US Flag Oceanside

Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day – Monday May 29

Well, the good weather has finally arrived here in San Diego and with it comes the unofficial start of our summer season, Memorial Day.   At Sunward Flag, Memorial Day means it’s time to remember those Americans who died serving our country while in the Armed Forces.  We honor them by lowering the flag at Liberty Station to half mast at dawn on this day and then returning it to full mast at noon.

This prominent 20′ x 30′ flag flies on a 110′ flagpole in the center of a former Marine training center. The military and civilian people who now frequent this area’s parks and restaurants all honor and acknowledge the symbolism of this magnificent flag display and are proud to see it flying.

As the unofficial launch of summer, Memorial Day is a time to break out the grills, dust off the lawn chairs and take in a parade.  If you are in the San Diego area this Memorial Day  and want a bit of “local” flavor, be sure to stop by the 2017 Kensington Annual Memorial Day Parade.  You are sure to see lots of flag toting tots, bands, puppies, vintage cars and lots of good old American spirit.

Be sure to let us know how we can help you to decorate your home or business for Memorial Day and the flag days ahead!

Kensington Memorial Day Parade(photos from kensington memorial day parade)

Nylon or Poly? Which Flag is the One for You?

American flags are widely produced in two main materials: nylon and polyester. They both have their benefits and their weaknesses, and each is best for certain environments and uses. Both Fabrics are good, but they have their differences.
Nylon or Poly

Look and Feel:
Nylon is lightweight and shiny. Its texture is slightly rough, and somewhere between fabric and plastic. On the other hand, polyester has a completely matte surface. It looks and feels like cotton, rougher and heavier than nylon and without a hint of shine.

Frequency of Flight:
When choosing between a nylon flag and a polyester flag, it is important to consider whether the flag will be outside 24 hours a day, from sunrise to sunset or just on holidays. In general, polyester is a better and more durable choice for more frequently flown flags. Nylon Flags are lighter weight than polyester – so are great for the occasional outing, as they are easier to fly.

Nylon is lighter than polyester, and therefore flies more easily in areas without high winds. It is a better choice for areas like the suburbs. However, if you live by the sea or in another place with high winds and wet weather, polyester is a better choice. Polyester Flags are slightly heavier, but are more resistant to weather conditions. These are great as something you may want to leave outside for short periods of time.

For example:
•If you wanted to have a flag to tie to a pole, like perhaps for your club or group, a nylon flag would be the better choice, as the lighter weight requires minimal wind to make them fly.

•If you wanted to have a flag to hold, or wrap around yourself at a Chargers game (Editors Note: IN SAN DIEGO! GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT L.A. BUSINESS), a polyester flag would be a better choice, as it is slightly stronger, and more weather resistant.

However – if you are buying a flag to hang in your bedroom, lounge room, shed or any other indoor place – either fabric is fine.