While traveling this weekend in London, I noticed several different advertising strategies. One in particular caught my attention right off the back. The amount of flags posted, printed, and sketched around the city astonished me. While I did notice a large similarity in New York City and London, I realized an obvious difference in patriotism between the two. In the United States it seems flags pop up around the fourth of July and Veterans day. However, in London it seems flags were on almost every building, every ad, and several articles of fashion. If I counted the amount of American flags I've seen in New York City it would take one hand. If I try to recall the amount of flags I saw in a three day period this weekend, I find it impossible to keep track.
Not to mention it was also the one item that set apart tourists from locals. Tourist shirts in America rarely have the american flag on them. In the United States when you see a flag in a social area most assume there is a significant military event honored in that location. Here, the flag is a common site used for a variety of reasons.