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CHIPS Articles: Colors of the Nation: America's Flags

Colors of the Nation: America's Flags
Happy Independence Day!
By Navy History and Heritage Command - June 30, 2017
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, which announced the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. Independence Day for most Americans is usually marked with events such as barbeques, parades, fireworks, and the display of the red, white, and blue.

It is a day to reflect on the accomplishments of our great nation and celebrate her 241-year history. As we ready to celebrate our independence next week, remember that there are many Americans who can’t be home with their families and friends, as they continue to guard our freedom at sea, on the front lines, and on our nation’s borders. During this holiday, remember the brave men and women who have fought for our nation and continue to provide Americans with liberty as our country continues to be the world’s shining example of freedom.

To learn more about U.S. Navy history, please go to the Naval History and Heritage Command website: or visit the NHHC blog: The Sextant.

Flags, standards, and banners have been used for thousands of years as visual symbols of those who bear them. This infographic shares some notable flags used throughout naval history. U.S. Navy graphic by Annalisa Underwood/Released
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