For the patriot in your family, a great and unusual gift is a US Flag that has flown over the Capitol Building in Washington DC. The flag is certified by the Architect of the Capitol, and can be flown on a specific date. This is a great gift for a veteran, a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout, a government employee, or anyone who appreciates the special nature of Old Glory flown over the US Capitol. To top it off, the flags are not expensive. Here's how to get a special American flag for that special someone.
Contact Your Senator or Representative in Congress
The request to have an American flag flown over the US Capitol building should be made through your Congressional representative. Use the links in the Resources section to find the website of your Senator, Congressman or Congresswoman.
At the website, look for the link for "Flag Request" or something similar. It may be listed under "Constituent Services".
Make Your Choice
The form will offer several types of flags, in different sizes and fabrics (usually, either cotton or nylon). Flags are typically 3 x 5 feet, or 5 x 8 feet, though larger sizes are sometimes available.
The form will also ask for details such as the name of the person being honored by the flag, and the date you wish to have the flag flown (for instance, it can be flown on a person's birthday, or a special anniversary). You can also indicate the type of special occasion being honored.
The information will be included on a Certificate that accompanies the flag.
Prices generally run in the $10-25 range, depending on the specific items ordered.
Follow Submission Instructions
Each Congressional website has its own set of particular instructions for submitting the request, and payment. Some may allow web submissions, while others will ask that you print out the form and mail it in, with appropriate payment.
Allow a few weeks for delivery, so be sure to schedule your flag request well in advance.
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