Posts by John Hartvigsen

Christmas: A Flag Holiday

Christmas: A Flag Holiday

When we consider flag holidays, we think first of Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July.  Although Christmas...

A Star for Every State

A Star for Every State

The fifty stars symbolize the fifty states in the Union.  The thirteen stripes symbolize the original thirteen colonies.  American’s know...

Division of the Stars and Stripes

Division of the Stars and Stripes

When the U.S. Southern States announced their secession from the Federal Union, some urged the new President, Abraham Lincoln, to...

Healing Field: Honoring Sacrifices

Healing Field: Honoring Sacrifices

What does a flag mean?  Why is it important?  The questions are simple, the answers are not.  As with many...

I’ll Call Her Old Glory, Boys, Old Glory

I’ll Call Her Old Glory, Boys, Old Glory

There are several versions of the story.  As a rule, it is simply related.  William Driver, a ship’s captain, receives...

A Rare Flag Oddity

A Rare Flag Oddity

The second flag pictured below is a rare unofficial Forty-seven Star Flag that was converted into an unofficial variant Forty-eight...

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner

Between the years 1795 and 1818 is the only time when the U.S. flag had more than thirteen stripes. Recognizing...

Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue!

Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue!

On June 14th in 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution proposed by the Marine Committee:  “Resolved: that the...

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

It is a Jewish custom to place a pebble or small rock on a tombstone when visiting a grave.  One...

Syttende Mai

Syttende Mai

The Norwegian flag plays a central role on the celebration of Norway’s great national holiday.  Sometimes called the “Constitution Day”...

The American Eagle

The American Eagle

We see the American Bald Eagle on our coins, dollar bills, and the caps of our military officers.  It is...