FYI: Don't Tread upon Me !
The U.S. Navy is relying on a historic icon to remind the
world of America's Strength and courage. The
rattlesnake has been a favorite symbol of independence
and unity throughout America's history. Today, as
America faces unprecedented threats, this historic of our
founding has emerged as a reminder of our origin and
The Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R. England, has
ordered all U.S. Navy ships to fly the First Navy Jack in
place of the Union Jack for the duration of the Global
War on Terrorism.
In a memo to all ships and stations, England explained,
"The temporary substitution of this Jack represents a
historic reminder of the nation's and Navy's orgin and
will to persevere and triumph."