One thing of the many things I like about Bruce’s website: https://brucesbible.website/ is his Welcome All Nations and Peoples posts – https://brucesbible.website/category/welcome/. He includes the flags from the various countries who visit his blog. That’s a cool thing to do.
I rarely get more than 100 views in a day although in the last almost 3 weeks I hit 100 views five times.
Growing up, I collected flags. This was before you had the Internet so searching for what department in each state I needed to send a request was a lot more time consuming. I eventually received flags from each state, mostly in the 3″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″ size. For some reason, Ohio and Washington State bucked the trend. They sent me large flags around 2′ x 3′. Washington State sent me a plastic flag that size. This was back before plastic was the standard for many things. When my first cousin (technically a half first cousin) came back from Vietnam, he had a layover in Guam and purchased me a small Guam flag. He also brought back a 3′ x 5′ South Vietnamese flag. Unfortunately, during too many moves, I lost all of my flags.
A few years ago – 2008, I was at a flag store during a Spring Break school outing. I purchased Mississippi, the Netherlands, Finland, and Estonia flags in the 4″ x 6″ range. I have been to the other countries in a 2005 work conference in Helsinki, Finland. Our Executive Director had originally planned to go to Sweden instead of Estonia, but she had never been to Estonia and changed her mind at the last minute.
In heading to Finland, we had a layover in Memphis where they asked for bump volunteers. I was traveling with the Executive Director and she asked if I minded getting bumped. They overnighted us in Memphis, re-routed us through Minneapolis the next day. In Amsterdam, we had a 6.5 hour layover which we chose to spend by exploring Amsterdam. From Memphis to Helsinki, it was first class. On the way back, it was coach. They also had us go through Detroit on the way back. Let’s just say first class spoils you.
I plan on getting all the state and territory small flags over the next few years as an eventual gift to my daughter. Of the 50 states, I have been to
D. C. although it’s not a state. I don’t count Minnesota or Michigan as those states I never left the airport. That’s 29 of the 50 states, 31 if you want to include Minnesota and Michigan.