10 Facts About Flag Day

Flag Day

Flag Day is today, June 14th, 2015. Here are 10 interesting facts about Flag Day:

  1. Bernard J. Cigrand is considered the father of Flag Day. In 1885, as a young teacher at a high school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand put a small flag on his desk and told his students to write essays about it. He fought for the rest of his life to formally establish the holiday, according to the National Flag Day Foundation.
  2. The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960.
  3. The first time the flag was flown after being adopted was on Aug. 3, 1777 in Rome, New York.
  4. The flag’s colors have become significant over time. The white is for purity, the red is for valor and the blue is for justice, according to usflag.org.
  5. President George Washington described the design like this: “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”
  6. The first flag was probably created by Francis Hopkinson, who signed the Declaration of Independence. He requested “a quarter cask of the public wine” as payment for his design. He was rejected.
  7. Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag according to a pattern, which was likely Hopkinson’s. Legend has it she changed the six-point stars he’d drawn to five-point ones because they were easier to stitch.
  8. Sea captain William Driver gave the flag its “Old Glory” nickname in 1831, according to usacitylink.com.
  9. The current design of the U.S. flag was created by Robert G. Heft, who made the pattern for a high school project. He earned a B- at first, but when the government chose it, his teacher raised the grade to an A.
  10. There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing, but Neil Armstrong’s fell over.

Happy Flag Day! Which of these facts do you find most interesting or noteworthy?

A Photo Shoot to Remember… New Products Coming Soon!

Photo Shoot Day

Yesterday we had a photo shoot that excited us so much we’ve decided to ‘sneak-peak’ a few photos of the shoot… check them out!


We started the day with new additions to our Tray Table collection… A drop-leaf party cart set of 4, a folding buffet table, and bed tray work desks…



Here is a little preview of a new furniture line we hope to continue to develop in what will be the “Metal and Wood” collection…


A ‘live edge’ coffee table previewing what will be a new collection that epitomizes American made fine craftsmanship! Check out that Cherry joinery and legs! Not to mention the Maple slab top milled and crafted to perfection!

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