Flagpoles, or flagstaffs, have always been used in garden decor. However, with the increase in American patriotism since September 11, 2001, flagpoles have popped up in more yards than ever before. Small flagpoles are also showing up in other places. It is now not uncommon to see motorcycle flagpoles or antenna flagpoles, as well as garden flagpoles, flying Old Glory proudly in every size.
Traditional flagpoles are rather tall, and usually equipped with a cord for raising and lowering the flag. In America, tradition dictates that the American flag fly at the top of the flagpole (or at half mast, in times of mourning), with the appropriate state flag below it. Flagpoles are generally permanent fixtures, although the flags themselves are easily removed, and should be removed every evening, and in the rain (unless the flag is an all-weather flag). For citizens who wish to fly their flag continuously, the flagpole’s base may be equipped with lights that can be directed upward to shine on the flag, in accordance with proper flag display guidelines. Solar flagpole lights may be used for this purpose.
Modern flagpoles are available in a wide variety of sizes. Many flagpoles are designed specifically to be portable, so that you can fly your flag wherever you go. A good example of a portable flagpole is the telescoping flagpole. These flagpoles are full size when extended, but collapse to shorter lengths for easy transport. Another advantage of a telescoping flagpole is that you may simply collapse or extend the flagpole to lower or raise the flag, without having to deal with cords that can tangle or break or hardware that can make noise by banging into the flagpole.
Flagpole accessories are also widely available. These include the basic necessities such as brackets, mounting hardware, and rope, but also include decorative accessories. One of the most popular decorative flagpole accessories is the American Eagle flagpole ornament. Plain ball ornaments are also available to mount on the top of your flagpole. You may even choose to honor your own military service or that of a family member with a engraved stone at the base of your flagpole, giving the serviceperson’s name and service related information.
Whether full-size in your garden, collapsible and portable, or small and mounted on your vehicle, flagpoles can be found everywhere. Be sure to purchase a quality flagpole, with sturdy construction and easily available replacement parts, so that your flagpole may be used for years to come.