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First Navy Jack Flag
Did you know that the US Navy adopted the motto: “Don’t tread on me?” This motto was originally established by Christopher Gadsden in the 1700’s; during the time of war with the Brits. The original Gadsden Flag portrays a coiled snake sitting amongst a yellow background with the words, “Don’t tread on me” imprinted below the snake. When the US Navy adopted the motto they changed the design of their flag. The 100% nylon, US Navy Jack flag is made specifically for outdoor use to last in various weather conditions. The red and yellow snake sits amongst a red and white striped background that radiates vibrant color. Like the original Gadsden flag, the navy is proud to portray their motto: “Don’t tread on me.” The US Navy Jack flag is finished with strong, white headers and including rings and snaps to attach to your halyard. Order yours today! Like our US Flags, this flag is manufactured in accordance with U.S. Code Title 4. Order yours today!
Not much information has been recorded for early versions of the US Marine Corps Flag in the late 18th century. In the early 19th century, around the 1830's and 1840's, the flag consisted of a white field with gold fringe and an emblem of an anchor and an eagle in the center. In the late 1800's the flag changed again, with the Marine Corps carrying the Stars and Stripes flag with "U.S. Marine Corps" embroidered in yellow on the middle red stripe.
In the early 1900's the flag changed yet again, but this time with a more distinctive standard. The flag was a blue field with a laurel wreath encircling the United States Marine Corps emblem. A scarlet ribbon above the emblem read "U.S. Marine Corps" while another scarlet ribbon below the emblem read "Semper Fidelis" which means always faithful.
On March 26, 1951 the United States Air Force Flag was born. It contains a coat of arms, the Air Force seal and 13 stars on a blue background. The 13 stars represent the original 13 colonies, while the colors ultramarine blue and gold are the official colors of the US Air Force. There is a grouping of three stars at the top of the flag which represent the three departments of national defense (Army, Navy and Air Force). At the bottom of the flag, there are roman numerals which indicate 1947, this represents the year the Air Force was established.
On July 28, 1947 the National Security Act became law and it created the Department of the Air Force. This act then established the United States Air Force and appointed W. Stuart Symington the first Secretary of the Air Force and Gen. Carl A. Spaatz the USAF's first Chief of Staff.
The United States Navy Flag went by a different name and different emblem for more than sixty years before being adopted as the official flag of the US Navy. This initial flag was named the Infantry Battalion flag and was introduced for use by naval landing forces. Sixty years after its inception, the Infantry Battalion flag was going to be replaced by the official flag of the U.S. Navy.
Two years earlier, the Navy Seal was introduced and was to be used on the official Navy flag as well. On April 24, 1959 by Presidential order, a flag truly representative of the Navy's operating forces at sea was born and remains the official flag of the United States Navy today.
The US Army Flag was first adopted on June 12, 1956. By order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower it was presented by then Vice President Richard Nixon to the Secretary of the Army William M. Brucker at the Capitol, Washington DC on June 13. On June 14th which happened to be flag day, Secretary Brucker introduced the flag to the United States citizens with a public address in Philadelphia at Independence Hall.
Traditional Army flags measure 4 feet 4 inches by 5 feet six inches. The US Army flag is made of white silk and is embroidered with a blue design of the official War Office Seal. This seal represents the United States Army after it was put into action by an act of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775. This is represented on the flag below the blue design of the War Office Seal with the marking of 1775.
United States Merchant Marines
Maritime Administrator Albert J. Herberger unveiled the Merchant Marine flag to honor America's civilian seafarers who have supported the Nations armed services in times of peace and war. On May 24, 1994 this flag was introduced and is comprised of an eagle perched atop a red, white and blue shield with an anchor in the middle. At the top of the flag, the words "In Peace and War" are stitched, as well as "1775" at the bottom to commemorate early contributions of the U.S. Merchant Marine to the Nation's history.
The Gadsden Flag is traditionally flown by those who are in disagreement with government or in support of civil liberties. It has also been adopted by the United States Marine Corps..as an early motto flag and a symbolism of American freedom. The Gadsden flag was first flown in early 1776 by Commodore Esek Hopkins; the first commander-in-chief of the Continental Fleet. Today, the flag is flown by those who are passionate about American freedom, any time of year or all throughout the year. The Gadsden Flag has been seen more after the September 11, 2001 terrorists attack, flown as a symbol of American freedom and liberty and often flown underneath the U.S. Flag.
Benjamin Franklin is famous for his sense of humor. He created a yellow flag, displaying a rattlesnake and the motto: "Don't tread on me", representing his response towards the Brits when they sent convicted felons to America. In return, Franklin sent hundreds of rattle snakes to be released in England as a "thank you" for the added population of felons to America. This historical event is commonly remembered through the Gadsden Flag or often referred as the "Don't Tread on Me Flag".
The Gadsden Flag is named after Christopher Gadsden who was the American patriot that mulled around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the 1700's, making contributions to American History. He did many things such as led the Sons of Liberty, was made colonel in the Continental Army, was a part of the Continental Congress, and eventually adopted the Gadsden flag as his personal standard, "Don't tread on me." Although Benjamin Franklin was the creator of the Gadsden Flag and established the overall meaning, Christopher Gadsden was the man who lived out the Gadsden flags true meaning.
History of the POW/MIA Flag
Since World War I more than 200,000 Americans have been listed as being Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. Specifically during the Vietnam War, more than 2,500 Americans were captured and listed as Missing in Action, MIA. An organization called the National League of Families was formed short after the end of the Vietnam War. Composed of spouses, children, parents, and other family members of the MIA soldiers it's goal was to remind the nation of their loved ones plight. In 1971 Mrs. Michael Hoff, the wife of a MIA soldier and member of the National League of Families, felt that there should be a symbol to remind the nation of these soldiers and the cause to bring them home. Around this time the People's Republic of China had been admitted to the United Nations and a flag manufacturer called Annin Company had produced a flag for them. Mrs. Hoff read about this in the Florida-Times Union and felt a flag would be perfect. She contacted the companies Vice President, Norman Rivkee. Mr. Rivkee was very receptive to this idea and quickly turned to one of their advertising agencies to create a design. At this agency worked Newt Heisley, a military pilot in World War II. Mr. Heisley took on the project being he was a veteran himself and his oldest son Jeffery, had trained for combat in the Vietnam War. Jeffery had become very ill while training for combat and when he returned home a once strong man was now guant and lifeless. This image brought to mind what life must have been like for those soldiers captured and encased on foriegn soil. He began to sketch his son's gaunt profile using a black background and a white silhouette. As he sketched he added a barb wire and a tower in the distance still in the black and white color scheme. Under this image the words "You Are Not Forgotten" were boldly added. This design was one of many, but was instantly chosen. The flags went into production so quickly that the sketch was never refined and his initial drawing is the POW/MIA flag we see today.
The POW/MIA design was never copyrighted and has been legally ruled as "public domain." This flag is the only flag, other than the American Flag, that has ever flown over the White House. The POW/MIA flag has flown there on every POW/MIA Recognition Day, the third Friday of every September, since 1982. It also flies over the nation's Capital on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. The flag is flown daily in the United States Capital Rotunda and all VA MEdical facilities are to display the flag on any day that National colors are displayed. The original creation of the POW/MIA flag was for those soldiers missing from the Vietnam War, but over time has come to represent missing men and women from any war.