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A History of Flags Around the World (and Across Time)

Posted by Bryan on 7/13/2012 to Flag History
Flags have been in use for around 4,000 years. The designs of flags range from a metal flag used in Iran to vexilloid reconstructions used on Egyptian carving and Greek coins. The first kind of flag that was used was called a vexilloid. The name for the scientific study of flags is called vexillology. The first vexilloids were constructed with wooden or metal posts that had carvings on top of the post.

Fabric began to be added to vexilloids about 2,000 years ago for decoration. This was the beginning of the flags that we all know today. A flag is usually used to send someone a signal or it is utilized as a symbol. It is constructed of colorful material and serves as a message from a group of people or an individual.

Flags are use to tell others who you are. Knights brandished flags during battle when it difficult to tell who was underneath all of the armor. Flags assisted soldiers in distinguishing who a friend and who was a foe.

Every country that exists possesses a flag. As the governments change, the flags change also. Each state in the U.S. has a flag. Many auxiliaries and organizations have flags. The Olympic flag stands for people from five continents joining together for affable competition. The United Nations flag stands for peace with the olive branches embracing the world. A queen or a king can have their own special flag that is flown in the building where they reside.

Flags are used for celebrations and they are also used for funerals. Flags are flown at half mast to pay tribute to the dead and used as a drape for the coffin of national heroes.

The colors found in flags have special significance. The color red is indicative of power, courage, revolution and danger. The color white is often indicative of a truce, surrender and peace. Orange is usually the color that indicates courage and sacrifice. Green is the color for hope, youth and safety. Yellow is the color that stands for gold or caution. Black is the color that is indicative of death and mourning.

Flags were sewn by putting pieces of fabric together. They could also be painted or embroidered with yarn. Flags are made today by printing on rolls of fabric. The machine prints a pattern on the fabric over and over again. The fabric is laundered, dried and each separate flag is cut from the fabric.

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