Proud to be in the Rose Parade!

This years, 127th Tournament of Roses Parade will highlight the National Park Service Centennial anniversary with park-themed floats, and an equestrian unit.
The theme for the Rose Parade, “Find Your Adventure,” honors the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Parade float designers are encouraged to use America’s national, cultural, and historical parks as inspiration. The Rose Parade will take place on January 1, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif.

We are proud to have made the four Custom Flags that will be on the National Park Service float this year. One is the beautiful National Park Service logo (shown below), this is a Swallowtail style flag and it is all appliqued sewn construction. The other three flags are, 2016 National Park Service Centennial, Find Your Park, Yosemite Conservancy. These are printed flags. All are 4 x 6 ft. size and double sided.

National Park Service Flag National Park Service Flag.

Click here to read more about the National Park Service and the Rose Parade visit their website

Red White and Blue Rice Krispy Treats

Who doesn’t LOVE Rice Krispy Treats? Always a hit as any celebration.

Red White And Blue Rice Krispy Treats

Red White & Blue Rice Krisby Treats


6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 Bags, 10 oz – marshmallows
12 cups Kelloggs Rice Krispies cereal
Red and Blue food coloring


Make 3 small batches. In large saucepan melt 1/3 or 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add 1/3 of the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add Blue, Red or No color to each third of the ingredients. Add 1/3 of the Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. Transfer each mixture to a separate bowl.
Using buttered spatula or wax paper loosely press each mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Each layer should be about 1″ tall. Cool and Serve.

Patriotic Layered Cookies -

Need a big batch of cookies for a Patriotic Celebration?
Patriotic Layered Cookies
We will admit that Patriotic layered cookies are not the quickest or easiest batch of cookies to make, but we find the end result worth the effort. It also helps that a lot of the recipe time is inactive, and that each batch makes a ton of cookies. Yield: 50-60 cookies, depending on how you slice.

These patriotic cookies are colored red, white, and blue with raspberry preserves between each dense and almond-flavored cookie layer. They’re topped with white chocolate and red sanding sugar for a festive treat that will feed a crowd!
• 4 eggs, separated
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 8-oz container almond paste
• 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
• 1 tsp almond extract
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• Red and blue food coloring
• 1 cup raspberry preserves
• 8 oz white chocolate chips
• Red sanding sugar or other sprinkles for decoration


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9″ x 13″ rectangular pan, then press parchment paper to bottom of pan, leaving enough excess paper sticking up along the 9″ sides so that you can lift cookie layer by them after baking. Grease top side of parchment paper, and set pan aside.
2. Beat egg whites on medium-high speed using a mixer for several minutes until peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup of the sugar to the egg whites until mixture holds stiff peaks, approximately 2-3 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, add almond paste and remaining 3/4 cup sugar and mix on medium speed until almond paste is broken up and both ingredients are well combined. Add butter and mix for a few minutes until light and creamy. Pour in egg yolks and almond extract and mix for another few minutes. Lower mixer speed to low and add flour and salt. Beat until dry ingredients are just mixed in.
4. Pour half of egg white mixture into butter mixture and fold in. Repeat with remaining half of egg white mixture.
5. Separate dough into three equal sections and place each in a separate bowl. Add red coloring to one bowl, blue coloring to another, and leave one bowl as-is. Stir in coloring to the two bowls.
6. Spread dough from one of the bowls into the prepared baking pan and smooth top (batter layer will be very thinly-spread). Bake for 8-10 minutes (mine took about 8), until batter has just set and a toothpick comes out clean. Using excess parchment paper sticking out from beneath the cookie layer, lift layer out of pan and place on wire rack to cool. Press new parchment paper into pan and grease top, leaving excess on two sides as before. Bake next layer in the same manner as the first. Once done, repeat steps with remaining layer.
7. Heat raspberry preserves in a small saucepan set over low heat until mixture is slightly heated throughout. You may strain preserves once heated, but I’ve found it doesn’t detract from the cookies if you proceed without straining. Once cookies layers have cooled, invert the blue layer onto a sheet of parchment paper, and peel off parchment paper that used to be on the bottom of the layer. Spread half of raspberry preserves evenly over blue layer, then invert white layer on top. Peel parchment paper from top side and evenly spread second half of raspberry preserves over layer. Invert the red layer on top and peel off parchment paper. Place a new layer of parchment paper over top of red layer, and wrap cookie layers with plastic wrap. Place a baking sheet on top of cookie layers to weigh it down slightly and refrigerate overnight (or at least four hours).
8. Once cookie layers have chilled, remove from refrigerator. Trim the sides to form an even rectangular shape. Melt white chocolate using a double boiler or in twenty-second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each interval. Spread a thin layer on top of the cookie “plank”. Sprinkle sanding sugar or other sprinkles/decorations on top of melted chocolate and place the pan back in the refrigerator until chocolate has set. Once chocolate has hardened, slice
(see note) and serve!
Note: Slicing tip – Flip the cookie slab over (so the blue layer is on the top) and slice that way, giving the knife a nice, firm push when it hits the white chocolate layer, which is right next to the cutting board. This should greatly reduce the tendency for the white chocolate layer to break unevenly as the cookies are sliced.

The procedure for these patriotic rainbow cookies is relatively straight-forward. You’ll mix up the cookie batter and separate it into three bowls, two of which will be colored (with red and blue, respectively). Each layer is baked and cooled, and then the real fun begins. Raspberry preserves are heated on the stove top and pressed through a strainer to remove the seeds. Alternatively these cookies can be made with apricot preserves.

You’ll invert the blue layer onto a baking sheet, and then spread half of the preserves over top. Next the white layer is inverted, then the remaining preserves, and then the red layer. After the cake spends some time in the refrigerator, trim the sides into an even rectangle.

Wounded Warrior Project Flag

About Wounded Warrior Project®

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a desire to provide comfort items to wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has grown into a holistic rehabilitative effort to assist warriors with visible and invisible wounds as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Tens of thousands of wounded service members, family members, and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs.

The 20 programs of WWP are specifically structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage their economic empowerment. Warrior families and caregivers are provided comfort, care, and education to help support the recovery of their injured warrior. All programs are provided free of charge for warriors and their families.

Thank you for helping foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

Learn more about how your support contributes to the positive and lasting impact WWP has on wounded servicemen and women at flag picture

Custom Miniature Flags

miniatureCustom Miniature Flags 70 Denier Nylon
70 Denier Nylon Miniature Flags mounted on ebonized staffs with Gold Spear tips.Please allow 2 to 3 weeks to complete your custom order.Please call 800-448-3524 or email to with questions and to place your order.
  • 4 x 6 in. flags are mounted on 10″ x 3/16″ diameter black plastic staff,

  • 8 x 12 in. flags are mounted on 18″ x 1/4″ diameter ebonized wood staff,

  • 12 x 18 in. flags are mounted on a 30″ x 3/8″ diameter ebonized wood staff

  • 16 x 24 in. flags are mounted on a 36″ x 3/8″ diameter ebonized wood staff.
    Prices below include all set up and processing fees when working with “Camera Ready” graphic files. See below for file requirements.

  • Single/Reversed Image
  • Silk Like Fabric creates a high quality flag.
  • Flags are hemmed on all four sides and stapled securely to the staff.
  • Black ebonized staffs with Gold Spear Tip.
    Gold ball available on 4 x 6in. size.
  • Table Bases available.
  •  Made in America!
Size 1-2 3-5 6-11 12-24 25-49 50-99 100-124 125-249 250-499 500+
4 x 6 in.  NA  NA  NA  NA  NA  NA  NA $3.40 $2.80 $1.95
8 x 12 in.  NA  NA  NA  NA  NA $6.95 $6.15 $5.80 $5.10 $3.55
12 x 18 in. $48.50 $31.50 $21.50 $14.50 $11.50 $10.50 $9.50 $8.50 $7.50 $6.00
16 x 24 in. $67.50 $43.50 $29.50 $19.50 $16.50 $14.50 $13.50 $12.50 $11.50 $8.50



Appeal to Heaven Flag

Nylon Printed Washington's Cruisers Flag

There’s another flag that’s makings its way on the flagpole, inside churches, and even on T-shirts. It’s a white flag with an evergreen tree in the center and the words “An Appeal to Heaven” written across the top. It emerged long before the Christian flag and was a predecessor to the Don’t Tread on Me flag.

This was the banner George Washington used on his navy ships to signal that their only hope against British rule and religious persecution was an appeal to heaven. Washington cried out to God for deliverance from British tyranny.

British philosopher John Locke believed inalienable rights came from God, not from laws of man. In his Second Treatise of Government, he wrote, And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have liberty to appeal to heaven … .”

To read this complete article you can find it at the following link:

Gallup Poll: Smaller Majority “Extremely Proud” to Be an American

PatriotDisplayAs Independence Day approaches, most in the U.S. say they are proud to be an American, including a slight majority, 54%, who are “extremely proud.” The percentage saying they are “extremely proud” is slightly lower than in recent years and down from peaks at and around 70% between 2002 and 2004, after 9/11.

Americans’ likelihood of saying that they are “extremely proud” to be an American has returned to where it was in early 2001, before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While slightly more than half of Americans are now extremely proud to be an American, more than nine in 10 are at least moderately proud. This suggests that patriotism is still very much alive in the U.S., even if the fervor is slightly less than it was after 9/11.

The reading of 54% in early June is about the same as the 55% recorded when Gallup first asked the question nearly 15 years ago, at the tail end of Bill Clinton’s presidency. This indicates that patriotism is not necessarily a fixed characteristic, but can vary depending on circumstances — most notably when the U.S. is under duress, as was the case after the events of 9/11 and the build-up to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We find this hard to believe because 100% of our customer are Extremely proud to be an American and they show it in their patriotic decorating. What do you think? How do you display your pride?

To read more of this article by Art Swift go to:

The flags are not illegal nor banned, just “persona non grata”.

Friday June 26, 2015


Hey flag lovers. By now you’ve probably heard that the Confederate flag is in the news and that most if not all the major manufacturers have stopped making the “Confederate Battle Flag” and Field Artillery.


Field Artillery (limited availability)


Battle Flag (limited availability)








The above flags have been discontinued by most manufacturers. The flags are not illegal nor banned, just “persona non grata”.

The other Confederate flags such as the 1st Confederate (Stars and Bars), 2nd Confederate, 3rd Confederate and the Bonnie Blue will continue to be made and sold.

The following will be available: Read the rest of this entry…

Annin Flagmakers updates it’s decision on Confederate Flags

Friday June 26, 2015

In response to Annin’s decision to cease manufacturing and selling the Confederate Battle Flag our Customer Service Department received a great many questions from our retail partners concerning the availability of other Civil War Era Historical flags.  To clarify, Annin Flagmakers will continue to manufacture and offer for sale all of the Civil War Era flags except for the Confederate Battle and Confederate Field Artillery flags.

We pride ourselves on selling flags that are Made in America.

Due to the current situation in the American Flag Industry we do not have American Made Confederate flags at this time. We are hopeful that we will be able to provide these flags again in the American Made quality and that we find other manufacturers. Please check with us over the next days and weeks to see what transpires.

Here is a letter we received from the National Independent Flag Dealers Association.

NIFDA June 26

Dear Colleague,

At a time of year when our industry should be focused on positive, patriotic messaging and “feel good” PR opportunities, we were completely caught off guard this week when the public and media turned their attention to another red, white, and blue banner – the Confederate Battle flag.  Local and national media seized the opportunity to put this controversial, yet historical symbol on trial.  Before the flag industry had a chance to deliberate, confer, or respond, the court of public opinion had already reached a verdict and large, national retailers announced that they would no longer sell Confederate Battle flags and merchandise.  We were forced to respond quickly and decisively. For many of us, the bottom line will not really be affected.  For others, long-time customer relationships and company reputations are at stake, not because the Confederate Battle flag was a big seller, but because our customers feel that their freedom to fly this flag or any flag has been threatened. The result of that opinion may seriously affect future business.

As we go into the last week of our busiest season of the year, we remind you that it is times like these that define us as an industry.  The symbols we produce and sell have historical significance yet impact lives today. We have been tested before by war, tragedy, terrorism, and change.  We encourage all of our members to reach out to each other for support and ideas on how to best handle the challenges we face together as an industry.

Warm Regards,

NIFDA Board of Directors