POW / MIA Flag

The POW/MIA Flag is a well-recognized flag flown daily at many government facilities and often by individual citizens. Understanding the origin and history of flags brings greater awareness of the importance of flags such as the POW/MIA flag. History of the POW/MIA Flag In 1970, Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the…

Gadsden Flag – Part 2

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the legend “Don’t Tread on Me” The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. It was also used by the Continental Marines as…

U.S. Navy

The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy-wide dates to be celebrated annually. This page provides historical information on the birth and early years of the Navy. The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October…

U.S. Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on the 10th of November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony On October 21, 1921, Major Edwin McClellan, in charge the Corps’ only historical section, sent a memorandum to Commandant John A. Lejeune, suggesting the Marines’ original birthday of November 10 be declared a…

U.S. Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard, one of the country’s five armed services, is a unique agency of the federal government. We trace our history back to 4 August 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Known variously through the nineteenth and…

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the continental congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies, for one year. The June 14 date is when Congress adopted “The American Continental Army” after reaching a consensus position in The Committee of the Whole. The record indicates only that Congress undertook…

U.S. Air Force

The United States Air Force became a separate military service on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. The Act created the United States Department of Defense, which was composed of three branches, the Army, Navy and a newly created Air Force. Prior to 1947, the responsibility for military…

Flag Flying Holidays

The United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6 (also referred to as “The Flag Code”) specifies days when it is particularly appropriate to display the US Flag. Those days shown in red in the table below are days that the flag should be flown at half-staff. New Year’s Day January 1 Marin Luther…

Veterans Day

Veterans Day honors men and women who have served in the United States armed services. It is celebrated on November 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918). The end of World War I was officially at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Veterans Day…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, presently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. It did not become a federal holiday until 1941. The holiday’s origins can be traced to harvest festivals which have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, the American holiday is…