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Home for the Holidays

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It’s that time of year! There will be hugs and tears, kisses and cheers as families and friends come home for the holidays. Some will drive just a few hours, and others are a train or plane ride away. Still others are a half-a world from us, deployed in war-torn, every-day-dangerous places. Amid the festive Christmas lights, yellow ribbons decorate trees, symbolizing the hope that soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, every one, will get home. Emotional reunions, joy and excitement mix with sadness and disappointment among families waiting and hoping that this holiday season, they will be together with their loved ones.

At Atlas Flags, we salute and honor our military veterans—those who have served and those now serving. So we ask that, along with the yellow ribbons, you hang a flag in your window, on your porch or on a pole in your yard to welcome your service man or woman home or to honor him or her in service from a distance.

Here are a few notes of flag etiquette according to the U.S. Flag Code. If you are hanging the flag flat from a window or porch, whether horizontally or vertically, the union—which is the blue field with stars—should be uppermost to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. And, what may seem obvious: when the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff. Even with the flag in lights—and we hope you will include it in those spectacular holiday light displays—the same code applies. What a great welcome home that would be!

We at Atlas Flags wish each and every one of you Happy Holidays. We hope you will enjoy and treasure time with your family and friends and celebrate the happiness and love of those dear to you. Peace and joy during this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Atlas Flags will be closed for the holidays

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