11 ~ The Military Flag With the Gold Fringe
gold-fringed flag and wrongly-proportioned red, white and blue flags
are flags of a foreign corporation regulated by the UCC.
to 4 U.S.C. chapter 1, §§1, 2, & 3;Executive Order
10834, August 21, 1959; 24 F.R.6865; a military flag is a flag
that resembles the regular flag of the United States, except that it
has a YELLOW FRINGE border on three sides. "
president of the United States designates this deviation from the
regular flag, by executive order, and in his capacity as
Placing of a fringe on the national flag, the dimensions of the flag
and the arrangement of the stars in the union are matters of detail
not controlled by statute, but are within the discretion of the
President as commander in Chief of the Army and Navy." 34
Ops. Atty. Gen. 83.
Dwight David Eisenhower, by Executive Order No.10834, signed
on August 21, 1959 and printed in the Federal Register at 24 F.R.
6865, pursuant to law, stated that:
military flag is a flag that resembles the regular flag of the United
States, except that it has a Yellow Fringe border on three sides."
use of such a fringe is prescribed in current Army Regulation no.
260-10." 34 Ops. Atty. . Gen. 483, 485.
custom sanctions the use of the fringe on regimental colors and
standards, but there seems to be no good reason or
precedent for its use on other flags." The Adjutant
General of the Army, March 28, 1924, (1925); 34 ()Ops. Atty. Gen.
of Military Flag
flags are for indoor display and for use in ceremonies and parades.
For these purposes the United States flag will be rayon banner cloth,
trimmed on three sides with golden yellow fringe, 2 1/2 inches wide.
It will be the same size as the flags displayed or carried with it.
Authorization for indoor display in Each military courtroom.
courtroom that displays these flags behind the Judge is a military
courtroom. You are under military law and not constitutional law,
or common law, or civil law, or statute law. Restrictions
following limitations and prohibitions are applicable to flags
guidons, streamers, and components." Unauthorized use of
official flags, guidons, and streamers. Display or use of
flags, guidons, and streamers or replicas thereof, including those
presently or formerly carried by U.S. Army units, by other than
the office, individual, or organization for which authorized, is
prohibited except as indicated in below. Use only by
recognized United States Army division associations . . . ."
States Army Regulation AR 640-10, October 1, 1979
to Army Regulations, (AR 840-10, Oct. 1, 1979.)
Flag is trimmed on three sides with Fringe of Gold, 2 1/2 inches
wide," and that, "such flags are flown indoors, ONLY
in military courtrooms." And that the Gold Fringed Flag is
not to be carried by anyone except units of the United States
Army, and the United States Army division associations."
U.S. Attorney General has stated:
placing of a gold fringe on the national flag, the dimensions of the
flag, and the arrangements of the stars in the union are matters of
detail not controlled by statute, but are within the discretion of
the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy. .
.ancient custom sanctions the use of fringe on regimental colors and
standards, but there seems to be no good reason or precedent for its
use on other flags. . .the use of such a fringe is prescribed in
current Army Regulations, No. 260-10." (See 34 Ops. Atty.
Gen. 483 & 485)
only statute or regulation, in the United States, prescribing a
yellow fringed United States flag is Army Regulation No. 260-10,
making it a military flag.
Army Regulation 260-10, the gold fringe may be used only on
regimental "colors," the President's flag,
for military courts of court martial, and the flags used at
military recruiting centers. "A military flag emblem of a
nation, usually made of cloth and flown from a staff;
a Military Standpoint
are of two general classes...those flown from stationary masts over
army posts, and those carried by troops in formation. The former are
referred to by the general name of flags. The later are called colors
when carried by dismounted troops.
more nearly square than flags and are made of silk, with a knotted
fringe of yellow on three sides. . .use of a flag -- the most
general and appropriate use of the flag is as a national symbol of
authority and power." (National Encyclopedia, Vol. 4)
adornments (FINIAL) on the top of the flag pole are for
military use only. The gold eagle is for the use of the
President of the United States only, and only in time of war. The
gold spear ball is for military recruiting centers only. The gold
acorn is for military parades only. (Army Regulation 840-10,
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