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Error on military wall

As veterans, we read with considerable interest and disappointment in the June 8th edition of the Sun-Gazette describing the new Millionaire Military Wall, which shows our military service emblems in the wrong order. There is a specific order that that should be followed when displaying military service emblems, insignia, seals, and flags, including the order of marching together, the order in which the service songs are to be played, etc.

The Order of Precedence of military services is prescribed by the Department of Defense Directive 1005.8, which involves the dates each service was established by Congress and whether or not currently under the command of the Department of Defense.

The directive prescribes the order of display — pre Space Force — as, from left to right: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard. With the recent establishment of the U.S. Space Force, the Order has been updated as follows: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is last since it falls under the command of the Department of Homeland Security. However, if Congress were to declare a state of war, the Coast Guard would come under the command of the Department of Defense and would be placed immediately to the right of the Navy in the Order of Precedence.

The National VFW Headquarters Bulletin reminds its members monthly of the following:

DISPLAYING MILITARY SERVICE SYMBOLS. Military service flags, insignias, etc., should be displayed in the following order (left to right): Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and then Coast Guard.

BILL JAMESON

Williamsport

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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