’s Student Learn From Their Field of Honor® Flag Display

by John M. Hartvigsen St. Ann’s School student furthered their giving tradition, which this year stretches back from Christmas to...

A Christmas Tree that Celebrates and Honors

A Christmas Tree that Celebrates and Honors

  John M. Hartvigsen We associate flags with the Fourth of July and decorated pine trees with Christmas, however Christmas...

Pearl Harbor and the Flags of Worldwide War

Pearl Harbor and the Flags of Worldwide War

John M. Hartvigsen Originally called the Great War, World War I resulted in enormous numbers of war dead; however, its...

Flags of the Mayflower

Flags of the Mayflower

John M. Hartvigsen Flags add a dramatic touch to drawings and paintings of historic events, and sailing ships are usually...

It’s Donnie’s Day, Too

It’s Donnie’s Day, Too

STAFF PHOTO by JERREY ROBERTS courtesy of Daily Hampshire Gazette               by John M....

Poppies and the Great War

Poppies and the Great War

by John M. Hartvigsen, When Queen Elizabeth II met John Riggs at a recent visit to a veterans’ home, she...

Jeff Young, a great Field of Honor® Project Chair, Inducted into the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor.

Jeff Young, a great Field of Honor® Project Chair, Inducted into the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor.

The three wings of the National Headquarters building enclose a courtyard where the National Exchange Club’s Court of Honor pays...

World Vexillology Day 2019

World Vexillology Day 2019

By John M. Hartvigsen FF (Fellow of the Federation) Flags have been around for millennia, but Vexillology has only existed...

What Gives the U.S. Constitution Its Power?

What Gives the U.S. Constitution Its Power?

U.S. Constitution Day, September 17th by John M. Hartvigsen An older person blessed with exceptional health may be described as...