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So Proudly We Hail, Flag Day 2019

So Proudly We Hail, Flag Day 2019

by John M. Hartvigsen I have seen the U.S. flag flying in foreign skies; I have seen the Star Spangled...

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Latter

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Latter

by John M. Hartvigsen Even with the hindsight of history, Operation Overlord looms gigantic almost beyond belief.  This amphibious landing...

Questions and Answers about Display of the Flag on Memorial Day

Questions and Answers about Display of the Flag on Memorial Day

by John M. Hartvigsen The practice of displaying flags at half-staff is centuries old and has been the custom in...

What U.S. Flag Flew Over the Golden Spike Ceremony?

What U.S. Flag Flew Over the Golden Spike Ceremony?

What U.S. Flag Flew? by John M. Hartvigsen The Stars & Stripes flew over Promontory Summit when the Golden Spike...

Harry Butcher, A 104th Infantry Division Timberwolf  Who Met the Red Army at the Elbe River on 26 April 1945

Harry Butcher, A 104th Infantry Division Timberwolf Who Met the Red Army at the Elbe River on 26 April 1945

by John M. Hartvigsen There was little to recommend 20-year-old Harry to become a soldier. At five foot six and...

Happy Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Happy Lá Fhéile Pádraig

by John M. Hartvigsen According to legend, St. Patrick—an immigrant to the Emerald Isle—drove the snakes from Irish shores.  Centuries...

It’s Utah State Flag Day

It’s Utah State Flag Day

A Great Flag for a Great State by John M. Hartvigsen As students from Highland Park Elementary swarmed around exhibits...

An Untold Story of the Mexican Flag:  How Do You Spell Tenochtitlan in Aztec

An Untold Story of the Mexican Flag: How Do You Spell Tenochtitlan in Aztec

by John M. Hartvigsen Mexico’s flag is a beloved banner with a history reaching back centuries, but its history is...

Honoring Washington and Lincoln on Their Birthdays

Honoring Washington and Lincoln on Their Birthdays

by John M. Hartvigsen With only 28 days, February is the shortest month of the year, and even so it...

Numbers of WWII Veterans Grows Smaller

Numbers of WWII Veterans Grows Smaller

John M. Hartvigsen Of sixteen million Americans who served in World War II, only less than half a million survive,...

A Field of Honor Comes to Flag City, Tennessee

A Field of Honor Comes to Flag City, Tennessee

by John M. Hartvigsen Colonial Flag Foundation is blessed to have amazing host communities all over the nation.  Many have...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

by John Hartvigsen It has been argued that holidays are made up events that lose their meaning and become excuses...

Flags Placed at Half-staff in Utah for Master Officer Joseph Shinners

Flags Placed at Half-staff in Utah for Master Officer Joseph Shinners

John Hartvigsen With our national headquarters located in Sandy, Utah, we were saddened by the death of a valiant area...

Draping a Casket with the U.S. Flag

Draping a Casket with the U.S. Flag

John M. Hartvigsen This tradition began in the United States around the U.S. Civil War.  When the nation was founded...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

John Hartvigsen- Why Do We Fly Flags? Probably the earliest use of flags was to rally the troops in war. ...

Flying the U.S. Flag in “Inclement” Weather

Flying the U.S. Flag in “Inclement” Weather

John M. Hartvigsen   It’s late December, winter has hit most the the U.S. and baby it’s cold out there!...

Why Do We Fly Flags at Half-staff?

Why Do We Fly Flags at Half-staff?

  John M. Hartvigsen The idea that we fly flags at half-staff to honor individuals who have died has grown...

Big Flags A Utah Tradition

Big Flags A Utah Tradition

Even before they arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Utah’s pioneers had expressed a strong preference for...

With the Flag Flying

With the Flag Flying

Fort Moore memorial in Los Angeles honoring the Flag Raising by the Mormon Battalion Brigham Young’s vanguard company of pioneers...

Flags May Have Inspired the American Union

Flags May Have Inspired the American Union

Independence Day is celebrated each year on July Fourth, and the date’s number is used to name the celebration itself,...

It is Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s Birthday

It is Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s Birthday

The roots of the U.S. Army grow deeper in American History than our nation’s independence.  The Delegates of the Continental Congress...

Fifteen Years—How Well Does Our Nation Remember?

Fifteen Years—How Well Does Our Nation Remember?

This coming 11th of September, Patriot Day, marks the 15th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. Since Patriot Day...

Colonial Flag Foundation Programs Attract Great People

Colonial Flag Foundation Programs Attract Great People

Since Healing Field® and Field of Honor® events encompass massive displays of the Stars and Stripes, the casual observer may...

Meaning of the Symbols on the Utah State Flag

Meaning of the Symbols on the Utah State Flag

The design of the Utah State flag incorporates the emblems found on the Great Seal of the Utah which are...

Mark Twain and Utah’s Grand Beehive

Mark Twain and Utah’s Grand Beehive

The central emblem on Utah’s state flag is the beehive, and this is more than appropriate since the likeness of...