Educational Materials

The Brent F. and Charlene M. Ashworth Collection

Colonial Flag Foundation Executive Board Member, Brent F. Ashworth together with his wife Charlene Charlene M. Ashworth have developed an amazing collection of artifacts, books, documents and articles that relate the story of American history and culture.  Brent now shares his gained insights in a series of interviews entitled The Real Story with Brent Ashworth interviewed by  Bryan Hyde, which is available on the YouTube channel. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of our Real Story videos. 

United States Flag Code: On the national level the Federal Flag Code1 provides uniform guidelines for the display of and respect shown to the flag. In addition to the Code, Congress has by statute designated the national anthem and set out the proper conduct during its presentation.  The Code is designed “for the use of such civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments” of the federal government.

Prepared by the Congressional Research Service

Colonial Flag App

This mobile app provides details on proper flag etiquette and suggested dates to fly the flag. Status and instructions on flying the flag at half-staff are also provided. Other useful resources will enhance your flag experience.


It is available free at the link:

Our blog includes many topics about flags, there histories and stories.  There are also articles about Colonial Flag Foundation events and those who make them possible

Questions and Answers

Q: What do the color of the flag symbolize?

A: While the colors had no specific meaning when the Stars and Stripes was adopted, here are the meaning of the same colors shown on the U.S. Great Seal and the U.S. Coat of Arms as explained by Charles Thompson, Who was Secretary of the Continental Congress when both the flag Great Seal were adopted.

“White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor and Blue, the color of the Chief.. signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

Q: May a flag be cleaned and repaired?

Q: What is the correct way to destroy worn out flags?

Q: What is the order used to display the five military services’ flags?

A:  The Department of Defense establish an order of precedence based on the dates of their creation for the five military services, which is used for many purposes including the order of march in parades and the order for playing the songs of the services.  The same order of precedence is used when the flags are display together in a line.  The order is: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard is actually older than the Air Force, but it is part of Homeland Security that is junior to the Department of Defense.

Flag Historical Items

Fly the flags, which have flown over your state. Colonial Flag Foundation has produced sets of Historical Flags that have flown over states where Healing Field® & Field of Honor® events take place. These sets include accurate reproductions of flags that tell the history of each of these states and add a new area of focus to draw visitors. Flag Pages, which are displayed with each flag, tells the written story for each of the historical reproductions. Sets are already available for California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. Other states available upon order.

Contact your  Colonial Flag Foundation Team for more information and pricing regarding this “Add-on” Package.

Starry Patterns of the U.S. Flag

From 13 to 50, the number of stars on Old Glory have grown as the nation has grown.  Each state, when joining the Union, had a new flag created.  Some states joined alone, and some joined together with other states, and that resulted in 27 official patterns of the Stars and Stripes.  We have sets of all the patterns and can individual flags can identify the admission of any one of the fifty states.  Each set includes history pages that can be displayed on stands next to each posted flag.

Contact your  Colonial Flag Foundation Team for more information and pricing regarding this “Add-on” Package.

Military Service Flags

Sets of flags for the 5 United States Armed Forces can include information pages that explain the history and symbolism of each.  Several Colonial Flag Foundation flag displays include these pages displayed on stands next to the posted flags.

Contact your  Colonial Flag Foundation Team for more information and pricing regarding this “Add-on” Package.