Us Army Flags

Written by Beth Hrusch
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The flags of the U.S. Army have always been intended as a means of identifying each regiment and fostering a sense of identity amongst the troops. From the time when General Washington first ordered the issuance of flags to all military units during the Revolutionary War, Army flags have come to have special significance for the soldiers who serve under them. They are the mark of distinction for each branch of the military.

U.S. Army Flags in American History

The first U.S. Army flag was designed in accordance with Washington's guidelines. It was blue with an American eagle and the name of the regiment emblazoned beneath it. Even to the present day, Army flag design follows the rules laid down during the Revolutionary War, wherein flags incorporate insignias traditionally worn by certain regiments and units of the military.

For display and parade purposes, the Army has two flags, the Army flag and the Army Field flag. They have the same design, which is a coat of armor, two flags, and the words "United States Army" on a banner beneath. The Army colors are blue, yellow and white. Organizational flags represent various divisions within the U.S. Army. All battalions and brigades have their own flags for identification purposes.

The importance of the Army flags can be demonstrated on and off the battlefield. The survival of each U.S. soldier, then and now, has often hinged upon his or her identification with a particular group. Regimental colors are often the mark of a soldier's rank, and flags are a way to keep order within the ranks. During ceremonies, and when flown over Army bases, the Army flags also communicate the presence of the world's most powerful military force both at home and abroad.

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