The U.S. Flag should always be flown at full-staff on Veterans Day. Veterans Day is designated to honor all veterans of the military (not those who have lost their lives in service to our country – see previous blogs related to Veterans Day and Memorial Day).
In addition to flying an American Flag on Veterans Day, you may wish to consider one of the flags that have been specially designed to honor our veterans. Those flags are shown and explained below.
Korean War Veterans Flag
The Official Korean War Commemorative Flag was developed to honor Korean War veterans. The flag is a symbolic representation of the Korean War and the united effort by the United States, the Republic of Korea, and the allied nations. The Institute of Heraldry assisted in the development of this flag. The flag incorporates the Korean “Tae Guk” symbol representing peace and harmony, twenty-two stars representing the allied nations, the United Nations battle streamer, and the words “Freedom is not Free” in English and Hangul.
Vietnam Veterans of America Flag
The symbolism of the Vietnam Veterans of America flag is explained below:
- The background color is golden yellow, the primary color of the Vietnam Service Ribbon.
- In the “hoist” of the flag, the seventeen brown stars, arranged in three vertical rows, represent the seventeen official campaigns of the Vietnam War.
- The insignia of VVA, including the identification inscription Vietnam Veterans of America is centered between the campaign stars and the “fly” of the flag. The VVA insignia incorporates the colors and stripes of the Vietnam Service Ribbon, which was awarded to all men and women who served in Southeast Asia and the contiguous waters or air space from July 4, 1965, through March 28, 1973.
- Surrounding the insignia, in natural colors, is a wreath containing a laurel branch and a sheaf of rice stalks. The two are tied together at the base with a strand of black barbed wire. The rice represents Southeast Asia, and the laurel signifies honor to all who served there. The black barbed wire serves as a reminder of the POWs and MIAs who are still unaccounted for.
Veterans Remembered Flag
The flag depicts the founding of our nation by the thirteen stars that emanate from the hoist to the large red star that represents our Nation and the five branches of our country’s Military that defend her. The white star indicates the Veteran’s dedication to service. The blue star honors all who serve in the military in the past, present, and future. The gold star memorializes those who fell defending our Nation. The green field represents the hallowed ground where all rest eternally.
Honor and Remember Flag
The Honor and Remember flag design is distinctive, yet simple. Each detail on the flag symbolizes an important part of the overall meaning of the flag’s message.
- The Red Field represents the blood spilled by brave men and women in America’s military throughout our history, who willingly gave their lives so that we all would remain free.
- The Blue Star represents active service in military conflict. This symbol originated with World War I, but on this flag it signifies service through all generations from the American Revolution to present day.
- The White Border surrounding the Gold Star recognizes the purity of sacrifice. There is no greater price an American can pay than to give his or her life in service to our country.
- The Gold Star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who will not return home. Gold reflects the value of the life that was given.
- The Folded Flag signifies the final tribute to an individual life that a family sacrificed and gave to the nation.
- The Flame is an eternal reminder of the spirit that has departed this life, yet burns on in the memory of all who knew and loved of the fallen hero.
Spirit of America Flag
The Spirit of America Flag is the only flag of its kind. It honors the veterans and heroes of wars past and our current soldiers who are fighting for our freedom. This flag also pays tribute to the many heroes and civilians that lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.
The meaning of the Insignia: “Spirit of America” for uniting together, the Eagle for freedom, Red for bloodshed, Blue for valor and bravery, the 50 stars for the 50 States, POW/MIA for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the 8 Stars for 8 Men who died in the Iran rescue attempt, Beirut for 241 American troops who lost their lives in the barracks explosion, the Red/White/Blue ribbon between flag staffs is for firefighters, policemen, Port Authority, paramedics and EMT’s who died on 9/11, the Yellow Ribbon for all the heroes and civilians who lost their lives on 9/11, 2 Red/White/Blue stars bordering the insignia represents the Twin Towers, a list of Wars including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, U.S. Mexican War, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWl, WWll, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This flag was designed by Dale Hemphill of Elkhart, Indiana.