Friday, June 29, 2012

Don't Walk on Our Flag...Celebrate it!

Floral Flag 2002

A week ago, my mother emailed me a picture of this flag...
...The Only Flag that Doesn't Fly!

The following information regarding this flag is from:

Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the Bodger Seed Company of Lompoc, California wanted to do something to lift the our Country's collective patriotic spirits. They decided that they wanted to plant an American Flag. Not just ANY American Flag, but a really, really, BIG American Flag. They were going to plant a really big American Flag using nothing but flowers. Lots and LOTS of Red, White, and Blue Larkspur flowers. 

For the 2002 Floral Flag, they planted more than 400,000 Larkspur plants. Each plant was estimated to have had 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

And here is a close-up of this flag

 A real beauty, huh?  I agree.  And, I know none of us would even want to walk on this flag!  My point?  Well, mom told me, that my sister had told her there were doormats with the American flag on them being sold.  And, there has been quite an uproar about this, so, mom asked me to look into it, and, to find out the meaning of  'Flag Day'!  Wha......? 

So, to begin, here's the scoop  on the doormats from

May 2012
(Lake St. Louis, MO)--A Vietnam Vet in Missouri wants Lowe's to stop selling American flag doormats at its home improvement stores.

John Kelly says when he went to the Lowe's near his home in Lake Saint Louis and saw a Memorial Day display that included doormats with images of the U.S. flag on them.

He says they're disrespectful to the flag that he and so many others fought to defend.

"You don't tread on an American flag. you don't wipe dirty boots on them. You don't walk on them. That's a patriotic symbol that represents freedom and the country, and the people in it," says John F. Kelly.

Kelly says he complained to the store management.
He says he was told the item doesn't represent the U.S. or the flag, calling it pop art -- and that it was meant to be hung on the wall.

Even so, the doormats were taken off the display shelf at the store Wednesday afternoon.

The corporate office says it planned to issue a statement on the issue.


  I would say, that I have to agree.  I didn't spend much time contemplating my decision to
'walk'-or 'not to walk'!  Without question, most of us already know that we MIGHT say,  "Oh, nice doormat, I'd hate to get it dirty!"  Then, we would carefully step over it, or to the side of it, but, we would NOT step on it, would we?  I knew you would agree!  I have it straight from the 'horse's mouth' (my mom). 
"Don't you DARE step on our Flag!"

Now, here is what I found on the meaning of Flag Day.
(Mom really knows the meaning, I know, and, you, my gracious readers know!)

In the United States Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.[1] The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

There's more to the article if you wish to go to Wikipedia and read further.
And, if that's not bad, (the doormats, I mean) get a load of this!

American Flag carseat covers!

I came across an article in the home and garden section of 'The Stir' written by Jeanne Sager.  She was appalled at the idea of patriotic carseat covers.  She said, (and I quote!)
"I'm talking car seat covers so you can sit on the flag and spill fast food on it, fart on it...come on, on long car trips...everyone does it!  And, she goes on to say that she is sure most of the people who buy these things are just 'well-meaning' Americans caught up in 'flag fervor'!

What say you, my patriotic readers?  I, uh, have a t-shirt with our flag on it...but, I've never spilled anything on the shirt, or wiped my nose with it!  And, there is so much American Flag stuff out there.  Paper products like plates, napkins, paper cups....I think some of us have used these items.  Is that Okay?  I think so!  Well, I'll leave it up to you!
...I just know this!!!  I will not step on an American Flag doormat, and, after having read that article in 'The Stir', I'll certainly not sit on American Flag carseat covers!  REST ASSURED!!!
And, now, the Fourth of July is gaining on us.  I know, I know, I reminded you last year to always proceed with caution when preparing to light any kind of fireworks.  And, please keep your car windows up...I worry so much about flying fireworks from oncoming vehicles-I'm sorry, but, I've seen it happen.  

Just be safe, and, enjoy the holiday...I care♥

Thank you for stopping by...I don't have a tip jar, but, will accept fond HELLOS!

"Off with your hat as the flag goes by.
And, let the heart have its say;
You're man enough for a tear in your eye
That you will not wipe away.
~Henry Cuyler Bunner

Thank you's go out to:
Thanks Leta for telling mom about the doormats!
Hi Mom, and thanks for the floral flag photo!
Thank you Karo for the great 'Hobo' dinner!

In loving memory of my brother, Stan
born on the Fourth of July in 1950
passed away March 16, 2007
'We miss you Stan'
Here's a photo of me and my brother Stan * July 1956
taken at Swope Park Zoo in Kansas City
We were at the children's part of the zoo making wishes!
My wish must have been a funny one...go figure!





  1. Oh, Susan, I'm so sad to know that your brother passed away and that the 4th of July brings painful memories along with the fond ones. I always appreciate seeing pictures of you at any stage of your life. I have a real problem with merchandising... period. Nothing is sacred. Jesus, crosses, angels, natural disasters, our nation's flag... they are all exploited to make a buck. What's next... American flag toilet seats... or toilet paper? No doubt somebody is already selling those products in novelty stores. I think the market is driven by well meaning Americans who get carried away with their patriotism. I wish you a safe and restful holiday, dear friend Susan! (Kathleen was delighted by your comment and I thank you for following her mother's story!)

    1. Hi Shady. Thank you for your kind condolences. I'm always a little sad around the 4th of July, but, I remember the fun birthdays we celebrated for my brother. It was always as tho it was my birthday too! What fun we had!

      You know, I think I've seen American flag toilet paper! What a crock! I do love our flag...but can't do carseat covers, even if they were in a shiny blue Corvette, lol! I was happy to hear from Kathleen and her mother...two wonderful ladies! Have a fun and safe holiday Shady. Thank you for stopping by!♫

  2. Hi Susan. Like Shady, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Hugs to you my friend. Wow, that is such an amazing picture of that American flag that has been planted up. Such a wonderful idea. This was a really interesting post for me to read , coming from England. With all the Jubilee celebrations, we have had our flag printed on virtually everything you could think of this summer, including door mats! It's a tricky one, isn't it? Hope you are keeping well, and have a lovely weekend my friend.

    1. It's great to see you Thisisme...saw you this morning on facebook. It's fun to say hello to you almost daily! Thank you for your condolences to my brother. He was a fun brother, and a caring man.

      I love our flag, and, yours too! And, it is tricky! Can't please everyone, can you? That floral flag is beautiful isn't it, and, a lot of work went into it. On a smaller scale, I have planted flowers myself in a red, white and blue pattern. A lovely combination! Hope your rainy days have stopped for now-Happy Birthday to your gorgeous Eli! And, a wonderful weekend to you my friend.

  3. Suzanne, that was exceptional, really brought tears to my eyes.
    My celebration at our Senior lunch was to celebrate June 14 Flag Day through July 4, Independence Day. Nell, one of the ladies helped me make up pins with the red, white & blue ribbon, and we covered it with little stars provided by Kathy, a Mexican lady, everybody got one to pin on, the table center was a double holder with the flag, and I did the napkins in red, white & blue. We had Cranberry punch with lemonade mixed with ginger ale, lemon slices and mint leaves. John the treasurer talked about the origins of the first 13 States, that was quite interesting, and the piano player was exceptional, he played a mixture of music which included "America the Beautiful" and the Star Spangled Banner, everyone stood up and sang and waved the flags, that's when I wished that I had my camera with me. I thought it turned out to be an exceptional get-together, inspite my run-in with the visitor. Wish we could do more of such things in the schools to make kids more concious of their heritage, but no fear of that happening, they don't even show the flag in the classroom or in or out of the school yard.
    So thank you again for that tribute.
    Love, Mums

    1. Hi Mom, I'm glad you stopped by! Sounds like you had an exciting luncheon...and, too bad you didn't get photos. But sometimes it's more memorable to just enjoy and not worry about the pictures! Just kidding-we always later wish we had them.

      Thank you for your compliments. Just one picture can bring back fun memories that relieve the sad ones a little. I love you Mom! Talk to soon!♥

  4. Hi Susan, beaut to catch up with you again through your post.
    Oh my goodness, no way would I wish to see our flag on a doormat so can appreciate your thoughts and comments in that regard.
    I love the flag of flowers - such a sight too.
    It's beaut you had some time in which to collect happy memories to recall in regard to your dear brother Stan. My warmest thoughts go to you at this time.
    I love how your Mom pops in and comments now and then - it's so loving. Cheers now :D)

    1. Hello Susan, so good to see you. Like you, I just couldn't step on a flag doormat. The flag of flowers is amazing...would like to have seen the real thing! My memories of my brother are happy...he was a corker! And, he always looked out for our Mom, my sister and me! Mom is a little shy of commenting, but, she always reads my posts and says she likes them...she continually encourages me to write.
      Thank you so much for comming by Susan. I value your warm comments. Have a wonderful week!♥

  5. not to sound like i'm repeating what others have said...
    but i'm sorry to hear about your brother's birthday approaching...and the sadness that comes with it. our memories are good...they keep us reminded of the happy times...but they also make us realize what we miss... :(

    love that flower flag! wow!
    you , karo & family have a happy & safe Fourth!!

    1. Hey Laura...when did you change to Laura.forestdreams? A cool title, I must say! Yes, our memories are good, yours too, I know.
      That flower flag is really beautiful, isn't it? Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you're getting your wood cleared up some, and, things dry out soon! Whoa...mosquitoes! See you soon-happy Fourth to you, Sam and Milo Princess!☺


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