The U.S. Navy is relying on a historic icon to remind the world of America’s strength and courage. The rattlesnake has been a favorite symbol of independence throughout America’s history. Adopted as a uniquely American icon by early patriots, such as Benjamin Franklin, the rattlesnake represents American unity. Individually, its rattles have no sound, but united they can be heard by all. And while it does not strike unless threatened, once provoked, the deadly rattlesnake never surrenders.
The rattlesnake was used as a symbol of resistance to British repressive acts in Colonial America. Flags bearing rattlesnakes and bearing the simple warning “Don’t Tread on Me” were flown on the first ships of the Continental Navy in the Delaware River in 1775.
Today, as America faces unprecedented threats, this historic symbol of our founding has emerged as a powerful reminder of our origin and true courage. Since May 2002, all U.S. Navy ships have flown the First Navy Jack from 8 a.m. to sunset daily while in port. The temporary substitution for the Union Jack represents a historic reminder of the nation’s and Navy’s origin and will to persevere and triumph during the global war on terrorism.
We have joined with the United States Navy Memorial Foundation to bring you a special edition First Navy Jack Flag. Created to meet the standards of flag construction established by the United States Navy Memorial Foundation, each 3′ x 5′ flag in this edition is handmade, piece-constructed together, and then marrow-stitched.
We have also arranged for each First Navy Jack Flag to be hand-raised according to tradition over the U.S. Navy Memorial. Your flag will be accompanied by a certificate documenting that it was flown over the U.S. Navy Memorial.
We invite you to proudly display this American symbol and send a message to the world that America will stand up to its aggressors and preserve liberty.