| Origins of the United States Army Flag
The official flag of the United States Army features a replica of the War Office Seal in blue against a white field. Just beneath it is a wide scroll in scarlet that displays the ‘United States Army’ inscription in white. Below that is 1775 in blue Arabic numerals, which signifies the year the Army was created and General George Washington appointed as Commander-In-Chief. It was originally made of white silk and measured 4 ft. 4 inches by 5 ft. 6 inches.
History of the Buddhist Flag
The Buddhist flag was designed to serve as a banner that would unify Buddhists from around the world. The flag combines several colors arranged into bold stripes. By serving as a symbol of the Buddhist religion, the Buddhist flag reminds Buddhists that race, color and nationality do not divide people and that everyone is capable of reaching enlightenment just as Buddha did.
The Star-Spangled Banner
The American flag has gone through many incarnations, from an early design with a rattlesnake image and the Confederate flag to the iconic stars and stripes flown today. It was on June 14, 1777 that the first official national flag was approved by the Continental Congress, and on July 4, 1960 that the flag gained its fiftieth and final star when Hawaii joined the Union. Since then, the current flag has enjoyed its tenure as an icon of America.
The "Bonnie Blue Flag": A Song of States' Rights
The "Bonnie Blue Flag," the first unofficial flag of the Confederacy, is a single white five-pointed star alone on a blue background. The flag was named "Bonnie Blue" after a popular song of the era written and sung by performer Harry McCarthy.
Stars & Stipes: A Timeless Symbol For Freedom
The United States flag is one of the most recognizable images anywhere in the world. Its history is one forged in war and tempered in an uncompromising search for the ultimate freedom
State Flags: California
The present California State Flag was chosen by the state legislature in the year of 1911. The present flag is designed slightly differently than the original state flag. The five point red star remains in the upper left hand corner although it is a bit smaller on the newer flag. The bear has been relocated to the center of the flag and is much larger now.
Historic Flags in Review: Sons of Liberty Flag
One little-known historical flag gem in United States history is the Sons of Liberty flag, which is also known as the 'Rebellious Stripes' flag. This flag consists of 6 white and 7 red vertical stripes. It represented some of the early colonists, who were united against the British laws and rules that were being applied through imported goods and local British personnel.
A Introspective Look at the State Flag of Virginia
The state flag of Virginia was formally recognized in 1861, a short time prior to Virginia's secession from the Union. Meticulous guidelines were prescribed in the Ordinance of 1861 to ensure the uniformity of the flag's components.
Flag of Sullivan’s Life Guard
One of the historic U.S. flags was the standard of General John Sullivan of the Continental Army, which was called the flag of Sullivan’s Life Guard. It was flown for their Rhode Island militia group starting in 1777.
A History of Flags Around the World (and Across Time)
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.
A History of Flags
During the course of history flags have evolved from just
military usage to many other uses, from maritime semaphore flags to
pennants to national flags. In addition to the previous mentioned flags
there are also flags used for advertisement and supporting sports teams.