As American flag retailers, we exist in a unique space where we are constantly reminded of the bravery and selflessness of those in uniform as well as the everyday acts of heroism being carried out by ordinary citizens in communities across the United States. We feel lucky to have such a strong connection to the patriotic spirit of our country. Our wonderful Customer Care Professionals are the heartbeat of our company—they get to talk to our customers every day, often hearing stories from veterans, local communities honoring veterans, and nonprofit organizations making a difference for veterans.
There are so many ways to honor and remember the victims of 9/11. Most notably is to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum in New York City, NY, or to travel to Shanksville, PA or Washington, D.C. to pay your respects at one of the national 9/11 memorial sites. Another way to honor the fallen victims of 9/11 is by participating in a day of service, or in one of the many events taking place across American communities, large and small.
Smyrna isn’t a well-known Tennessee town. It doesn’t have the storied music history of Nashville and Memphis, or the railway and transportation fame of Chattanooga. But what it does have, is a lot of heart. It also has a lot of determination and a whole lot of community pride. Those characteristics were put to the test on June 2, 2016, when the town witnessed a shocking tragedy in their own backyard. That day, the Blue Angels were rehearsing for the upcoming Great Tennessee Air Show, which was to take place in Smyrna. The atmosphere was joyous—filled with excitement and anticipation to see the Blue Angels in flight. People watched from rooftops and parking lots as the Angels performed in the clouds above.
In October 1944, as the American army pushed eastward toward the Rhine, they approached the French city of Metz. This strategically-vital city, close to the German border, was surrounded by a network of fortifications that dated back several centuries and was key terrain in the earlier wars of 1870 and WWI. Hitler declared it a Festung (fortress) city to be defended at all costs. Among others, the men of the 95th Infantry Division were tasked with retaking the city and the forts, which they did after heavy fighting. The German commanding general, Lt.-Gen. Heinrich Kittel, who was captured by men of the Division’s 377th Infantry Regiment, said the men who took the city must have been made of Iron, resulting in its nickname, ‘the Iron Men of Metz.’
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” - Winston S. Churchill
It’s true. For many of us, just being in the presence of these huge, gentle animals brings our blood pressure down, makes our stresses recede and makes us feel a bit more grounded and calm. This was apparent to Army infantry veteran Steven Baldwin; back in 2014, he took his two horses and founded Front Range Ranch and Rescue on 33 leased acres south of Fort Collins, Colorado.
For over a decade, thousands of people have been participating in Challenge Walk MS. This unique experience offers participants the chance to embrace a personal challenge of spirit and strength, while making an important difference in the lives of people with MS. Challenge Walk MS takes place in Savannah, GA; Cambridge, MD; St. Louis, MO; San Diego, CA; Green Lake, WI; and Cape Cod, MA, and most events are 50 miles over three days. This endurance walk is dedicated to fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with a minimum fundraising level for each walk.
For over 100 years, Phi Beta Sigma has been integral to the African-American community and its New Orleans chapter, Theta Beta Sigma, has a rich history of community engagement and service in New Orleans.
On June 17, Theta Beta Sigma conducted a brunch aimed at raising funds for scholarships and recognizing graduating male seniors with the fraternity’s Salute to the 100 Outstanding Minority Male Youth Program.
At Carrot-Top, one of the things we’re proudest of is being able to help communities with their town parks and memorials. Recently, we were able to do just that with Tyler Park in Dunn, NC.
Dunn is a town of about 10,000 people in the central part of the state; Tyler Park became the town’s first community park when it was constructed in the late 1950s. Tyler Park now boasts three new athletic fields, tennis and shuffleboard courts, a splash pad water play area and a “miracle” sports field designed specifically for special needs children.
Over the years, Tyler Park has been renovated and improved on, and today a Veteran’s Memorial Garden is the park’s proud centerpiece.
High on a hillside, a 760-square foot United States flag flies over Teague Park in Longview, TX. The flag overlooks a tranquil pond and fountain, picnic areas, barbecue grills, a hike-and-bike trail and an amphitheater where families enjoy live music in this sleepy East Texas town. There’s more to see in Teague Park than just that, however.
Several years ago, members of the local American Legion branch thought about the lack of any sort of memorial or remembrance of veterans in their area, and decided they should do something to remedy that.
The Historic Battle Grove Cemetery in Cynthiana, KY doesn’t let being in small town keep their patriotism on a small scale. Established in 1868, the cemetery has an extensive history and is the resting place of veterans who lived and died more than a century ago. For the past 15 years, local Boy Scout and Girl Scouts troops, along with their troop leaders, have placed Carrot-Top cemetery flags on the gravesites of veterans as a part of the Veteran’s Day program. According to Cemetery Superintendent Billy Grayson, “It’s thrilling to see boys and girls of all ages place flags on the graves of those who served our country long before the children were born. Having them here is like bringing the future to visit the past”. Boy and Girl Scout Troop Leaders thought the project would encourage community involvement and awareness, educate the scouts, and inspire civic responsibility.