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Frequently Asked Questions About the US Army Flag

The United States Army has its own flag. Consisting primarily of a blue-colored War Office Seal on a white background, it’s commonly displayed at U.S. Army bases around the world. Many active service members and veterans also display the U.S. Army flag. Below are some of the top questions and answers about the U.S. Army flag.

When Was the US Army Flag Adopted?

The U.S. Army flag was officially adopted on June 12, 1956. Prior to its adoption, the U.S. Army was the only brand of the Armed Forces that didn’t have a flag. This prompted Army Secretary Wilber Brucker to propose an official flag. And in 1956, the U.S. Army flag was unveiled to the public at the Independence Hall building in Philidelphia.

What Does the 1775 Year

Considering that the U.S. Army flag was adopted in 1956, you might be wondering why it features the year 1775. Beneath the War Office Seal on the U.S. Army flag is the year 1775. This is the year in which the Continental Army was formed under the command of General George Washington.

What Do the Streamers Symbolize?

Some U.S. Army flags feature streamers. While they look decorative, they are designed to symbolize the U.S. Army’s campaigns throughout history. Other branches of the Armed Forces use streamers for similar purposes. Each streamer symbolizes a campaign or achievement for the respective branch of the Armed Forces.

How Does the US Army Flag Differ From the Field Flag?

There’s the standard U.S. Army flag, and there’s the U.S. Army field flag. They both feature the War Office Seal, and they both feature the same banner with the words “United States Army,” followed by the year 1775. The difference lies in their color.

The standard U.S. Army flag features a blue-colored War Office Seal against a white background. The U.S. Army field flag features a white-colored War Office Seal against a blue background. The colors of the flags’ banner and text are also different.

How Big Is The US Army Flag?

While you can find the U.S. Army flag in different sizes, the executive order that led to its adoption calls for a specific size. According to Executive Order 10670, the U.S. Army flag should measure 4 feet and 4 inches hoist by 5 feet and 6 inches fly. If fringe is present, the fringe should be 2.5 inches wide.

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