Happy Birthday United States Department of Defense

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After the American Revolutionary War was underway, the Second Continental Congress openly considered creating a national department dedicated to the management of military operations throughout the colonies. It wasn't until 1789, at the constant urging of President George Washington, that the 1st United States Congress finally created the War Department.

However, a decade later, Congress created the Navy Department in 1798. By the end of WWII, 150 years' worth of conflicts of interest and disputes over control between departments had manifested in internal confusion. In 1947, at the urging of President Harry Truman, Congress created the National Military Establishment, which was the first step to creating unity among military departments.

Finally, on August 10, 1949, the National Military Establishment absorbed the major military departments and was renamed the Department of Defense.

The United States Department of Defense is the world's largest employer, providing for more than 2.8 million service personnel and civilians.

On August 10 each year, we celebrate the founding of the United States Department of Defense.

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Flying U.S. Military Flags Outdoors

According to the U.S. Flag Code, the order of precedence when flying military flags on an Outdoor Flagpole is as follows: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, the Coast Guard Flag moves up right behind Navy when the Coast Guard operates as a service of the Department of the Navy during a time of war.

When the flags are being flown on multiple Outdoor Flagpoles, the American Flag should always be flown first in line. If you are flying a Coast Guard Flag on the same pole as your American Flag, it should be of equal size or smaller and flown below the American Flag.

Displaying United States Military Flags Indoors

When displaying Military Ceremonial Flags, the order of precedence remains the same as when they are displayed outdoors. The American Ceremonial Flag is always displayed first in the order. It’s also important to remember that when a Military Ceremonial flag is presented by a color guard, either indoors, during a parade, or on the playing field, a Parade Carry Belt must be worn.

Military Desk Flags and sets are another way to show your support for U.S. Armed Forces. Desk flags are small and versatile; they can be displayed on a podium, a desk, or even a window sill. These small flags can also be waved during a parade or celebration for the U.S. Coast Guard Birthday.

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100% American-Made Ceremonial United States Military flags from LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

Do You Celebrate the U.S. Department of Defense?

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Have a great day, from your friends at LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®.


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