Thin Red Line flag
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Thin Red Line flag

> 100% Made in USA with American labor and materials
> Scientifically treated to resist UV fading & look beautiful
> Sturdy and shiny brass grommets for flying
> Lock stitched (not chain stitched) to prevent unraveling
> Extra 4 rows of stitching on the fly end for durability



Thin Red Line flags, Made in USA

All of our Thin Red Line flags are printed on our 200 denier thick nylon flag fabric. This special fabric is sun-protected and water resistant. The flag also features two brass grommets and 4 rows of stitching on the fly end, plus reinforced corners to prevent fraying. And as with all our flags, both materials and labor are 100% made right here in the United States. Add it to your shopping cart today and show your support for our fire fighters!

Thin Red Line flag Description

The Thin Red Line flag is flown in honor and remembrance of firefighters who have and are sacrificing themselves to protect Americans and their property. It is a black flag with red stripe running horizontally across its center. Our flag also features two brass grommets and 4 rows of stitching on the fly end, plus reinforced corners to prevent fraying. The fabric is sun-protected to prevent fading and water resistant. As with all of our flags, both materials and labor are sourced from and crafted with expertise here in the USA. Add it to your shopping cart today and show your support for our firefighters!

There’s a new flag popping up in residential communities and commercial properties throughout the United States. Known as the Thin Red Line flag, it looks like the American flag but with different colors. It’s similar to the Thin Blue Line flag. Rather than a blue-colored stripe, though, the Thin Red Line flag features a red-colored stripe. What is the Thin Red Line flag exactly, and why is it important?

An Introduction to the Thin Red Line Flag

The Thin Red Line flag is a variant of the American flag consisting primarily of a monochrome color scheme except for a single horizontal stripe, which is red. It still features 50 stars and 13 stripes. But unlike the American flag, the Thin Red Line flag doesn’t feature red or blue. It consists of a black-and-white color scheme with a single red-colored stripe running through the center of it.

Why the Thin Red Line Flag Is Important

The Thin Red Flag is important because it symbolizes support for our nation’s injured and fallen firefighters. Firefighters risk their lives to extinguish fires while protecting their respective communities. It’s a fulfilling job, but it carries the risk of serious injury or even death. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), in fact, 64 firefighters died while on duty in 2018. You can show your support for our nation’s injured and fallen firefighters by displaying the Thin Red Line flag.
Keep in mind that the Thin Red Line flag isn’t the same as the Thin Blue Line flag. The former symbolizes support for firefighters, whereas the latter symbolizes support for police officers. The Thin Blue Line flag features a blue-colored stripe. Blue, of course, is synonymous with law enforcement because police officers typically wear blue uniforms. Red, on the other hand, is synonymous with firefighters because they drive red firetrucks.

How to Choose the Right Thin Red Line Flag

When shopping for a Thin Red Line, you should consider the material from which it’s made. Like all flags, including American flags and Thin Blue Line flags, they are available in multiple materials. With that said, nylon and polyester are two of the most popular choices. When made of nylon or polyester, you can display your Thin Red Line flag outdoors without fear of it degrading or otherwise suffering from damage. Get all of these qualities as well as a made in the USA guarantee when you purchase your Thin Red Line flag here.
You should also choose a Thin Red Line flag in an appropriate size. If you’re planning to display it inside your home or place of business, you may want to choose a small size. For outdoor usage, though, you’ll need a large Thin Red Line flag.

Why was the Thin Red Line Flag developed and why the color red?

The thin red line flag was developed to show support and solidarity with fire service personnel and to honor injured or fallen firefighters. Since the color red is easily and boldly noticed by the human eye, it has been used many years to warn others to safely clear the way to allow the firefighters to pass by. Hence the same reason fire trucks are usually red or will contain a lot of red color on the firetruck.

What does the American flag with a red stripe mean?

The origin and meaning of the Thin Red Line flag really starts with the origin of the Thin Blue Line flag – a flag created to show support for law enforcement. Likewise, the Thin Red Line refers to the fire department and helps show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty. The term “thin red line” originated during the Crimean War in 1854. It stood for the strong defense against the enemy. Since then the term “thin red line” has stood for any thinly spread military unit holding firm against attack. In 1999 firefighters from the Apex Volunteer Fire Department in North Carolina designed the Thin Red Line to show respect for firefighters.

Do firefighters support the Thin Red Line Flag?

A survey was conducted by in which they asked close to 2,000 firefighters if they support the fire department displaying the thin red line flag at the fire station. Of the 2,000 firefighters surveyed, they received a response from 1,927, and of those, 88% said they did support the thin red line flag being displayed at the station or on an apparatus.

Does the Thin Red Line Flag disrespect the American flag?

There is some controversy about the Thin Red Line as well as the Thin Blue Line flags. There are those that believe that the American flag should not be on the flag at all. They believe it is disrespectful to the American flag. There are others that say the flag is not up to American flag code, so it should not even be considered a bonified American flag and therefore no disrespect. They say it should only be looked at as a separate flag from the American flag that honors our Firefighters and police officers.

Where can I purchase a Thin Red Line Flag?

Star Spangled Flags, LLC offers a high quality, 100% made in America, Thin Red Line Flag. It is made of heavyweight durable nylon specifically treated to dry fast and resist sun and chemical deterioration. The hems are sewn using superior lock stitches to prevent unraveling. The fly end has four rows of lock stitching to improve durability, increase flag life and prevent fading.


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