TheFlagMan.org

TheFlagMan.org: Supporting Patriotism and Our Military

 
 

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TheFlagMan.org Is Under Construction We apologize that our web site is under construction at this time as we align our sponsors, partners and events. We have provided some useful information below and even though we do not have a completion date please keep checking back with us and learn more about us, our mission, Alex, Albert, news, sponsors, donations, flag collection centers. flag disposal and flag retirement ceremonies our Awards & Recognition, The Flag Man galleries and how to contact us.
   
       
  About Us:  
 

TheFlagMan.org works as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Oceanside, CA near Camp Pendleton. Founded by Albert to carry on his father Alex Kapitanski's legacy and tradition, and with help from a group of volunteer veterans and friends who have taken action to help the active and retired servicemen and women of the USA. Albert’s dedication to his father's legacy shows in many ways as he sacrifices so much of his precious time and money to promote our freedom by being actively involved with military, police, fire departments, ROTC, scouts and local communities.

TheFlagMan.org is run by donations only and receives no government funding. All donations go directly to support Our Mission:

Our Mission:
  • Providing American and state flags for displays at thousands of civic events and functions thanks to our Ken Grody Ford sponsored vehicles.

  • To provide Flag Etiquette information of federal laws and the U.S. Flag Code regarding flag regulations and rules. The Flag Code formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag and it also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. We will be offering flag education for our youth, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and ROTC programs.

  • To provide Flag Disposal and Flag Retirement Ceremony information and services which includes us preparing the flag properly, getting the flag to the flag disposal site and destroying the flag by fire in a proper flag retirement ceremony. Please Note: - When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be disposed of and then destroyed by burning in a dignified manner as we do in our Flag Retirement Ceremonies. Contact us for your flag disposal or flag retirement: flagretirement@TheFlagMan.org

  • Maintenance of our vast collection of flags that include military, state and foreign flags from various time periods and battlefields functions and events.

  • Supporting our Vets, Wounded Warriors, their Families and the Families of Fallen Heroes.
 
       
 

What TheFlagMan.org Does?

Community Event Flag Support/Sponsorship

TheFlagMan.org Community Event SupportFor over 75 years we have been devoted to providing U.S., state flags and military flags of all kinds for ceremonies, memorials, special events, dedications, company parties and parades. Alex ' The Flag Man' Kapitanski's work has been recognized by the pope, state senators and several presidents and today we carry on this dedication by providing flags and patriotism around the nation. We provide all sorts of flags and banners for special events, local groups and local businesses.

"I'm very proud of our work and I'm sure my dad, if he was here today, he would be very proud that we're promoting patriotism to the fullest" - Albert Kapitanski.


Need Flags At Your Event?
To have your event considered for Flag Sponsorship we need a little information first and an email must be completed and sent via email to marketing@TheFlagMan.org. Please include the following Event Details:
  • Event Name
  • Event Date
  • Event Physical Address
  • Event Time and Activities
  • Our Flag Set Up Time
  • Our Flag Tear Down Time
  • Did we participate in this event last year? If YES, what changes would you like to see?
  • List other sponsors
  • Have you contacted the Press & Media? If YES, please list them.
Please Note: Our flag inventory is limited so we try to do as many events as possible with our current inventory and staffing. Many holidays and events are booked up weeks and months in advance. If you have a very important event please contact us quickly. Unfortunately, we will not be able to sponsor and attend every flag event request received, however you will be notified regardless of whether we can participate or not. Thank you for your interest! We look forward to learning more about your special event!
   
   

Flag Collection Centers

TheFlagMan.org Flag Retirement Services

At our many events we are always being being asked, "What can be done with my old flag that is worn and tattered?" In conjunction with many businesses and groups throughout the years we provide Flag Collection, Flag Disposal and Flag Retirement Services which includes preparing the flag properly, getting the flag to the flag disposal site and destroying the flag by fire in a proper flag retirement ceremony.

As a proud member of the City of Oceanside's ROAD TO ZERO WASTE PROGRAM and we have partnered with various businesses and locations around San Diego County helping us collect and gather flags for recycling or disposal of all - USA flags, Ca. state flags and all Military flags. We ask that you follow these steps for turning in old flags to these collection locations:

> Fold or roll up the flag(s).
> Place the flag individually into a plastic bag of any kind.
> Call the Flag Collection location and confirm their hours of operation and confirm their address and directions.
> When arriving at the Flag Collection location please tell them: "I am here to retire a flag" and hand them the plastic bag with the flag inside.
> Please contact us to become a Flag Collection location.

Please Note: - We thank you in advance for this patriotic help and ask you to remember that these are places of business that are helping us with this project and they need to keep their businesses running


Current Flag Collection Centers

We are collecting all USA flags, California state flags and all Military flags.

North San Diego County Flag Collection Centers

     

Coastal Flag Collection Centers

   
     

H& M Military Supplies

MainStreet Oceanside

Johnson's Sporting Goods

301 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA. 92054
701 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA. 92054
202 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA. 92054

(760) 722-1029

(760) 754-4547

(760) 722-2211

     

   

Flag Retirement Services

TheFlagMan.org Flag Retirement Services

At our many events we are always being being asked, "What can be done with my old flag that is worn and tattered?" In conjunction with many businesses and groups throughout the years we provide Flag Disposal and Flag Retirement Services which includes preparing the flag properly, getting the flag to the flag disposal site and destroying the flag by fire in a proper flag retirement ceremony.
Please Note: - Some flag color lightening, due to exposure to the sun, is natural, and will not affect the usability of the flag but visually it is not a strong representation of our country or a strong symbol. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be disposed of and then destroyed by burning in a dignified manner as we do in our Flag Retirement Ceremonies. Contact us for your flag disposal or flag retirement: flagretirement@TheFlagMan.org





TheFlagMan.org Flag Retirement Services NOTE: We do not condone displaying a tattered or torn flag in any way!

Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, contains rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag. While the federal code contains no penalties for misusing the flag, states have their own flag codes and may impose penalties. The language of the federal code makes clear that the flag is a living symbol.

If one considers the flag "a living symbol", then what purpose does the cutting, tearing, soiling or trashing of the living symbol provide? It was designed and manufactured to be flown as a single unit, it has spent its entire life flying in dignity as a single unit, and it deserves to be retired as the whole that it has always been while representing this great country of ours.



TheFlagMan.org Flag Retirement ServicesWith these facts and more having been researched and processed to come to proper terms as to the most dignified and respectful manner in which to retire a United States Flag, our designed Flag Retirement Ceremony has been performed with many local groups for a number of years such as The American Legion, Kiwanis, Weblos, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and local fire departments. Dignitaries, retired military and just plain folk have attended theses ceremonies and all have departed with a heartfelt sense of pride for the flags that were retired and many with a tear in their eye from the emotion swelling in them as they see these young men and women performing with complete respect and dignity, a ceremony for the living symbol of this great nation, as it is laid to rest following a lifetime of representation of our country and all those who have served to protect and many who have given their lives for the opportunity for us to live in such a great, powerful and free nation.

   

We Supply Flags & Other Flag Accessories

Alex Kapitanski, the Flag Man of Oceanside - TheFlagMan.org

Alex started his flag collection with a few that he had gathered over the years and shared them with others. As the request for flags grew Alex reached out to America's very best Flag Manufacturers and suppliers of flags, flagpoles and flag accessories and what they could not supply, he made himself like custom flags stands still used today. We have continued these Flag manufacturer relations and found others helping us offer flags in a variety of top quality fabrics and all popular sizes, plus flagpoles, flag-related decorations, display cases and accessories of all types. We supply flags and flag supplies to retail customers, local, state and federal government, military members in all branches of service, military officials, veterans organizations, and many of the Nation's top companies.




We have every flag, banner and patriotic decoration supplies to meet your every need. If you have special requirements, custom flags, custom flagpoles or custom configurations, call or email us. We'll be glad to provide experienced, knowledgeable advice and suggestions on what will work best for you. We offer one of the widest selections of top quality American Made USA flags. We can come under your flag budget and with better service. Please consider TheFlagMan.org as your one-stop source for quality flags.





  • We are a privately owned business, started by a Retired Veteran.
  • We are working on our Non-Profit Status.
  • Friendly service, great prices.
  • Military, Government, Federal, City and First Responders Discounts
  • Quantity discounts!
Give us a call 760-828-5995 today for your flag needs. See Just A Few of Our Flag Items Below:



PROUDLY OFFERING FLAG PRODUCTS MADE IN THE USA


USA Flags
Federal Government Spec. US Flags
Flag Sets
Eco-Friendly USA Flags
Military Flags
We are proud to offer the first-ever recycled U.S. flag. Made of recycled water/soda bottles, this eco-friendly flag shows pride in your country and your commitment to the planet.
All USA Made
Sizes, Widths and Grommets
Complete Flag Sets
Made of recycled water/soda bottles!
All Branches
State Flags
International Flags
Decorative Flags
Flag Poles and Kits
USA Feather Flags
Telescoping Flag Poles
Memorial
Motorcycle Patriotic Flags
Patriotic Car Flags
USA Stick Flags
Telescoping Flag Poles
Memorial Flags
Motorcycle Flags
Patriotic CarFlags
USA Stick Flags
Patriotic Hats
Patriotic Shirts
Patriotic T-Shirts
Ladies Patriotic TShirts
Patriotic Ties
USA Flag hat
Woven Military Medals US Flag Shirt
Patriotic T-Shirts
Ladies Patriotic USA Flag T-Shirts
 
 
       
 

TheFlagMan.org Donations


TheFlagMan.org's Secure Donations with PayPal

We need your help! With the rising cost of gasoline, food, lodging etc. we can't operate at these various patriotic functions without your help and support. All donations received will be used to help us spread patriotism at various functions and events nationwide and set up our 501(c)(3) - Non Profit Status.

TheFlagMan.org is a labor of love for over 75 years, operating on a shoestring budget. Every donated dollar helps us participate and attend events with flags and other patriotic items. By donating to TheFlagMan.org, you help support our Mission and your contribution makes it possible for us to continue our flag education and programs.

Contact Us or even faster and safer send a donation / contribution check directly to us.
Please Note: All donations and contributions are processed through Albert Kapitanski, a family owned & operated business - TheFlagMan.org.

 
    Donations made in honor or memory of a loved one are always welcome. If you wish to make a memorial or honorary donation online, please use our online PayPal form's comment area and type in your memorial message. If you wish to mail in your memorial or honorary donation with your check, please be sure to include your donation check, the memorial message and your phone and email information. We will confirm via email your memorial message. Feel free to contact our Donations Dept. directly donations@TheFlagMan.org for more assistance.  
   
 
    We strive to keep our costs associated with the operation of TheFlagMan.org as low as possible thus maximizing the funds available to fund our many special events and programs and services offered by TheFlagMan.org. Know that very dollar donated went to support events, services and programs for our active and retired Military, Police, Fire Departments, Homeland Security, National Guard, ROTC, Scouts and local community events nationwide.  
   
We thank you in advance for your donations, gifts and compassion and we are privileged to put your donation into patriotic action.
 
   
 
 
 

About Alex Kapitanski:

 
 
Alex Kapitanski, the Flag Man of Oceanside - TheFlagMan.orgFor more than 75 years Oceanside's Alex ' The Flag Man' Kapitanski lived these words: ” Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime .”

Alex, served as a combat photographer and was a highly-decorated World War II Army veteran, as "not only a citizen soldier," but that he expanded that patriotism to include participating in "whatever way he could" for the rest of his life. As a young Boy Scout, Alex carried the colors for an American Legion Memorial Day event. He was active as a Boy Scout leader and often set up some of his flag collection at Scouting functions and at American Legion meetings. As word of his displays spread, he started getting calls and requests for his handiwork to grace schools, civic and military events. During his more than 50 years in Oceanside, he amassed a vast collection of flags that included military, state and foreign flags. He once estimated he had spent about $400,000 on the flag collection. This vast collection includes big flags and little ones, from various time periods and battlefields, hanging from poles, and some stored inside boxes and plastic bags.

Alex and Albert are known for providing American and state flags for displays at thousands of civic events and functions for over seventy-four years and since Alex’s death in 2010, Albert has assumed the role his father played, championing a reverence for the flag and the ideals it represents.

   
     
 

About Albert Kapitanski:

 
 
Albert Kapitanski - TheFlagMan.orgThe legacy of Alex Kapitanski, the Flag Man of Oceanside, lives on, with his passion for the American flag and his patriotism taken up by his son Albert. As a child, Albert would help his dad loading flags into his white van and go with his father to many of the events to help set up the flags his father provided. Albert stated, "My dad has left an impact for so many years on so many people. It's overwhelming to me."

Albert’s dedication to his father's legacy shows in many ways as he sacrifices so much of his precious time and money to promote our freedom by being actively involved with military, police, fire departments, ROTC, scouts and local communities.

Albert loves his volunteer work, “My work will represent to the younger generation what a volunteer does”. "It's the citizen's responsibility to improve our country." “I feel like I am helping my community, my state, my nation. I am motivating people, especially young people, to be patriotic, to preserve and protect our way of life,” he said. "I support all the presidents, our troops, men and women," and when they call me to decorate, I come!"

(Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle - Staff Photographer)

 
       
 
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  Awards & Recognition:  
  Here are just a few of our organization's achievements and accomplishments.
  • A vast number of awards and honors, about 4,200 that have come to Alex representing his many years of dedication to his country and the fact that his work "came from his heart."

  • Alex’s most treasured possessions - A Silver Star from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Bronze Star from General Hodges, and five battle stars.

  • Earned two Distinguished Public Service Medals, the highest civilian award, the first was from President Clinton’s staff, and the second from President Bush.

  • Meetings with former Presidents and honored by Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

  • A written blessing from Pope John Paul II.

  • The God and Country award from the American Legion -- which he received for "his strong support of the 53 American hostages held in an Iranian prison".

  • Defense medal from Admiral Hyman Rickover, known as the Father of the Nuclear Navy.

  • Alex and Albert have been called ‘Super Patriots’ by presidents, members of Congress and military generals.

  • Alex was made an honorary Marine for his many flag decorations at ceremonies on Camp Pendleton. The 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones, bestowed the honor upon Kapitanski.

  • Honored by Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Oceanside Councilman Jack Feller, Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis, Mayor of Vista Gloria E. McClellan.

  • Sponsors - probably the biggest contribution to Kapitanski's work comes from Ken Grody, of Ken Grody Ford in Carlsbad, who continues to donate vehicles to help us transport flags around the region for various functions, events, parades and ceremonies.

  • TheFlagMan.org Sponsors - Ken Grody Ford
 
       
  News:    
TheFlagMan.org - News/Press/Media
 
 

Oceanside, Ca.: Albert embarks on a Journey - To his father’s home town in Rutland, Vermont to honor his father & to New York for a Tribute To The Armed Forces, First Responders, Second Responders, The 9/11 Families and the Fallen of the Attacks On America

  Albert has chosen to do a nationwide tour with The Patriot Flag honoring all of the 9-11 victims, veterans, fire, police and all other emergency personnel in cities in every state of the USA. This tour is currently underway with over 37 states and over 115 cities visited. He will be attending a ceremony at his father’s home town in Rutland, Vermont to honor his father by driving the same Ford Van he drove to show the town members how Alex and Albert displayed flags at thousands of civic events and functions for over seventy-five years. The final leg of the tour ends in New York. The Patriot Flag will be retired at the American Legion Post 149, in Escondido, Ca. The idea for The Patriot Flag tour started because of a discussion at Alex's funeral Mass as a way to honor the fallen heroes and to not have them be forgotten ! Read More > www.ThePatriotFlag.us

Updates:

  • Saturday, June 25, 2011 3pm PST - Albert traveled through Utah and Colorado enjoying the wonderful sites and cities as he passes through. He is greeted by people have been waving and honking and giving a "thumbs up" as people appreciate the patriotic flag van lifting their spirits and American pride.
  • Friday, June 24, 2011 11:30pm PST- Albert coordinated with his local crew to manage local flag events and packed the van for his long patriotic journey.
 
     
 

 

U.S. Veteran Prepared to go to Court to Fly American Flag

 

Members of the local American Legion post joined Quigley last week in a flag-raising ceremony in protest at the homeowners association's policy.

  Published June 27, 2011 | FoxNews.com
  Video By: SHTFNEWS  
       
     
 

A retired U.S. Army chaplain is prepared to go to court to fight to fly the American flag on a flagpole on his front lawn.

Fred Quigley, 77, of Macedonia, Ohio, a minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, has been told by the homeowners’ association that his flagpole violates the property rules.

The HOA rules state that a flag can only be displayed if affixed to the home, but that would mean Quigley would have to remove the flagpole and put up a smaller flag.

"They said that I would have to downsize," Quigley told Fox News in an interview, and downsize he did. He now has a 14-foot flagpole flying a 3 foot by 5 foot flag on his front lawn, that he says "fits with the decor." His previous flagpole was 20 feet high.

The association has offered to fly the flag at the entrance of the building development, but Quigley refused the offer.

“If they can dictate to me that I cannot fly an American flag in America, then, to me, the country is lost,” Mr. Quigley told the Daily Mail.

Read More here: www.foxnews.com/us-veteran-prepared-to-go-to-court-to-fly-american-flag/

 

 

 
   

 
 
 

One-Armed Veteran Catches Foul Ball at Yankee Stadium

 

A one-armed veteran is enjoying the spotlight after making a terrific catch on a foul ball at Yankee Stadium.

  Published June 26, 2011 | Associated Press - On www.foxnews.com/sports
  Video By: FoxNewsInsider  
       
     
 

A one-armed veteran is enjoying the spotlight after making a terrific catch on a foul ball at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Kacer of Scranton, Pa., was watching Friday night's game with his 13-year-old nephew, Isaiah, when Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson fouled one back and to the right of the visitor's dugout. The ball took a big hop and Kacer stretched over a railing to bring it in using his hat.

Kacer got a loud ovation from the crowd, and video of the great grab quickly showed up on the web. ESPN showed it on SportsCenter.

Kacer says several people have stopped him on the street in New York to congratulate him on the catch. He tells The Associated Press in a phone interview the whole thing has been "like a wild roller coaster ride."

Read More here: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/one-armed-veteran-catches-foul-ball-at-yankee-stadium/

 

 

Look Who’s 70!

 

Jeep, a World War II veteran, is still going strong.

  Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2011
  By By Deb Acord CTW Features  
       
     
 

The first Jeep, made in 1941 by the Willys-Overland Company in response to the U.S. military’s call for a new light reconnaissance vehicle, was a quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive machine. It was practical, plain and had a gearshift on the steering column and low body cutouts.

Seventy years later, the luxurious 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit looks nothing like its plain ancestor, but the two vehicles do have something in common – the undying love of their owners.

Larry H. Morton is one of them. He shares the love with Jeep owners from around the world on his website, 4-the-love-of-jeeps.com

“When the real Jeep bug bites and the love affair begins, it is usually a lifetime romance full of interesting adventures and memories,” says Morton.

When Morton, a Texan, got his first Jeep – a 1953 converted military model – he was hooked. “It nearly beat me to death on pavement, but nothing I had ever driven before performed as well off-road.”

Read More here: http://www.contentthatworks.com/autos/overview.php

   
 

 

Driven To Honor Veterans

 

POWAY: Navy vet customizes car to raise awareness of military sacrifices, Kano William's tricked-out 2006 Dodge Magnum is a true sign of patriotism, with a large painted Purple Heart medal on its hood and shadowy images of troops at war and scenes from 9/11 on its sides...

  Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:00 pm
  By Gary Warth gwarth@nctimes.com  
  Photos by: BILL WECHTER | bwechter@nctimes.com    
     
  POWAY: Navy vet customizes car to raise awareness of military sacrifices  - Fox 5 San Diego Picture

You have seen customized cars before like in the The Fast and The Furious movie series or in your local freeways or streets before but not like this!

Kano Williams wants his tricked-out 2006 Dodge Magnum is a jaw-dropper, with a large painted Purple Heart medal on its hood and shadowy images of troops at war and scenes from 9/11 on its sides.car to also move some hearts.

Williams said he wants the car to remind people of the many Americans who have been wounded in battle, and of the many who still are in harm's way.

Kano, a military brat who grew up in a few different cities around the country, enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2001.

He and other troops were in an open Humvee at Ar Ramadi, Iraq, unknowingly parked atop a roadside bomb.

"The only thing I remember was the smoke and noise, vaguely," Williams said.

The blast threw Kano 40 to 60 feet from the vehicle.

He received a significant brain injury after landing on his head.

He was in an induced coma for 47 days. The injury left him deaf in one ear, a little forgetful and with an intermittent stutter, but he is strong, focused and looking forward to a new life.

Five years after the injury, he is a graduate of Cal State San Marcos and a full-time student working on a dual master's degree in health care administration and nursing at the University of Phoenix.

But he never forgot his past and the sacrifices of so many people in the military, including his father, Lee, who received a Purple Heart in Vietnam.

He bought the car last year and began customizing it, beginning with a Purple Heart on the hood.

Williams said he wants the car to remind people of the many Americans who have been wounded in battle, and of the many who still are in harm's way.

"I know as the war has dragged on, the support and the understanding for the war has dissipated significantly," he said. "I did it so people wouldn't forget that there's men and women still over there fighting."

Williams' father is among the Purple Heart recipients who have been affected by the car.

Sometimes I get a little emotional," he said. "I've got post-traumatic stress disorder. It kind of brings back memories of what I went through in Vietnam."

Both men said they've noticed that the car gets a bigger response from older generations than from young people.

"They understand it," Williams said. "They get it."

Williams said he hopes to have a website in July to promote the car cruise and shows he is planning. He also is looking for more sponsors. So far he's put about $20,000 into it, and he's planning more work.

By next spring, Williams hopes the car will be part of the inaugural Veterans' Cruise for a Cause, which he is organizing with roommate and Army veteran Jacob Ratliff.

Until the website is up, people can email Williams at Kano_Williams@hotmail.com.

 

 

 
   

 

Iraq Vet Hiking Across America to Raise Money for Military Families

 

Iraq war veteran, Sgt. Troy Yocum is traversing the country to raise money for military families and aiming to walk 7,000 miles to increase awareness about the issues facing returning vets, such as higher unemployment and an all-time high for veteran suicides

  Uploaded Jun 17, 2011
  By FoxNewsInsider  
     
 

As if his service to his country wasn't patriotic enough, an Iraq war veteran, inspired by a fellow soldier's email, is traversing the country to raise money for military families.

Sgt. Troy Yocum is aiming to walk 7,000 miles to increase awareness about the issues facing returning vets, such as higher unemployment and an all-time high for veteran suicides.

Yocum has received support from Modell's Sporting Goods and Party City and has thus far raised nearly half a million dollars in 13 months of walking.

See Video here: http://youtu.be/8nJX4lwR7Do

   
 

10th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony - San Marcos Kiwanis Club

 

American Flag Disposal and Flag Retirement Ceremony with Kiwanis members, military veterans, Webelos, Boy Scouts, San Marcos Fire Department and Albert Kapitanski of TheFlagMan.org

  June 14, 2011 - 7:26 p.m. PST
  FOX 5 San Diego: Reporter - John Langeler  
       
  10th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony San Marcos Kiwanis Club June 14, 2011 - Fox 5 San Diego PictureOn Flag Day 2011, at the Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos marked a milestone as hundreds of old American flags were formally retired in honor of Flag Day. The 10th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony run by the San Marcos Kiwanis Club members marked a milestone as they have retired over 8,000 flags in 9 years. With the Kiwanis club and other groups in the San Marcos, Ca. community have been collecting tattered flags through out the year for this annual ceremony, the U.S. Flag Code mandates the steps to properly dispose the US Flag and that destroying the flag by fire in a proper flag retirement ceremony. With the help of Weblos, Boy Scouts, the San Marcos Fire Department and active and retired military each flag was properly given honor, thanks and then retired in the fire. There were hundreds on hand for the Flag Retirement Ceremony and San Marcos Kiwanis event organizer Carrie invited Albert Kapitanski of TheFlagMan.org who was on hand to honor Luke Smith for his patriotism reporting to the Oceanside mayor a worn and tattered flag by the Oceanside Pier needed to be replaced. Albert, who is carrying on his father, Alex's patriotism inducted Luke as the first member into his Junior Patriot Program (JPP) and awarded Luke an Old Glory Flag pin from Alex's treasured Veterans of Foreign Wars ( VFW ) cap, a USA Flag donated by Valley Forge Flag Company, Inc., a Gift Card from Play It Again Sports (Vista) and a complimentary meal at the Chili's Restaurant (Oceanside) thanking Luke for his patriotism and good deed.

Albert stated, my father always said that “Our flag is the greatest symbol of the greatest living country on Earth!” and that American flags must be properly disposed and burned during a formal flag retirement ceremony, not just thrown into the bin.
     
  FOX 5 San Diego Video:
   
       
 

Watch this Honorable Ending Given For American Flags video and see the proper Flag Etiquette, Flag Disposal and Flag Retirement Ceremony procedures.

Contact Us for more information on Flag Disposal/Flag Retirement: flagretirement@TheFlagMan.org
 
   

       
 

Tattered flag prompts action from pint-sized patriot

 
 

8-year-old Oceanside, Calif. boy, Luke Smith of the Eagle Young Marines notices that Oceanside Pier's USA flag was all ripped up and tattered and quickly writes a letter to the Oceanside Mayor.

     
  May 25, 2011 4:07 p.m. PST
  FOX 5 San Diego: Reporter - Danielle Saar  
     
  Tattered flag prompts action from pint-sized patriot - Luke Smith May 25, 2011 - Fox 5 San Diego PictureOn this day Luke Smith, a 8-year-old Oceanside, Calif. boy and proud member of the Eagle Young Marines was was participating in a 5K run at the Oceanside Pier when at the starting line of the race he noticed something that bothered him, he said "I looked up at the USA flag and I noticed it was all ripped up and tattered". Coming from a military family and a member of the Young Marines, a group sponsored by the Marine Corps League, which promotes discipline, leadership, and teamwork, young Luke acted quickly and hand wrote a letter to the Mayor of Oceanside saying:



"Dear Mr. Mayor,

During my last visit to the pier, while I was looking around, I saw the American flag at the top of the pole waving in the breeze. I felt proud, then I was sad. The flag was all ripped up and tattered. I think it was disrespectful to our country and the people who fight for it. I would be pleased if you would replace it.

Thank you, sir, for your attention.

Your friend, Luke Smith, 8 years old"

When the Mayor read Luke's letter he also acted promptly because Camp Pendleton in the City of Oceanside, is a military town, and he told the city manager to replace the flag immediately, and it was.

The Mayor also sent Luke Smith a letter of proclamation, which Luke says, "I will cherish this every day, especially this Memorial Day weekend!"



FOX 5 San Diego Video:

Tattered flag prompts action from pint-sized patriot Video

Watch this Eight Year Old Has Ripped American Flag Replaced video - See how Luke used his Eagle Young Marines' leadership and teamwork skills to make a difference and wrote a hand-written letter to the Oceanside, Ca. Mayor

   
       
  Contact Us for more information on Flag Disposal/Flag Retirement: flagretirement@TheFlagMan.org  
     

 

Julia Dale, 10-Year-OId, Sings National Anthem At NBA Finals

 

8-year-old Oceanside, Calif. boy, Luke Smith of the Eagle Young Marines notices that Oceanside Pier's USA flag was all ripped up and tattered and quickly writes a letter to the Oceanside Mayor.

  June 2, 2011 Uploaded by WTFNSports
   

Local Miami Florida singing sensation Julia Dale treated fans to a rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami tonight.

The 10-year-old Fort Lauderdale native performed so well in her rehearsal three hours before the game that ABC's director made sure she would be part of the national telecast, the Palm Beach Post reports.

She already has a 4-0 record when performing at Miami Heat games. The Heat beat the Mavericks 92-84 in Game 1 of the series.

We hope to recruit Julia Dale into our Junior Patriot Program (JPP) and have her honor us with her voice and talent at upcoming events. Contact us about other potential Junior Patriots here: marketing@TheFlagMan.org
 
   

 

 

     
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  • Albert Galleries
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Alex - The Flag Man of Oceanside Galleries


Click to see Larger Image - Alex, The Flag Man of Oceanside Galleries - TheFlagMan.orgWe want to preserve the legacy of Alex Kapitanski, the Flag Man of Oceanside and his passion for the American flag and his patriotism of over 74 years and his son Albert is compiling pictures, videos and stories of his father and creating a visual gallery so future generations, our youth and Junior Patriot Program (JPP) members can re-live these past patriotic events and the proper flag etiquette of the USA Flag.

See below our first Alex picture & story contribution from Melinda Finn below.

Please submit pictures, videos and stories of Alex Kapitanski, The Flag Man of Oceanside for his Galleries HERE: marketing@TheFlagMan.org







Click to see Larger Image - Alex, The Flag Man of Oceanside Galleries - submitted by Melinda Finn
     
Alex setting up Palomar College
(Photo by Melinda Finn - Email)

 
       
  Melinda Finn's Picture Date: The late 90s or early 2000s    
  Melinda Finn's Picture Story:  
   

Hello Albert,

Attached is the photo I took of Alex Kapitanski. I believe it was taken in the late 90s or early 2000s. I took the photo during preparations for the Palomar College Commencement ceremonies. I was impressed by the beautiful display of flags and also by Mr. Kapitanski's hard work and dedication. I am sorry I do not have a more specific date -- If I come across the negatives/date I will send another email and update you.

If you could just include my name and email in the credit, that would be great.

Thank you and best wishes.

Melinda Finn
Email

 
       

       
 

Albert Galleries


Click to see Larger Image - Albert Kapitanski of TheFlagMan.org GalleriesAlbert has been following in his father's footsteps and helping set up, tear down and manage many events throughout the years. Here is Albert's compilation of pictures, videos and stories creating a visual gallery documenting his dedication and sacrifices promoting our country, freedom and patriotism by being actively involved with military, police, fire departments, ROTC, scouts, indian reservations, and local communities.

See below some of our first Albert pictures contribution below.

Please submit pictures, videos and stories of Albert Kapitanski of TheFlagMan.org for his Galleries HERE: marketing@TheFlagMan.org








Click to see Larger Image - Albert Kapitanski - Stitching The_National 9/11 Flag
Click to see Larger Image - Mitch Mendler, Wayne Louth and Albert unfurling The Patriot Flag
Click to see Larger Image - Lincoln Middle School honors the late
Click to see Larger Image - Albert Kapitanski - Albert at Casino Pauma hanging a 25-by-55-foot American flag on 11-9-2010
(Albert Stitching The National 9/11 Flag)
Mitch Mendler, Wayne Louth and Albert unfurling The Patriot Flag
Lincoln Middle School honors the late "Flag Man" Alex Kapitanski. Albert attended the dedication ceremony
(9-3-2010)
Albert setting up at Casino Pauma
(11-9-2010)

       

       
 

TheFlagMan.org Junior Patriots Program (JPP) Galleries


Click to see TheFlagMan.org Junior Patriots Program (JPP) GalleriesAlbert echoes his dad's desire to "pass on the patriotism to the younger generation" so he created a Junior Patriots Program (JPP) to reach out to the next generation of patriots by using the web and social media like YouTube, facebook and Twitter. Here is a compilation of pictures, videos and stories creating a visual gallery documenting the creation of this new patriotic program with kids that have shown dedication, sacrifice, good morals, ethics and teamwork promoting our country & freedoms in our communities.

See below some of our first pictures of our Junior Patriots Program (JPP) members below.

Please submit pictures, videos and stories of Junior Patriots in your community or area and we will consider them for our JPP Program and this Gallery HERE: marketing@TheFlagMan.org








Click to see Larger Image - 8 Year Old Luke Smith Has Ripped American Flag Replaced, TheFlagMan.org Junior Patriots Program (JPP) Galleries
     
8 Year Old Luke Smith Has Ripped American Flag Replaced
(5-29-2011)
     

       

       
       
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