A construction company shows a video of the tallest flagpole installation ever. http://mortenson.wistia.com/medias/tejnwpitig

The flag is to honor servicemen and women who gave their lives in service to their nation. What a great tribute!



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A committee is asking for people to submit designs for a flag to represent South Dakota’s largest city by next week.

The Committee to Establish a Suitable Flying Banner for the City of Sioux Falls said a panel of judges will choose designs to display to the public in August, but that it would be up to the city council to make any flag official.

“We’re a city that’s diverse, ambitious, expanding and we need something like a flag to serve as a central rallying point,” committee chairman Hugh Weber told the Argus Leader newspaper (http://argusne.ws/TYg7iv ).

Designs must be submitted to the committee by July 15.

The North American Vexillological Association, which is devoted to the study of flags, surveyed the largest 150 communities in the nation and found that only Sioux Falls and two others lacked a city flag.

Seven communities in South Dakota are known to have an official flag. Discussions of creating one for Sioux Falls have occurred in the past but went nowhere, according to City Attorney David Pfeifle.

The committee wants a simple design, preferably one that a 5-year-old child could draw from memory. The panel includes Weber’s 5-year-old daughter, to ensure the chosen design meets that standard.

Zeke Hanson, a traveling photographer and videographer who works in Sioux Falls about 10 days each month, has already submitted a design.

“It’s a really cool opportunity to be involved in something like this,” he said. “It’s fun to put some ideas together for the flag. Let’s see what we can do for Sioux Falls.”





Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com


Every 1st Monday we come together as a whole company and have a big meeting. At this meeting the ABC Bear award is passed around. Today was Madison’s turn to hand the bear out and she surprised us all with a poem and then awarded the bear to all of us. Here is Madison’s poem:

When faced with this dilemma, How could I choose?
Could somebody win and somebody lose?
There is gregarious friendly Sam and quietly competent Sarah
That keep the showroom running and the Postal meter humming!
Trustworthy Tim and Dedicated Diana
Get the custom flags made and also the Banna’s!
Margarita is sewing hammers it out, she is one person we can’t do without.
Taylor ships and manager out site, taking our S.E.M. high as a kite!
Jeremy searches and purchases our stock
Arwen posts and helps me A LOT!
Roger is the jack of all trades, and the building improves with each passing day.
Tenaciously Talented Tammie is a marketing double whammy
and Stephen with his programming skills Dedupes and fixes our computering ills.
Sandra and Charles tend to the numbers and balance the books…they fill me with wonder.
Nathan is working 3 different places…He could be Sybil with all of his faces!
Mark, Tom, Preston, and Paul come sit at that phone and call, call, call.
Bonna, like Donna except with a B, dots every i and crosses all t’s.
Kirk is a clown and sometimes he’s loud, but he calls all his quotes and that makes me proud.
There’s Grady with his calm cordial way, his customer service often saves the day.
And Kerry with her bawdy laughter, you know she’s here by the shake of the rafters
Her leadership style and her fun party way, makes coming to work a joy each day.
Each one of you special, important and needed, Together a team that cannot be “beated”
So when posed with the question who goes above and beyond
Each one of you do so I can’t wave a wand and choose just one
Without each of you this place wouldn’t be the place that I love AFB Family
- Madison, 6-2-2014, MMMM


In the United States, there have been many attempts at making it a criminal offense to dishonor the American Flag, such as burning it in protest for example. Such laws have always failed due to “freedom of speech” or in this case political expression.

Egypt’s outgoing interim president, after recent protests and uprising in their nation decreed that dishonoring their flag (and their national anthem) is a punishable offense. The law states that the crime could lead to one year in prison and a fine of more than $4,000.

Is that too tough of a law? What if it were put on the ballot here in America? Would you approve or disapprove?

You can read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/31/egypt-criminalizes-dishonoring-anthem-flag/?intcmp=latestnews



The Montreal Canadiens flag will be flying in front of Boston City Hall in the next few days, if that city’s mayor follows through on his bet with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

Denis Coderre bets Boston mayor the Habs will win The Habs defeated the Bruins 3-1 on Wednesday in Game 7 of their NHL playoff series, eliminating Boston from the playoffs.
Habs fans flooded Ste-Catherine Street to celebrate the Habs 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

While Bruins fans lick their wounds today, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has a bet to fulfil.
The mayors of the rival teams’ hometowns bet that whoever lost the series would have to wear the other town’s jersey and fly the team’s flag at city hall for a week.

Walsh said he plans to make good on the bet, just as soon as Coderre sends him a flag and a jersey in the mail.

The Boston mayor joked the flag will be up above city hall for about 10 seconds.

But he said the most difficult part of the bet will be wearing the Canadiens jersey.

“That’s going to be a tough one for me,” he said.

Coderre is currently in Europe on a cultural and commercial mission. He has been following the series, however, and today tweeted that he’ll be in touch with Walsh to work out the logistics of their agreement.

Buy a Canadiens banner here: http://www.flagandbanner.com/Products/DBANN01530031.asp


Confederate flag supporters demonstrate on the north steps of the capitol building 06 April, 2000 in Columbia, SC. The US southern state is split into two factions — those for and those against the Confederate flag remaining above the capitol building. The ‘Get in Step with the People of South Carolina’ march, led by Charleston, SC, mayor Joe Riley, started in Charleston on 02 April, 2000 and proceeded approximately 120 miles to the captial of Columbia to protest the flag’s placement above the capitol. (credit: ERIK PEREL/AFP/Getty Images)

What do you think of this? This flag is a part of our history, yes a dark part of our history but should not be forgotten. By banning the Confederate flag are they just pushing all the lessons learned from this painful part of American history under the rug? Or is it because too many people associate the Confederate flag with hate rather than states rights? Are these flags to be considered flags of traitors? They did rebel against their nation after all. It would be a great time for educators to discuss these things with students.

Read the story below and then come back and give us your thoughts!



Sunday, April 27, 2014 has become a date that many in the state of Arkansas will remember for years to come. That was the day severe thunderstorms spawned a massive F4 tornado. This tornado spent nearly an hour on the ground – traveling more than 40 miles – eating up trees, snapping power lines and wiping homes and businesses from their foundations. The national news has made these small towns in Arkansas household names. The official death toll is 15, most in the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia.

The two towns are high school sports rivals with the same mascot, the Eagles. On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Mayflower and Vilonia High School baseball teams will play a fundraising game at Dickey-Stephens Park in Little Rock, AR. Dickey-Stephens is home to the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team (a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Class AA affiliate).

The game Tuesday evening, is free and open to the public, but donations will be collected by both team’s cheerleading squads and all proceeds from concession stand sales will go to those affected in the two towns. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. The first 1,000 to enter the gates will receive a free American flag to wave during the National Anthem and throughout the game from sponsor FlagandBanner.com.

Mayors from both towns will be in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pit at 5:30 p.m. and will lead a moment of silence for those killed in the disaster. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has confirmed to be at the game and it is rumored that former President Bill Clinton will also attend.

“I am so proud of the product I sell, the American flag. Since its inception, the flag has been a source of comfort for so many. You see it flown at almost all natural and man-made disasters. Just after the tornadoes hit in Mayflower and Vilonia newspaper photos and news footage began to show our flag being flown proudly as if to say, “Despite our differences we are all American’s and nothing will break our spirit.” Kerry McCoy owner of Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com stated. “Seeing men and women, volunteers and victims hoist the flag in solidarity brings tears to my eyes, even after 39 years of selling the U.S. flag. It is so much more than just a product; it is our past, our present and our future.”

Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com is proud to be a sponsor of this fundraiser and hopes that all affected by this horrible storm will benefit from the fundraising event.

Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com started in 1975 as a one woman door-to-door business selling the most patriotic of America’s symbols – the red, white and blue U.S. flag. During the past 39 years Arkansas’ Flag and Banner grew from that one woman show to a multi-million dollar distributor, retailer and manufacturer and in 1995 Internet retailer. In 2000 they officially began marketing as simply FlagandBanner.com.
For more information Arkansas’s FlagandBanner.com’s community service, philanthropy log on to their Facebook.



FlagandBanner.com will be one of the sponsors this year at Arkansas’ Pops on the River. The event is presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and will take place Friday, July 4, in downtown Little Rock. In it’s 31st year, the annual event has expanded to include more activities, additional hours, a bigger fireworks show and a larger event site. This free community event is the largest Fourth of the July event in the state as more than 30,000 are drawn downtown to the events surrounding Pops on the River.

Pops has continued to grow these last three decades in no small part because it has held true to its roots and continues to focus on a family-friendly environment complete with fantastic food, fireworks, Salute to the Troops focus, and music by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It is a heralded community event that many remember for years to come.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic music, plus there will be a “Oh say can you sing?” contest for people to show off their vocal talents with their renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The children’s pavillion area will be where kids can pick up 4″x6″ American stick flags (always made in USA!) to cheer with.

All attendants in the first few rows will also receive these flags to wave during the show. Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com will provide them for the event free of charge.

Military members be sure to pick up your discount cards, you will receive discounts from many area retailers including a 25% discount at FlagandBanner.com good for any in stock purchase. This is 10% more than our everyday military discount of 15%.

Pops on the River has become an Arkansas tradition for the July 4th holiday and this year is particularly special because it marks the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and it falls on a Friday night, so families can stay out late, enjoy an evening on the river and great music too without worrying about getting up early for work the next day!

Pops on the River will begin at noon in the River Market area of downtown Little Rock with free activities for kids in the Kid’s Pavilion, a classic car show, a marketplace for shopping, food trucks and entertainment for all ages.

New this year is our Military Appreciation Program where all military (active or retired) can receive special discounts and promotions at the event and after the event. Check in at the main gate once you arrive.

Entertainment inside the Riverfest Amphitheater will include Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, Oh Say! Can you Sing? contest, live music and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Philip Man will conduct this year’s performance. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. and are shot off the Main Street Bridge.

The event is free to the public and a portion of the proceeds benefit a local charity. This year’s benefiting charity is Our House Children’s Programs.

Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com is proud to be a sponsor of this great Arkansas patriotic tradition and we hope to see you there!

Below are a few products you might want to grab for your own personal celebrations during the 4th of July weekend or some great patriotic apparel to wear to Pops on the River this year!



Sunday, April 27, 2014 all of us in Arkansas were glued to weather radios, TV and the internet tracking heavy storms with potential for tornadoes. Unfortunately the potential became reality. A single twister cut a nearly mile wide swath across central Arkansas. The tornado appears to have started in Pulaski county, just west of Little Rock and ripped through homes and businesses from Little Rock, Maumelle, Mayflower, Vilonia, Saltillo, El Paso and a number of other towns and rural communities.

We at Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com have experienced years of these sort of storms but this one was beyond anything we had ever witnessed. Just one single tornado causing this much damage and being on the ground as long as it was. It was devastating to watch. Many of our friends and neighbors lost homes, businesses and loved ones to this deadly storm.

In an effort to help we have compiled a list of places to donate.

The Salvation Army

Give online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/arkansastornados or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Donations in the form of checks designated to ArkansasTornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 738
North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738

The following churches/businesses are accepting donations and recruiting volunteers to help victims:

Apostolic Church in North Little Rock:

Accepting donations beginning at 9 a.m. 4/28/14
Donations of tarps, flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food items, gloves, toiletries, chainsaws, blankets, bottled water, etc.
Location: 4315 Landers Rd. in North Little Rock

Benton Transmission Automotive & Tire:
992 Hwy 5 North in Benton

Better Business Bureau in Little Rock:
Accepting donations of non-perishable foods, water, tooth brushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, etc.
Location: 12521 Kanis Road 501-664-7274

Boys and Girls Club of Bryant:
Collecting donations of non-perishables, water, clothing.
Drop off between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Located at: 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.

Central Church of Christ in Little Rock:
Accepting tarps, bottled water, work gloves, flashlights, hand sanitizer, other basics.
Toiletries, diapers accepted as well.
Beginning at noon 4/28
Location: 823 W. 6th Street Little Rock (501) 374-2039

Christ United Methodist Church in Cabot:
Accepting donations and other items
Location: 15361 Highway 5
Call (501) 843-2302 for a full list of items they are collecting

Courtyard Little Rock North in NLR:
They are accepting any and all donations at their location.
Location: 4339 Warden Road

Gracepoint Church in Conway:
They have a trailer to collect water, snacks, gloves, blankets, etc.
Location: 1070 Markham Street

Haskell City Hall in Haskell:
Celebration Baptist Church is collecting supplies for tornado victims and workers.
Flashlights, batteries, gloves, non-perishable foods, baby items, paper goods, and water.
Dropped off at Haskell City Hall at 2520 Arkansas Hwy. 229

Holiday Inn Express in Maumelle:
Accepting non-perishable items for storm victims
Location: 200 Holiday Drive in Maumelle (at the Morgan/Maumelle Exit)

Holiday Inn & Suites in Morrilton:
Accepting non-perishable items, baby wipes, paper towels, etc. No clothing.
Location: 8 Bruce Street (501) 215-5925
Manager Cindy Roberson

Kroger/JCPenney parking lot in Batesville:
They are accepting monetary donations to buy items inside Kroger.
They are collecting items like bottled water, canned food, blankets, formula, diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

Marco’s Pizza central Arkansas locations
Accepting donations

  • Marco’s Pizza in Conway 2501 Dave Ward Dr Conway, Arkansas 72034
  • Marco’s Pizza of Cabot 2080 W Main St Cabot, Arkansas 72023
  • Marco’s Pizza of Little Rock 11601 N Rodney Parham Rd Little Rock, Arkansas 72212
  • Marco’s of North Little Rock 5007 JFK Blvd North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116
  • Marco’s Pizza of Sherwood/Gravel Ridge 14718 Highway 107 Sherwood, Arkansas 72120

Mayflower Middle/High Schools in Mayflower:
The shelter at Mayflower Schools is in need of blankets, cots, pillows and snacks. John Pipkins or Doug Jones will accept donations there.

Newport Junior High School:
Accepting donations of canned goods, non-perishable food items, and bottled water for the victims in Mayflower and Vilonia.
Weekly trips will be delivered to areas in need. Donations will be accepted at the junior high office during schools hours, 7:45-3:30.
Location: 406 Wilkerson Dr, Newport, AR

St. Andrew UMC in Little Rock:
Accepting donations
Working with UMCOR The United Methodist Disaster Relief
Location: 4600 Baseline Road (501) 562-1891

Sylvan Hills Sherwood Optimist Club:
Accepting donations for Mayflower and Vilonia
Call 501-835-5583 for details

White Treasure Chest Flea Market in Cabot:
Accepting donations (clothes, food, etc) for victims
Drop off at location 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon-Sat) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Sun)
Location: 3632 Highway 367 South in Cabot

American Red Cross Operated Shelters
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
1115 College Avenue, Conway, AR

Beryl Baptist Church
873 Main Street, Vilonia, AR

Antioch Baptist Church

150 Amity Road, Conway, AR

Oak Bowery Baptist Church
889 Otto Road, Conway, AR

Point of Grace
1070 Markham St, Conway

Mayflower Middle School
10 Leslie King Dr., Mayflower AR

To help with the free disaster relief provided by the Red Cross, please call 1-800-REDCROSS; make an online donation at redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.

End of Red Cross List

Grace Point Church (next to Larry’s Pizza)
Location: 1070 Markham, Conway
(501) 470-9811

Crossroads Cowboy Church In El Paso, AR
contact Monty Holmes (501) 951-5113

Bad Boy Mowers on Main Street in Batesville, in front of Kroger
Alyssa Lancaster at (870)805-0798

Items Needed:

  • Bottled Water
  • Canned Food
  • Blankets…
  • Clothes
  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • ETC.
  • Also, taking monetary donations and we will go buy items to send.

Chenal Ten Storage
24300 Chenal Parkway
(501)868-1188 Tammy Johnston

Lisa Academy in Little Rock

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
13901 Quail Run Dr., Little Rock.
(501) 993-1764

Donation times will be Tuesday, April 29th through Friday May, 2nd at noon to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

If we hear of more we will post them to this page.