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?
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.
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.
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
- 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:
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
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
- Bottled Water
- Canned Food
- 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.
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.
Found this awesome story from BBC about flags in the UK and thought we would share it with everyone here. Great information and photos too!
By Bethan BellJournalist, BBC News
Symbols, patterns and colours have been used for millennia as ways to rally the troops, frighten foes, inspire loyalty, and recognise allies.
Think Native Americans using war paint to intimidate their enemies, the clan tartan of the Scots, standard bearers on the battlefield.
Does anything fulfil that unifying role today – and does anyone care?
Country flags fluttering in the breeze are a common sight, but flying the county flag has been relatively rare.
They are, though, experiencing something of a boom.
Six new county flags were registered last year, the highest ever yearly number, and more than half of England’s 30 historical county flags have been registered since 2000.
A further 15 are in the pipeline, according to the Flag Institute, which maintains and manages the national United Kingdom Flag Registry.
So what is driving the movement?
To understand the point of county flags, the role of the counties themselves must be considered, said Dr Kenn Casey, a retired lecturer in social history.
“They give their names to clubs, societies, military regiments, and sports teams,” he said.
“But most importantly, they are places where people think they “belong”.
The Local Government Act of 1974, which introduced administrative counties based on the local authority, seemed to eliminate some counties overnight by moving the geographical boundaries.
But this is not the case.
Registering a new flag
A new design refers to a flag which is original but may still include elements of traditional icons and symbols
- If a flag has been in use, but unregistered, for a long period of time an application may be made by anyone. There must be compelling evidence of provenance
- A local authority may apply, but must detail the design’s relevance to the area in question and outline the intended use for the flag and the symbolism of the design
- A public competition can be held to come up with a new design
Source: Charles Ashburner, Flag Institute
An activist for the recognition of traditional counties, Andy Strangeway, whose campaigns have established a handful of new flags, explained: “On 1 April 1974 I was a young lad who had gone to bed the previous night in the East Riding and woke up in Humberside – or so the powers that be like us to believe.
“The truth is that the River Tees is still the boundary between Yorkshire and County Durham and the River Humber is still the boundary between Yorkshire and Lincolnshire today as it has been for over 1,100 years.”
On Saint George’s Day last year, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government asserted that England’s historic and traditional counties still exist, and are now recognised by the government – including the likes of Cumberland, Huntingdonshire, Westmorland and Middlesex.
The county flag plays a crucial role in promoting recognition of traditional boundaries and names, according to Jason Saber, from the Association of British Counties.
“The county flag is a highly effective weapon in our arsenal,” he said.
“A bright eye-catching design rippling in the breeze will attract attention of itself and invariably lead to an enquiry about what or where it represents.”
Mr Pickles said the widespread flag flying during the royal wedding, Diamond Jubilee and Olympics is evidence of a gradual cultural change in Britain.
“Flags deserve our respect.
“Not only do they convey power and status but they can create deep pride and bring unbridled joy,” he added.
Social psychologist Rachelle Dwyer said there is some truth in Mr Pickles’ suggestion that public celebrations could have triggered an interest in community feeling.
“Street parties and the like got people together.
“In a fast-moving society where it is common for people not to know their neighbours, there would be a certain comfort in rediscovering community spirit, and a reluctance to abandon it,” she said.
Can that alone explain the recent surge of interest in county flags?
The earliest of Mr Pickles’ examples, the royal wedding, took place in 2011. But the increase began a decade before that.
Flags deserve our respect. They convey power…but they can create deep pride and bring unbridled joy”
Eric PicklesSecretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In 2002, the county flag for the Isles of Scilly was registered after a campaign by a local newspaper, the Scilly News.
It opened the floodgates. In the next 12 years, more than a third of new flags were established as a result of competitions held by local media.
They generate publicity for the press, which has a vested interest in encouraging people to identify themselves with their counties.
A third reason, according to Mrs Dwyer, is simply human nature.
“When someone sees a county with a flag, their reaction could be “I want one too.”"
Envy aside, is there a point in having a flag, and do they mean anything to the communities they represent?
It depends, said Dr Casey.
Arms belonging to a county council may be incorporated into any flag, but they belong solely to the organisation to which they were granted, and do not, as is often assumed, represent the county as a whole.
But that very assumption means counties already have symbolic identities – Essex’s swords, Lancashire’s red rose, Yorkshire’s white.
Flag design guidelines
- Keep it simple. The flag should be easy enough for a child to draw from memory, or it will be too hard for people to remember and reproduce
- Use meaningful symbols. The flag’s elements, colours, or patterns should relate to what it will represent
- Use two or three basic colours, and make sure they contrast well.
- Do not use lettering or seals. Writing and intricate designs are difficult to make out and will be the wrong way round on one side of the flag
- Be distinctive. Flags too similar could be misidentified
- Consider how the flag will look flying in the wind or drooping from the pole. Flags very rarely fly flat
Source: Flag Institute
Worcestershire’s official flag, granted a year ago, features the black pear – the emblem borne by men from the county at the Battle of Agincourt – and a green and blue background symbolising the floodplain of the River Severn as it runs through the county.
The pears are already on the county council’s arms, Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s banner, and pub signs.
The Worcestershire Rifle Volunteers of 1859 used the Pear Tree as their emblem until 1908, while pear blossom was shown as a badge by the Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry from the beginning of the 20th Century until 1956.
In cases like these, where administrative counties tally with the historical ones, Dr Casey argues a new flag adds little: “There is no motivation to feel particularly passionate about it.”
But when the historical county is no longer an administrative one, a flag assumes a much greater importance.
“People still identify with those counties – there are still Middlesex, Huntingdonshire and Cumberland county cricket clubs, and a Westmorland cricket league,” he said.
A county flag can reinforce that sense of identity where it might otherwise become fragile.
People living in Cumberland or Westmorland, for example, now officially live in Cumbria under the remit of Cumbria County Council.
“If someone is told something enough, they will eventually come to believe it,” said Mrs Dwyer.
“So there is a chance a strong identity would be compromised.”
In response to the disappearance of their administrative county, a Huntingdonshire Society was set up to promote awareness of the historic county.
In 2009, the organisation was successful in registering an official Huntingdonshire flag.
One obvious exception is Cornwall, where the historical county and administrative one are the same, but the flag is well known and well represented.
Cornwall is historically a Celtic land, and is not one of the seven kingdoms of Anglo Saxon England: Mercia; East Anglia; Northumbria; Wessex; Essex; Kent and Sussex.
The peninsula has its own language and four elected county councillors from a nationalist party.
According to Cornwall Council, in the 2011 census 73,200 people out of a total population of 530,000 said they had a distinct Cornish, rather than English, national identity.
From this perspective, the Cornish flag is not a county flag at all, but comparable to the Scottish saltire, the Welsh dragon or England’s cross of Saint George.
So do any symbols, patterns or colours fulfil that unifying role to rally the troops, frighten foes, inspire loyalty, and recognise allies?
And does anyone care?
The answer to both questions, in Dr Casey’s words, is “sometimes”.