The Anatomy of The American Flag

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Okay, now that I have my marketing duties out of the way, I wanted to share with you a bit of Flag Vexillology.... I'm sure most of you reading this are saying " Vexillology, what in the world is Cara talking about?" Trust me, I thought the same thing the first time I saw that word.. Simply put and according to Wikipedia  Vexillology (/ˌvɛksɪˈlɒləi/) is the study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags or, by extension, any interest in flags in general.

United States Silhouette comprised of different State Flags

So there you have it, hopefully you learned something new today! 

Now onto the topic of my article. "The Anatomy of The American Flag" Here is a simple diagram that will help you identify all of the pieces and parts that make up our Glorious American Flag. 

Anatomy of the American Flag Diagram

A. The Header, the header is a strong fabric that is used to strengthen the grommets and keep them securely attached to the body of the flag

B. Grommets are a reinforced hole in the header for mounting the flag, they are usually made from  brass or another metal. The Grommets keep the flag securely attached to the hoist line. 

C. This part of the Flag goes by several names, Canton, Field, or Union. On Old Glory this is 50 Stars on a Blue Fabric (or in the case of Flags Forever.. Wood :) ) On other versions of the Flag it could have 13 Stars or 15 Stars depending on the style and version of the time period. 

D. The Fly End is the end of the flag that waves and flaps in the breeze. 

E. The Fly: This is the length of the flag from back to front. 

F. The Hoist: The Hoist is the end mounted to the flagpole. 

So there you have it, you are now an officially certified Vexillologist!  I hope that you found this article informative, please post your comments below and let us know what you think! While your at it, stop by the Flags Forever online store to check out all of our beautiful and decorative handmade flags, maybe you'll find something you love! 

All the Best!

Cara Dale



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