What Does the Marine Corp Emblem Signify?


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The eagle on the Marine Corps emblem represents the proud nation they defend. The globe represents the Marine Corps worldwide presence. The anchor represents both the Marine Corps' naval heritage and their ability to access any coastline in the world.

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The Marine Corps emblem, the eagle, globe and anchor, has been a part of the uniform of the Marine Corps since 1868, and in 1955 became the official emblem of the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps have an official flag and motto as well. The Marine Corps have had a few different flags since the time of the Revolutionary War, but the scarlet flag has been flown since January of 1939. The eagle, globe and anchor emblem is atop the scarlet background in gray and gold. There is a ribbon flying from the beak of the eagle that reads "Semper Fidelis," the Marine Corps motto, which means "Always Faithful." The words "United States Marine Corps" are written on the scroll below. Gold and scarlet became the official colors of the Marine Corps in 1925.

The Marine Corps flag is flown at ceremonies and hangs in the offices of the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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