At FlagAndBanner.com’s headquarters in Little Rock, Meghan Pittman, Kerry McCoy’s daughter, decided to make the world’s largest Gadsden flag. This applique flag is 15 feet by 25 feet and is currently flying on FlagAndBanner.com’s flagpole. After 9/11 the United States of America’s people began to fly the Gadsden flag as a representation of freedom and patriotism.
The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the words “DONT TREAD ON ME.” The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina. The Gadsden flag was flown early in 1776 by Commodore Esek Hopkins of Rhode Island, first Commander-in-chief of the Continental Fleet. Its inscription represented a warning by the colonists to the British during the Revolutionary war. Considered one of the first flags of the United States, the flag was later replaced by the current Stars and Stripes (or Old Glory) flag. Since the Revolution, the flag has seen times of reintroduction as a symbol of American patriotism.
For instance, unofficial usage of the Gadsden flag by the U.S. Government has been seen, particularly in the wake of September 11, 2001, most notably by Customs and harbor patrol boats in U.S. ports and individuals serving abroad in the U.S. Military. The First Navy Jack, which was directly related to the Gadsden flag, has also been in use by the U.S. Navy, and since the terrorist attacks is flown on all active naval ships. Citizens of the United States of America began flying the Gadsden flag in response to being attacked on their soil. No one will tread on American soil without a fight.
Whether you approve or disapprove of the war, FlagandBanner.com encourages you to remember the events, and the people who died on 9/11. Hold your own September 11th Memorial or simply take a moment of silence during your day.