US Coast Guard Flag Product Details
- Item # 070054
- 3 feet by 5 feet
- For outdoor use
- Made of 100% heavyweight, 200-denier nylon
- Flies in even slightest breeze
- Made in America
This United States Coast Guard flag is both aniline-dyed for bold, fast colors and treated to resist fading. It dries fast, with a white header and brass grommets. Most importantly, Eder Flag Company makes our military flags in the USA, at their Oak Creek, Wisconsin facility. When you purchase flags from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum store, you help us to continue to tell the stories of Wisconsin veterans.
History of the Flag
To be sure, the early history of the Coast Guard flag is unknown. Since its founding in 1790, the Guard has flown numerous flags throughout the years. The Coast Guard approved current flag, or color on January 28, 1964. In fact, the USCG actually has two official flags. The color, shown here, used for ceremonial purposes, and the Coast Guard ensign, which the Guard flies from its vessels.
The United States coat of arms features front and center, in blue, with red stripes on the shield. This is the same image that adorns The Great Seal of the United States. To learn more about the symbolism of the coat of arms from an online exhibit at the U.S. Department of State, click here: The Great Seal
On the flag above the U.S. coat of arms, inscribed in blue is “United States Coast Guard.” And below the Arms, “Semper Paratus.” This is the official Coast Guard motto, meaning “always ready.” Since the Revenue-Marine, the Coast Guard’s direct predecessor, was founded in 1790, that year is inscribed below the Guard’s motto.
Then in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson combined the Revenue-Marine with the United States Life-Saving Service to form today’s Coast Guard.