Most everyone looks forward to Fourth of July celebrations. Barbecues, fireworks, and feelings of patriotism abound. The American flag is worn, flown, and displayed with pride and enthusiasm.
While Independence Day and Old Glory are practically synonymous, several other occasions and celebrations involve our national symbol. In many instances it is appropriate, even preferable, to frame a US flag and hang it in a prestigious position in a home or office.
Flag etiquette is a fundamental element in a Boy Scout’s training. Most scouts I know are passionate about properly honoring The Stars and Stripes. An Eagle Scout may have a flag flown over the United States Capitol building or the Pentagon in recognition of his rank.
Don’t leave his flag on a shelf in the closet; bring it to us! I’m sure he’d love to have it and the accompanying certificate encased in a uniquely designed shadow box. What a wonderful way to acknowledge his accomplishment!
My grandfather passed away when I was fourteen. He was a veteran of both World Wars. I vividly remember the flag-draped casket and my stepfather, in full dress uniform, presenting my grandmother with the carefully folded keepsake. A burial flag protected and preserved in a shadow box becomes an heirloom to be treasured for generations.
Documenting Historical Events
We all remember the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac in late August 2005 and 2012, respectively. Some of our local officials have opted to frame the flags that flew and survived those storms. These pieces were done in acrylic cases rather than the traditional shadow box. If you or someone you know has an historical item you’d like to feature in your home or office, we’re ready to assist you!
We’ll leave you all with a look at “Allegiance I Pledge” by local artist Becky Fos, which can be found on her website BeckyFos.com.
Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing Fourth of July!