June is our biggest retail sales month of the year. In fact the whole second quarter is primo.
This year I got smart and followed in the foot steps of the big retailers, like Dillard’s, and put a freeze on vacations during our busy season. This management decision protects the co-workers who would be left at work doing the work of two and it also helps the customer (I hope) by giving them ample customer service. The only bad thing, I see, is Spring and early Summer have wonderful weather conditions for vacationing. Oh well, you have to “Make Hay While The Sun Shines”.Flag and Banner
It is always permissible and desirable to fly the American flag but displaying it every day is particularly appropriate to show support for our troops when the nation is at war.
While it is considered inappropriate to fly the American flag in inclement weather, it is permissible to fly the flag at night if there is enough light in the area so that the flag can be plainly seen.
There is no special “war time” protocol for displaying the American flag during periods of military conflict, although there are situations that arise that generate questions.
The flag should normally be at full staff. It should be half-staffed for a designated half-staff holiday*, or by proclamation of the President. The Governor of a State, territory or possession of the United States also may
proclaim that the national flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a present or former official of that State, territory or possession as a mark of respect to their memory.
When a US flag cannot be lowered because it is mounted either on an indoor flag set or on a small pole made for porch or window display, tying a black bow above a full- staffed flag properly indicates mourning.
Use of a yellow ribbon has been an unofficial American tradition for over 100 years. Displaying a yellow ribbon indicates thoughts and prayers for the safe return of American forces on duty away from home. No official
guidelines for its display exist but yellow ribbons are often tied to trees and light poles or displayed in miniature on the left lapel of jackets or other clothing. When displayed with an American flag the preferred position of the yellow ribbon is tied in a bow above a full-staffed flag.
Note that displaying a black or yellow ribbon above the American flag is not considered a breech of Flag Etiquette because the ribbon does not represent another country or organization.
*Designated half-staff holidays are Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15), Korean War Veterans Day (July 27th), Patriot Day (Sept.11) and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7th).
Information courtesy of the Flag Research Center, Winchester, MA. and the National Flag Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA. For more detailed information regarding Flag Etiquette contact the National Flag Foundation at 800-615-1776.
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Today I hired my IT guy’s, sister’s, neighbor’s, boyfriend Chris for a new position in the shipping department. Wow, that is a mouth full!
You know owners/managers are always whining about how you can’t find good people to work. FlagandBanner.com doesn’t seem to have that problem. I am not sure why but I am sure of my method for hiring a new employee. First I spread the word among my friends and employees. Then I call a couple of temp agencies.
In the last year I have hired two new great employees from temps and 2 new great employees from friends/employees (well the jury is still out on the 1 guy I hired today but I have a good feeling about him).
Oh yeah! I almost forgot a very important hiring policy made up by employee Becky Gertch (sounds like church). She told me “Don’t hire anybody we wouldn’t want to have a drink with”. That doesn’t mean we have to or that everyone drinks at FlagandBanner.com, it just means we wouldn’t mind, if we had to.
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A few weeks ago I fired my daughter Meghan, from FlagandBanner.com. I didn’t mean to, it just happened. You know how mothers and daughters can fight.
After it happened, I decided it was probably a good thing. Meghan is 24 years old and about to graduate from college. What a perfect time for her to strike out on her own. You know, get out from under her mother’s wing and get some life experiences.
Well I don’t have to tell you “Life Experiences” aren’t easy. She was having a hard time finding a day job that would treat her as good as her mother did. Duh. So she has become a cocktail waitress at a nice restaurant and is loving it! That is not exactly the life experience I was thinking about.Flag and Banner
The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; Each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers. You can drive by this flag on V Street south of Ocean Ave. in Lompoc, CA. It’s a beautiful place close to Vandenberg AFB. The flowers are grown by seed companies. Between the fields where the flag is planted there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean.
NEW YORK — New Yorkers call it The Little Chapel That Stood. Across the street from the World Trade Center, St. Paul’s Chapel survived Sept. 11, 2001, while the twin towers fell.
Within days, the 18th-century church became a sanctuary for ground zero workers, who ate, slept, washed and wept in the chapel where George Washington once prayed. Outside, the church’s iron fence was draped in tributes and flowers left by mourners.
On display are hundreds of artifacts taken from the fence, including photographs, letters, drawings, flags, even such exotic tributes as strings of Japanese origami peace cranes. Some can be seen on digital archives, along with interviews of rescuers, survivors and volunteers.
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