Today marks the beginning of flag season in America. Take a walk around Anytown, USA and you’ll find Old Glory everywhere: decorating the lawn, lining the sidewalks, in windows, hanging on front doors, and rippling in the breeze at the top of a flagpole.
Many of us fly our flags through the summer because red-white-and-blue holidays abound (Memorial Day is today; Flag Day is June 14; Independence Day is July 4; and Labor Day is September 4 this year). We have a better idea: Why not show your patriotism (and good taste) by displaying the Stars and Stripes indoors—in a uniquely artful way—all year long?
A few years back we decided to partner with Annin Flag, the oldest flag manufacturer in the US. Annin has been in the business of meticulously stitching flags in its own American workshops since 1847, so we knew we’d made a good choice when we commissioned three iconic styles of American flags, in three sizes (the largest is more than six feet wide). Since we live in the land of opportunity, we reasoned you should be able to choose the way you want to display your Stars and Stripes.
THE ONE WE KNOW AND LOVE
The US flag has thirteen stripes (for each of the thirteen original colonies) and fifty stars (one for each state). By order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was named the official flag of the United States on July 4, 1960.
THE BETSY ROSS
This flag with thirteen stripes and a ring of thirteen white stars is an early version commonly attributed to Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress. It was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 and remained the fledgling nation’s official flag until 1795.
This flag features thirteen white stars and a “76” commemorating the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. Dating from circa 1812, it is thought to be the oldest US flag showing stars and stripes.
All of our American-made flags are mounted on linen under glass and hand-framed by artisans in our own Passaic, New Jersey, workshop. Display yours in an ebony or white shadowbox frame and show your patriotism your way—today and always.
On this Memorial Day, we honor the memory of the men and women whose bravery has made our freedom possible. In appreciation of their service,
—Your Ethan Allen Style Team