There are thirteen stripes on the American Flag. Each strip represents the thirteen original British colonies, which became the first States in the American Union, that declared independence from Great Britain.
EZPOLE® FLAGPOLES CONVEY AMERICAN PRIDE FOR HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES
A reference guide for first-time flag owners
Many homeowners have decided that there is no better way to show their American pride than to proudly display a US flag in their own yard. The flagpole experts at EZPOLE® Flagpoles, a manufacturer and distributor of 100% American-made flagpoles, discuss some items to consider before you start flying the Stars and Stripes.
The following article answers many frequently asked flagpole questions.
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General - FAQs
Red - Stands for courage and hardiness.
White - Is the symbol for purity and innocence.
Blue - Is the color of vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
The rectangle is a practice of British ensigns and is called a, canton. On the American flag, the canton is colored blue, takes up roughly one quarter of the Flag, and consists of fifty white stars, each representing the current fifty States in the Union.
Yes, In 1954, The Pledge of Allegiance was reworded slightly, so that it reads "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
EZPOLE® Flagpole - FAQs
For a single story home, decks, docks or for traveling purposes, a 13’ flagpole will suffice. A 17’ flagpole is recommended for mid-size homes or 2-story structures, and a 21’ flagpole is recommended for large homes or areas. When judging the quality of a flagpole, you will want to choose an American-made flagpole that uses 16-gauge aluminum to prevent your flagpole from bending or breaking during severe weather. To prevent your flag from becoming tangled in the wind, look for a feature like EZPOLE’s “No Wrap” Swivel System. Finally, you can choose between a sectional flagpole, which comes in pieces and needs to be assembled, versus a telescoping flagpole like the EZPOLE telescoping flagpole that expands from 9’6” up to 21’. telescoping flagpoles are more expensive than sectionals but are much easier to use. Want to take your flagpole on the go to the marina or the campground? An above-ground mount or tire mount are easy to transport and install in minutes.
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1. Check for underground sprinkler water lines and electrical lines before you dig.
2. Dig a 22'' hole with a tapered diameter (see diagram).
3. Put 2'' of gravel under base of sleeve, (allows for drainage) tamp stone.
4. Place aluminum sleeve (bead down) with bottom section of flagpole into place so cement won’t fill bottom of sleeve.
5. Mix bag of cement (40 pound bag) and pour into hole.
6. Mound up concrete around sleeve to allow for water runoff.
(Add rocky fill to increase concrete volume).
7. Use level to square vertical. Stabilize for 24 hours. Insert remaining sections.
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Adding a flagpole to your yard offers a great opportunity to do some creative landscaping. Stonework is often popular around the base of a flagpole and can be combined with a variety of flower bed arrangements.
You should display the Flag on buildings & stationary flagpoles outdoors, the flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset. It should not be displayed at all in stormy & rainy weather, unless for a very special reason. In no case should it ever touch the ground. It should be raised with hearty briskness & when lowered, it should be done solemnly & slowly.
The canton should be located at the peak of a staff extending from the building front, balcony or window; and next to a pole when extended from a house to a pole at the edge of a sidewalk or suspended by a rope. When the flag is displayed horizontally or vertically flat against a wall or similar place, the blue field must be at the left of a person facing it; this is also true when used on a speakers platform. It must also be above and behind the speaker if placed flat. However, if the flag is flown from a staff, it is placed at the speaker's right.
When the American Flag is crossed against the wall with another flag, our Flag is on the observer's left and the staff crosses in front of the other flag. When it is flown on the same halyard with flags of states, cities, societies or clubs, the American flag must be at the top. When these other flags are in a group, each flag from its own staff, our American Flag must be at the right end of the line, that is ... to the onlooker's left. During peacetime eras, international usage forbids the display of one national flag above another and all must be equal in height and size. When displayed in our own country, with flags of other nations, the American Flag must be the first one hoisted and the last to be lowered.
The proper way is for people to face the flag, stand, and with your right hand, place it over your heart. Men not in uniform should take off their hats, and hold them with the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart.