Back in the days when the nation was just finding its footing, something fascinating happened. Horizontal stripes became the go-to look for military posts, while civilian spots rocked the vertical stripe style. It wasn't just the military; even merchants and regular folks hopped on the Civilian Flag train to proudly wave their Constitutional rights.
The Civil Flag was a stunner, with its red and white vertical stripes and those spiffy blue stars against a crisp white backdrop. According to the Law of the Flag, this stripey design meant Roman Civil jurisdiction reigned supreme within Federal territories, rather than the heavy-handed Admiralty law. Things got official in 1874 when Treasury Secretary William. A. Richardson made it a rule for all customhouses to rock the Civil Flag.
Fast forward to the early 20th Century, and the Revenue Cutter and the Life Saving Lighthouse Services found themselves blending into the Coast Guard Authority, becoming part of the military scene. They joined the party with their flag design, sporting their insignia in the stripe zone and an eagle emblem in the white field, eventually stealing the flag's limelight.
As the 20th Century rolled on, the Civil Flag took a back seat and, later, even the Coast Guard dropped the verticle stripes, going all-white. Sometimes, things change, but it's important to remember the symbols of our past that tell the story of where we've been.
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