What Is Vexillology and who are vexillologists?

Posted by Accent Banner on May 14, 2018 9:40:00 AM

What is Vexillology?

Vexillology is the study of history, symbolism, origins, and uses of flags as well as any general interest in flags and what their history, symbolism, and meaning is to the people who live in that specific area of the world. The word vexillology comes from the synthesis of the Greek word vexillum which means "flag" and the Greek suffix -logia which means "study". This makes the world vexillology which means "study of the flags". 

Since this field of study was established there has been various vexillological associations that have popped up around the world. These groups are interested in studying the history, emblems, and flags that have meant so much to many people from various parts of the world. One such vexillological association is the UK's National Flag Charity which is entirely funded by member's subscriptions to the association and is currently the largest membership-based flag organization in the world with members hailing from all 6 inhabited continents. 

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The society's goal is to educate people about the important roles that flags play in societies all around the world. The UK's National Flag Charity was founded on St. George's Day, on the 23rd of April, 1971. The Flag Institute is proud to maintain until this very day that it has the largest national registry of flags established anywhere in the UK both on a national and a regional level. 

Anyone can be a registered member and will receive a quarterly publication called the Flagmaster and are also invited to attend meetings held by the UK's National Flag charity which is held at various locations throughout the UK. The UK's National Flag Charity is also proud to provide vexillological services to HM Government and many other UK organizations as well as others around the world including the United Nations. Our offered services to these organizations include advising on uses of flags, designing new flags, and collecting information about flags that already exist around the world.

For more information on how to become a member of the UK's National Flag Charity or to learn how to use their services please feel free to contact us

 

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How to Display Multiple Flags

Posted by Accent Banner on Jul 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM

If you have several flags you wish to display, it's important to display them properly. The basic rules for displaying multiple flags in the United States take the following order from left to right:

  • National flags first, followed by
  • State flags, followed by
  • Territory flags, followed by
  • Military flags

 

Here are the basic rules for displaying each of these flags:

 

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If you are displaying several national flags, you should display the United States flag first, followed by any other national flags in alphabetical order. For example: if you have flags for Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and the United States, you would put them in the following order (again from left to right when viewing the flags): United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Ireland. The United States flag is put in the most prominent position. If you are flying flags from several different countries during peacetime, all other country flags must be the same size and flown at the same height.

If the flags are to be flown in a circle or group of poles, the United States flag is always in the center and higher than any other flag, other than national flags. If you are displaying several flags on one pole (no other national flags are allowed), the United States flag must be in the highest position. If you wish to display the United States flag on something other than a flag pole, it needs to be displayed flat in a prominent place with the stars on the viewer's upper left hand corner.

 

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Displaying State and Territory Flags

The most prominent state flag should be the state the flag is flying, followed by each state, and then each territory, as they were admitted into the Union.

 

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Displaying Military Flags

Military flags are displayed in the order when that branch of service was founded. The order should go:

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Any other group

 

To learn more about the correct ways to display and maintain flags and banners take a look at our other flag care and flag maintenance pages and posts at www.accentbanner.com. Our specialists are happy to assist you with any flag care questions you may have.

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