I live across the street from a banquet hall called the Friendship Auditorium. A huge American Flag flies in front of the Friendship Auditorium, and it can usually be seen blowing across the view from our balcony. One day, I returned home from work to find the flag at half-mast. Curious, I looked online for any clues as to what had happened. No significant public figures had passed away. As far as I could tell, the flag was not at half-mast in remembrance of anything or anyone. It was a complete mystery to my roommates and me, disheartening to see a somber reminder off loss every time we looked out our window. Days passed. The flag was never raised, nor was it lowered. My roommates and I began to speculate of a Friendship Auditorium massacre. Finally, after over a month of the flag flying at half-mast, it was raised right back into our magnificent view.
I had seen that flag raised up on that flag pole hundreds of times since I moved to Los Angeles. I hadn't even thought twice about it until the flag was no longer in my view. As soon as we didn't see it everyday, we immediately thought something was wrong. The symbolism behind the flag is so great that we were concerned when it wasn't flying high as usual, and indeed, we were excited to see it raised back to its prominent spot.
The American Flag is a symbol of freedom and unity. The flag is displayed on federal holidays such as Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and the 4th of July. Americans also fly the flag as a symbol for strength and unity after great national tragedies, such as September 11th. It can also be used to show mourning when lowered to half-mast. It is because the flag is such a strong symbol that we honor its adoption with Flag Day on June 14th. Benchmark carries on the tradition of honor with Flag Day email templates.
Fun Facts about the American Flag
- Nicknames include "Stars & Stripes," "Old Glory" and "The Star-Spangled Banner."
- If a flag is damaged beyond repair, it must be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
- Hanging the flag upside-down is a distress signal.
- Red stands for hardiness, valor, strength and bravery.
- White stands for peace and honesty.
- Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, justice, truth and loyalty.
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