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Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

Proud Display of the Stars and Stripes

Posted by innovativeip on May 20, 2011

With Memorial Day approaching, I, like many U.S. citizens, feel fortunate and choose to take the opportunity to revisit the meaning of patriotism.   According to Dictionary.com, a Patriot is “a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and defends its interests with devotion,” with devotion defined as “profound dedication; consecration”.  

Out of respect and admiration for those American Patriots who sacrificed their lives on behalf of our Country, the subject matter of today’s Patent of the Day is a device for proud display of the Stars and Stripes, appropriately invented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Patent 1,646,467

 The patented device extends the canvas of the Flag and maintains a flat plane display, preventing furling.  In considering Flag display, I realized that had forgotten the meaning of the colors of our Flag, so I decided to look them up.  According to USFlag.org, “White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”  It strikes me that these words that define the colors of our Flag also perfectly define those that we honor this Memorial Day.

Inventor’s create because they see a need.  Mr. Walton, in 1926, saw a need to enable everyone to look upon the complete image of our Flag.  Not a bad idea, Mr. Walton.  We could all probably benefit from spending a few moments in contemplation, doing just that.

Please visit www.innovativeip.us if you’d like to read the entire patent.  With respect for all who have served, and gratitude for all of those fallen, Innovative IP wishes all of America a safe Memorial Day holiday.  Enjoy!

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