Marine Corps Flag

Written by Donald Sparacin
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The United States Marine Corps flag is the representative symbol for the roughly 175,000 men and women who are currently serving in this branch of the Navy Department. It is a field of red with the gold Marine Corps insignia in the center and the words, "Semper Fidelis" below the insignia. It has been the official Marine Corps flag since 1939 following many revisions. The Marine Corps flag instills a sense of pride to the fine people who serve, and a sense of terror to the enemies of the United States.

The Marine Corps Flag in Many Actions

The first time the Marine Corps flag led a charge alongside the United States of America flag was on New Providence Island in 1776. Enacted by the Continental Congress in 1775 as the fleet's landing and fighting force, the Marine Corps have seen action in every conflict since. They were briefly disbanded following the Revolutionary War in 1783 because the country had to sell its ships. They were reenacted in 1798 and have served continuously since then.

The Marine Corps flag saw action in skirmishes like the quasi-war with the French in 1798 and flew over the Marines as they battled the Barbary pirates on the shores of Tripoli. They were prominent during the War of 1812, and between then and the Mexican War they protected American interests all over the world. It was during the Mexican War that they landed on both shores of Mexico, the Gulf and Pacific and fought their way to Mexico City--the famous Halls of Montezuma.

Over 40,000 United States Marines have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country since the Revolutionary War, and nearly 154,000 have been wounded. Their blood was shed in nearly every country in the world, and there was always a Marine Corps flag when they went into battle. Honor these brave protectors of our freedom by hanging a Marine Corps flag alongside the United States of America flag for which they so valiantly sacrificed so many of their ranks.


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