Almost 250 years ago, on June 14, 1777, the official flag of our nation was established. There were “thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” The stripes represent the thirteen original colonies. Red is the hardiness and valor of our country. Innocence and purity are symbolized by the color white. Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The Red, White, & Blue, Stars & Stripes … a symbol signifying the grandeur of our great nation.

Displaying the American flag

The American flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. It may remain displayed at night if showcased by light. The flag should not be flown in inclement weather. When the flag is worn out or unfit for display, it should be retired or destroyed.






The Proudly We Hail award

The Proudly We Hail Award encourages the proper display of the flag by individuals and businesses. The members of the Exchange Club of Mooresville / Lake Norman members watch for and nominate potential recipients. This outstanding program promotes Americanism as well as community recognition. Randy Marion, Gander Outdoor, and Baystate Milling have received this award in years past.


The 2021 award goes to…

The 2021 Proudly We Hail Award was presented to Abigail Jennings of Lake Norman Realty. Outside the real estate offices, she honorably displays the American Flag. Ms. Jennings, one of the most admired CEOs by the Charlotte Business Journal, is dedicated to our community and country. “Community giving is an integral part of our identity,” states Abigail Jennings. “As a local community partner, we take pride in supporting many of our socially responsible non-profits to help better our community and the lives of others.”




Abigail Jennings: Giving back to her community

In 2012, Abigail co-founded and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Pioneer Springs Community School. This is the only nature-based charter school empowering students to connect to nature and community. She is also the founder and president of the Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program. This non-profit organization is dedicated to humanely managing the population of stray and feral cats around Lake Norman. In addition, Abigail serves as vice-president of the non-profit economic development organization, SICDC (South Iredell County Development Corporation). She is also a founding board member for Blue Harbor bank, a community bank based in Mooresville. Abigail truly gives back to her community in many selfless ways.

Ms. Jennings is an advocate of sustainability, wildlife, and historic properties. Her dedication to the preservation of our beautiful community and the American heritage is exceptional!

“A good leader must have courage and strength to discern the best path to take and when to take it. They must be able to inspire their followers to follow, personally take responsibility for any problems, and widely share successes selflessly and with gratitude to everyone who followed them.”




Photos courtesy of Katie Stankiewicz and Pixabay



Katie Stankiewicz is the founder of Willow Equine and executive director of Soul to Soles Connection.

The Exchange Club of Mooresville / Lake Norman is a civic organization, who works to create a strong and united community. They have been serving the Lake Norman area for over 30 years, with a focus on Americanism, Community Service, Prevention of Child Abuse and Youth. If you or anyone you know have been looking for a way to connect and give back, join the club! 

Go to our website at for more information. Select “Join the Club” under the ‘Menu’ section for an member application. You can also email the club through the Contact Us’ menu selection. 




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