All About Our Flag

posted February 10, 2017
It's been some time since we've updated our Parker Flags blog, so our first post of the new year is celebrating our own U.S. Flag.
Did you know the American Flag is the 3rd oldest in the world? It was first authorized on June 14, 1777 (now observed as Flag Day throughout the country) and it was first flown from Fort Stanwix on August 3, 1777.

Our flag is no ordinary flag. It was first decreed that there should be a star and stripe for each state (representing the original 13 colonies). The colors had symbolism too:  The red is for valor, zeal and fervency; the white for hope purity, cleanliness of life, and rectitude of conduct; the blue, the color of heaven, for reverence to God, loyalty, sincerity, justice and truth.

When Vermont (in 1791) and Kentucky (in 1792) were admitted to the Union. the number of stars and stripes was raised to fifteen in correspondence. As other states came into the Union it became apparent there would be too many stripes. So in 1818 Congress enacted that the number of stripes be reduced and restricted to the thirteen representing the thirteen original states, and a star would be added for each state that joined the union. This is a law that remains in place to this day!

Where did the name Old Glory come from?

We've all heard our flag referred to as Old Glory. That name dates back to August 10, 1831, and was bestowed by Captain William Driver of the brig Charles Doggett.
Here are some other interesting facts:
1. The United States Flag was first carried in battle at the Brandywine, September 11, 1777.
2. The Flag first flew over foreign territory on January 28, 1778 when Fort Nassau (in the Bahama Islands) was captured by the Americans in the war for independence.
3. The first foreign salute to the flag was made by French Admiral Piquet  in February, 1778.
Our United States Flag has a rich and interesting history. At Parker Flags, our flags are proudly made right here in the USA. Click here to see our vast selection at low prices (and shipped free of charge throughout the country). 

Flag Day!

posted June 14, 2016
It was June 14th, 1777 when John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia: "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation, " he said.  Since then, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag. Stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.


Independence Day Fun Facts

posted July 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, America! As we celebrate our nation's 239th birthday this weekend we've uncovered a few interesting facts about the 4th of July that we wanted to pass along:

  •  In July 1776, the population of the country was estimated at 2.5 million. Today, our nation's population is 321.2 million people. That's one big birthday party!
  • Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks. It was almost 100 years later, in 1870, when Congress made it official by passing a bill to recognize major state holidays at a Federal level. And as for making it a paid holiday, well that came to pass almost 70 years later.
  • The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
  • To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
  • Two future presidents signed the Declaration of Independence: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President). Both died on the 50th anniversary of signing the Declaration (July 4, 1826). There are 12 counties nationwide named Adams and 26 named Jefferson.
  • Two of our nation’s great national symbols were made overseas. The Liberty Bell was cast in England, and the Statue of Liberty in France.
  • Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. And so it's easy to see why July is National Hot Dog month!

You can look to Parker Flags on Independence Day or any day of the year for top quality, USA made flags. Large, small or anything in between, we can help. To get an idea of what we have to offer, visit our comprehensive U.S. Flag section.


Flag the Technology Crop Identification Markers

posted March 10, 2015

Flag the Technology continues to improve the management of fields from being contaminated with herbicides. It is an inexpensive method to indicate a particular herbicide technology placed on a field entrance or exposed location in a field. These flags are used as indicators, and are visible from the ground as well as from the air.

The objective of Flag the Technology is to reduce herbicide errors, and to help with responsible pesticide application. The preferred flag is a 12”x18” triangle mounted on a 6' whip-style fiberglass pole without a bracket. This is a slightly larger flag than the standard flags built for bicycles.

Flag Color System:

·         Red: Conventional (no herbicides)

·         White: Roundup Read Technology

·         Bright Green: Liberty Link Technology

·         Bright Yellow: Clearfield Technology

·         Black: Tolerance to dicamba herbicide or Xtend®

·         Teal: Both 2,4-D and FOP or the Enlist® technology

·         Black and White checks: Tolerance to dicamba and Roundup

Adding two or more colors of marker flags to the entrance to a field indicates stacked technology. To read more about Flag the Technology, check out this article written by Pam Smith at AgWeb Powered by Farm Journal

Newly added to the flag color technology system, are the teal and checkered flags seen above. These brand new flags, can be custom ordered through Parker Flags.

If you have any questions about the Flag the Technology program or marker flags for pesticide application, contact us. Or, start shopping for Flag the Technology flags now. -See more at:


Vexillology | Study of Flags

posted February 10, 2015


The word comes from the Latin word vexillum ("flag") and the Greek suffix -logia ("study").  

Vexillology is the "scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags.
Vexillography is the art of designing flags; a person who designs flags is a vexillographer.
A person who studies flags is a vexillologist.  
A person who simply likes, admires, or enjoys flags is a vexillophile.

The flag of the North American Vexillological Association. The colors are those found in the flags of the United States of America and Canada. The inverted white chevron forms a “V” for “vexillology.”