American Flag on Fireman Uniform

American Flag on Fireman Uniform

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Just Wondering

Ithaca, NY

#1 Aug 8, 2013
Noticed the Flag on Utica Firefighters Dress Blues is Backwards any one know why????
Stars should be in the upper left corner with stripes going to the right.
Not Surprised

United States

#2 Aug 8, 2013
Just Wondering wrote:
Noticed the Flag on Utica Firefighters Dress Blues is Backwards any one know why????
Stars should be in the upper left corner with stripes going to the right.
The typical fire "hero" has a hard time keeping their feet forward and all their teeth.

You're asking a little much out of those washouts aren't you? I'd be happy getting them to understand the virtues of toothpaste and deodorant.
Not So Fast My Friend

Carthage, NY

#3 Aug 8, 2013
Not Surprised wrote:
<quoted text>The typical fire "hero" has a hard time keeping their feet forward and all their teeth.
You're asking a little much out of those washouts aren't you? I'd be happy getting them to understand the virtues of toothpaste and deodorant.
Man, that was harsh. I'm not disputing what you said, but it was harsh.
blue

Utica, NY

#5 Aug 8, 2013
stripes should always appear to be flying behind the field of stars. actually its a military tradition, apparently adopted by the heroes of many fire and po po's. As the soldier is advancing it should appear as if the flag is flying.
Just Wondering

Ithaca, NY

#9 Aug 9, 2013
blue wrote:
stripes should always appear to be flying behind the field of stars. actually its a military tradition, apparently adopted by the heroes of many fire and po po's. As the soldier is advancing it should appear as if the flag is flying.
OK. these are on the left upper arm....so unless they were running backwards.......
american

Medford, MA

#10 Aug 10, 2013
Just Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>OK. these are on the left upper arm....so unless they were running backwards.......
Actually the flag is on the right.
OH REALLY

Utica, NY

#13 Aug 20, 2013
Do you people actually think the fireman sewed the flag on his uniform himself???!!!!! Insignias are applied by the manufacturer.
OH REALLY

Utica, NY

#14 Aug 20, 2013
From the U. S. Military handbook on flag etiquette:

When approved for wear, the full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is sewn 1/2 inch below the right shoulder seam of the temperate, hot-weather, enhanced hot-weather, and desert BDU; the BDU field jacket; and the cold-weather uniform. The flag is worn on the right shoulder, because, in the military, the "place of honor" is to a military member's right.

The full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is worn so that the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.

The rule dates back to the Army's early history, when both mounted cavalry and infantry units would designate a standard bearer, who carried the Colors into battle. As he charged, his forward momentum caused the flag to stream back. Since the Stars and Stripes are mounted with the canton closest to the pole, that section stayed to the right, while the stripes flew to the left.
Vobiscum

Moravia, NY

#15 Aug 20, 2013
Another example of the militarization of civilian life in the US.
beverly

Green Bay, WI

#17 Oct 8, 2013
what do the three stars stand for on a firemans dress blues
The number

United States

#18 Oct 8, 2013
beverly wrote:
what do the three stars stand for on a firemans dress blues
The number of remaining teeth they have.
Sunnyside

New York Mills, NY

#19 Aug 27, 2016
Not Surprised wrote:
<quoted text>The typical fire "hero" has a hard time keeping their feet forward and all their teeth.

You're asking a little much out of those washouts aren't you? I'd be happy getting them to understand the virtues of toothpaste and deodorant.
Sorry bout my breath, I just got going down on yer mom

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