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Our Allies' Flags
Our Allies' Flags
TitleOur Allies' Flags
DescriptionPostcard showing the flag of the United States with the American eagle and in the background the 12 flags of the Allies in World War I.
Historical ArticleOur Allies is the title of this postcard showing the flag of the United States with the protective American eagle and in the background the 12 flags of the Allies in World War I.

Flags of the Allies are displayed in accordance with the flag code: When flags of two or more nations are displayed they should be flown from separate staffs of the same height and the flags should be approximately equal size.

The flags shown from left to right are Russia, Belgium, Montenegro, France, Italy, Romania, Cuba, Great Britain, Serbia, Japan, Portugal and Panama.

The U.S. had been at war six months when this card was mailed by a soldier in the 353rd infantry from Junction City, Kas.

President Woodrow Wilson, who was in office when war was declared against Germany, once spoke these words of Old Glory: The flag which we honor and under which we serve is the emblem of our unity, our power, our strength and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war; and yet, though silent, it speaks to us. Speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us and of the records they wrote upon it.

Although the U.S. is the youngest of the great nations of the world, its flag is the oldest. The flag of England, in its distinctive form of the Union Jack, dates back only to 1801. The Spaniards first established their flag in 1785. The French tricolors were adopted in 1794. The German and Italian flags are no older.

Kansas City Star
June 13, 1970

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
SubjectFlags
War allies
Local SubjectWorld War I
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000121
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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