Half-masting for Manchester

Following the explosion at the Manchester Arena, and the tragic deaths that resulted, it is appropriate that flags should be flown at half-mast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Further guidance should be issued by HM Government on Tuesday. In the UK you are free to fly the national flag at half-mast whenever you feel it […]

Dr Whitney Smith

In Memoriam: Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith Jr. of Winchester, Massachusetts, the preeminent scholar on all aspects of the history, symbolism, and significance of flags, died on 17 November 2016. Smith was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on 26 February 1940. He became interested in flags at the age of five and received constant encouragement from his parents, Whitney Sr. and […]

Flag Institute Adopts New Flag & Emblem

On the 18th November 2016, at the Flag Institute’s Council Meeting in Birmingham, the Institute formally adopted a new flag and emblem. The previous flag and emblem had been designed by the former Director of the Flag Institute, the late Dr William Crampton, in 1971, when the Institute was founded. The design commemorated the founding […]

Italian Earthquake

Italian Earthquake – National Mourning

In central Italy, in the early morning of Wednesday 24 August 2016, at least 240 people were killed when a 6.2 earthquake hit the region around Accumoli, including the town of Amatrice and the village of Pescara del Tronto. At the time of writing rescue workers are still searching for survivors amidst the ruins of the houses. Obviously current efforts […]