The first Navy jack was adopted in 1775 by the continental navy. For a while, it was flown by the oldest ship in commissioned service. Since 2001, it has been flown by all ships of the U.S. Navy during the Global War on Terrorism. For a more detailed history of the First Navy Jack, check out this website or the wikipedia page.
The nice people at US Flags offered to give me a flag if I would put a link to their website on my blog. While I am thankful for their generous offer, I'm all set on flags. I have more flags than I have places to fly them.
Instead of taking the free flag for myself, I decided to offer it up as a contest here. I propose to give away a First Navy Jack, but the folks at US Flags said the winner of the contest may choose any military or US flag. US Flags will ship the flag directly to the winner, so that eliminates some hassle and you don't have to give me your address.
To enter the contest:
- Leave a comment to this post and write something about what the flag means to you or why the flag is important to you (whichever flag you choose to have from US Flags) or share a personal story about when seeing a flag has moved you.
- Don't worry, the entries will not be judged for content. I will use a random-name-picker tool to select the winner.
- When you submit your entry, you will need to provide me some way of contacting you. If your blogger ID is linked to a page with an email address, then you're good-to-go. If not (those with anonymous / pseudonym IDs with no email address), then please email me your name and email address BEFORE the winner is picked at random.
- I will run the random-name-picker to select a winner on Friday, 30 April, announce the results here on my blog and email the winner.