The Coast Guard Ensign is filled with symbolic meaning and history. The 16 stripes in the body of the flag represent the 16 States that made up the Union when the ensign was officially adopted in 1799. The original flag only contained the stripes and the American Coat of Arms. Later on, when the flag gained popularity, it flown on board official Coast Guard vessels as well as some custom houses. The official Coast Guard seal was added to the ensign to distinguish the official Revenue Cutter vessels from others.
The colors that make up the official Coast Guard ensign are also deeply symbolic. The color red on the ensign stands for youth and the sacrifice of blood soldiers make for liberty. The color blue stands for justice and the Coast Guard’s covenant against oppression. The white symbolizes the desire for light and purity.
Our Coast Guard Ensign flags are built according to the Government specifications and can be used on official Coast Guard vessels. The flags are available in a 15”x24”, 30”x48” and 60”x96” sizes. The flags feature lock-stitched seams and industrial strength nylon for a longer lifetime. For more information about our Coast Guard Ensigns call us on (800)628-3524.
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