What year was the Stars and Stripes adopted?
The Stars and Stripes flag was created as a resultof a Congressional resolution adopted on June 14, 1777.  Today we celebrate this day as “Flag Day”.  The resolution stated:  “Resolved: that the Flag of the united states be 13 stripes alternate red and white. that the Union be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”  Congress gave no information on the meaning of the colors, who would design the flag or instructions on positioning the stars.

The resolution was not published until September 2, 1777.  It did not give information about appropriate uses for the flag.  The flag was not regularly carried by the army nor was it displayed on many public buildings.  Ships and fortresses were generally the only places one could see the Stars and Stripes during the first ten years. 
Who called the flag “Old Glory”?
In 1824 William Driver, a sea captain from Salem, Massachusetts is believed to have raised the flag on his brig, the Charles Doggett, and pronounced, “I name thee Old Glory”.  There is another version of Driver’s naming of the flag.  His mother presented him with the flag on his twenty-first birthday on March 17, 1824.  He is said to have named it “Old Glory” on that occasion.

The present day names for the Red stripes and Blue canton are Old Glory Red and Old Glory Blue.

What size flag do I need?

Proper Flag dimensions for an inground pole are based on the height of the pole and the length of the flag.  Generally it is recommended that a flag length be 25 -33% of the pole height.  ex. 3 x 5 FT for a 15 FT pole and  4 x 6 FT for a 20 FT pole.

When flying a flag on a staff mounted on a building, we recommend a 2 1/2 x 4 FT  with a 5 FT pole or a 3 x 5 FT  with a 6 FT pole.

What materials are the flags made of?
Nylon is the most commonly used material.  100% DuPont 200 Denier Nylon is the best choice for reasonable weather conditions and light wind.  The term Nyl-Glo used on this site refers to Nylon.

Heavyweight Polyester is 100% 2-Ply, Spun Woven Polyester material that resists high winds and gives longest wear in those conditions.  The open weave reduces fabric stress.

Cotton (Bulldog) 100% Heavyweight cotton bunting is not recommended for frequent flying outdoors as it is not weather resistant.  A cotton flag is best flown on flag holidays and special occasions.

What is a Col-Nylon flag?
Colonial Nyl-Glo 100% Solar Max Nylon flags have a brilliant luster and fast colors making them ideal for indoor display or outdoor parades.  They feature a flannel lined polehem with velcro tab and may be purchased with or without fringe.

What is Det-Glo?
4 oz Polyester knit material has an open weave and a high sheen.  Strong and sturdy, it has a resilient memory stretch and is useful for outdoor display.

What is Reliance?
This is a selected cotton sheeting, dyed for Annin for maximum appearance values.  It is used for US and decorations and is an excellent value.

What is Republic?
This is a cotton/polyester blend with a look similar to Reliance.

How long will my flag last?

Weather and environmental factors have a lot to do with the life of a flag.  Flying the flag during daylight hours can extend the life of your flag.  We recommend lowering and removing the flag during periods of high winds and during bad weather.  Sunlight does affect Nylon and causes fading therefore a flag exposed to long periods of strong sun may have a shorter life.

How do I care for my flag?

Keeping an eye on the fly end of your flag and noticing if it has started to fray indicates that the end should be cut off and rehemmed.  A clean flag will last longer as pollutants in the air can cause the material to degrade.  To clean it use a mild detergent, rinse and hang to dry.

Never fold or store a wet flag.  Let it hang dry completely before you put it away.

Is the American flag made in the USA?

All our U.S. flags are made here in the United States.  There is a label on the Header tape stating “Made in the U.S.A.”

How must the National flag be displayed after dark?
It is customary to display the National flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and flagpoles.  If it is to be displayed twenty-four hours a day, it should be properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

What is the correct position for the U.S. Flag when displayed with other flags?

The U.S. flag should always be on the left when flown with flags of other nations, state and military.  Left is determined as the position from which it is most often viewed.

National flags should not be flown on the same pole under the U.S. flag.  When displaying a U.S.  flag with a state or military flag, the U.S. flag is always at the top of the pole.  Generally the flag beneath is one standard size smaller.

Did you know?  When all 50 State flags are displayed together, they should be arranged in the order that they were admitted to Statehood.

What are the regulations for flying the National flag at Half-Staff?
The U.S. (National) flag when flown at half-staff should first be hoisted to the highest  point for an instant and then lowered to half-staff.  The flag should be raised again to the highest point before being lowered for the day.  The flag should be lowered to half-staff on Memorial Day until Noon and then raised to the top of the pole.

Who determines when the National Flag is flown at Half-Staff?
The President of the United States orders the flag to be flown at half-staff upon the death of any principal figures of the Federal Government and the Governor of any State, territory or possession.

The Governor of a State may proclaim the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff upon the death of a present or former official of the State government.