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  • Why Do We Have A "Flag Day"?

    Posted on June 14, 2017


    It's the holiday that really isn't one: today, June 14, is Flag Day, although few Americans understand what the day is all about and why we celebrate the glory of Old Glory on this day. So let's take a look back at the history of Flag Day, and perhaps clear up some of the confusion around this mysterious American "holiday."


    It all started on June 14, 1777, when our country officially adopted the American flag to represent our nation. That's the day the Continental Congress passed the First Flag Act which declared that our flag would have "13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."


    Although many people feel Betsy Ross designed the American flag, many modern historians dispute that theory. In fact, no one knows for sure who created the flag's design, but we do know why red, white, and blue were chosen: red represented hardiness and valor, white represented purity, and blue represented vigilance and justice.


    Flag Day wasn't really celebrated until a century after its inception, and it wasn't until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. Actual legislation was late signed by President Harry Truman in 1949, although the day has never been recognized as a federal holiday.


    So why even have a day for our flag? For some American households, this marks the start of the Independence Day period and the unofficial beginning of summer. If you haven't already hung a flag out because of Memorial Day, now's a good time to pull her out of storage and proudly display the recognized colors of this country: let's hear it for the red, white, and blue! Also, some cities around the country like Quincy, Massachusetts and Troy, New York hold an annual Flag Day parade.


    Here's some rules for flag etiquette as established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:


    *The flag can be displayed at all times so long as it’s illuminated when it’s dark outside.


    *It can be displayed often, but especially on national and state holidays and during special occasions.


    *It should be displayed on or near the main building of public institutions, schools during school days, and polling places on election days.


    *The flag should be “hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.”


    *When the flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be “flat or suspended so that its folds fall free.”


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  • Two American-Made Legends Collide: Jacob Bromwell Acquires Billy Twang!

    Posted on April 25, 2017


    We at Jacob Bromwell are proud to announce that we've acquired another American made brand, Billy Twang! Billy Twang Mercantile has been making fire-cooking goods, pits, tools, and rubs in the USA since 1992!

    And just who is Billy Twang? Well, masterin’ the manipulation of wood, charcoal, hot coals, and flames is a duty-bound skill; a true, authentic, and worthy endeavor. Billy Twang’s built countless fires—cookin’ meat to the delight of family, friends, and neighbors. His honed fire-cookin’ skills lead to simple truths and the discovery of the right purpose-driven tools. Those tools, tried and true, are available at Billy Twang® Mercantile, a purveyor of finely-made fire-cookin’ goods—all field-tested and flame-ready from the git-go.


    In other words, at Billy Twang you'll find grills, BBQ rubs, gloves, ash shovels, utensils and more--everything you need for grilling season and all made in the USA just like every Jacob Bromwell product!

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  • The History of the White House Easter Egg Roll

    Posted on April 13, 2017


    "On the day following Easter the president's back yard not only assumes the normal and rightful function of all backyards as a playground for young people, but it does it in no half-hearted fashion.... Any child is free to come and go at will without any card of admission, and they do come in swarms that cover the greensward and have been estimated at from 10,000 to 30,000 in different years—depending on the weather."
    —"Easter Egg Rolling in the President's Back Yard," The Washington Herald, April 16, 1911.


    This Monday thousands of eager tykes will descend upon the White House's South Lawn for the annual Easter Egg Roll. It's a holiday tradition that stretches back to 1814 (five years before Jacob Bromwell founded his company!) when First Lady Dolley Madison, wife of President James Madison, invited D.C.-area children to roll their decorated, hard-boiled eggs in a race. Only it wasn't held on the White House lawn, but rather the grounds of the United State Capital.


    This went on until 1877 when Congress passed a law prohibiting the use of a property as a children's playground after a new lawn was planted. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife, Lucy, then moved the event to the White House at the request of their own children, where the tradition has continued happily ever since. In 1953 Mamie Eisenhower proposed that event be opened to black children, who were allowed to participate starting the following year.


    Today the demand is so great to attend the Egg Roll that willing participants must enter a lottery online and choose a time slot. But the day isn't just for rolling eggs; from 7:30 AM to 6:45 PM there will be costumed characters, Easter treats, live entertainment, military bands, a Bunny Hop stage, and more. It's an extremely full and busy day, and a fun way for kids age 13 and under and their families to say goodbye to another Easter season!


    On behalf of all of us at Jacob Bromwell, we wish you and your loved ones a happy Easter or Passover!


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