Each and every American has his or her own memory of flags flying, bands playing, parades, fireworks, all in celebration of our great Independence Day holiday, the 4th of July.  One of the most notable 4th of July celebrations takes place in Bristol, Rhode Island, each year.  Since 1785 the town of Bristol has hosted the oldest continuous 4th of July celebration in the United States.  This year will be its 226th celebration. 

No doubt there will be many American flags flying over the streets of Bristol.  And they will represent the glory and sacrifices that have made our country great.  When you fly your great American flag, remember that it needs to be in proper condition, no tatters or rips. When carried in a color guard, it should be centered in front of the others and held higher than any others.  Displayed from a pole, the flag is flown at the top of the pole unless it is flown at half-mast.  At half-mast, it is carried to the top of the pole and then lowered to half-mast position.  When taking it down, it is raised to the top and then lowered all the way down.  On the Fourth of July, it is flown in all its glory, on top of a pole.  Without a pole to mount your flag, it should be attached to your car or your house by its right front corner.

In York, Maine, the home of Gravestone Artwear, Flags Over Maine Streets unifies this community by flying flags on utility poles over its Maine Streets during special holidays.  Michael Little, founder of this grass roots organization to honor his son, Army Specialist Kyle A. Little who was killed by a roadside bomb during his second tour in Iraq in May of 2007, started this commitment to honor his son.  His goal is to have an American flag flying from every utility pole on every street in the town of York on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.  Now a nonprofit organization with its own web site, Flags Over Maine Streets, continues to add more flags every year to make York, Maine, a town truly proud of its heritage and committed to honoring those who gave their lives for our country.

Gravestone Artwear is proud to support Flags Over Maine Streets.  Please check out its website at :  http://www.flagsovermainestreets.com/