Flagpoles - special meaning

Posted on 2014-04-08 | 208 views

The meaning of flagpoles has always been tied to the context of where it was placed, the flag flying on the pole and sometimes by the person holding or attending to the pole. Some of the earliest flagpoles were made from heavy metals because the flags of the time were actually solid metal symbols forged from copper, bronze or gold. A modern flagpole could be made from wood, aluminum, stainless steel or fiberglass.

One of the first identifiable meanings of flagpoles was as an organizational tool for both ancient and more contemporary armies. The pole would fly a flag that indicated the specific group or battalion of soldiers, the ruling nation or the leader of the army.

Flagpoles have long had special meaning when used as nautical tools. Ships and ports originally communicated using a series of colored flags in a system known as semaphore. Nautical poles include crossbeams and other flagpole parts that allow multiple flags to be flown so that they can be seen by ships off the coast. This allowed ship captains to learn about news, weather or local hazards without having to dock.

The most widespread meaning of flagpoles today and throughout history has been as a way to identify an area or structure. They stand on or near large buildings and castles, at the entrance to towns and outside of gathering halls. They provide an unmistakable visual sign of who owns a location, what the location is for or what the people in an area believe. There are even specific rules about flagpole parts and the flags themselves that show how important the flagpoles are when representing a nation or a belief.


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