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Why Fly The Gadsden Flag?

Maybe you see one when you're walking the dog around your neighborhood. Or perhaps there's one on a bumper while you're driving to work every day. Wherever you've seen it, the image of the Gadsden Flag is unforgettable. The coiled rattlesnake declares “Don't Tread On Me” and you know the person bearing that flag means business. But what exactly is the historical significance of this flag? And more importantly, why is it so popular today?

The Gadsden Flag has its origins in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin first referenced the rattlesnake as a symbol of what would happen to the colonies if they remained divided over the unfair policies of Britain. It became a popular symbol for the Americans as they moved closer to war. The U.S. Navy was established in 1775, and during their first missions, five Marine companies assisted the Navy. Those Marines carried yellow drums, which had that distinctive snake painted on them, along with the motto “Don't Tread On Me”.

Around the same time, Colonel Christopher Gadsden created the flag that bears his name and presented it to the commander-in-chief of the navy. While it's unclear who inspired who, the Gadsden Flag became a hugely popular symbol of America for several decades.

In modern times, the Gadsden “Don't Tread On Me” flag has become a symbol of both American Patriotism and as a symbol of disagreement with government policies. It had a surge in popularity after 9/11, and has been used by U.S. Customs and is now flown on all active naval ships.

You don't have to support every government policy to be a patriot. Those who use the Gadsden Flag in protest do so out of love for their country and their freedom. Every governing body needs checks and balances, and this flag is a strong reminder of that. It has been flown in all of the Tea Party protests of 2009.

You can show your support for your country and your freedom with traditional flags, as well as Gadsden clothing, stickers, patches, and more. The increased demand for the flag has resulted in a wide variety of ways to display it. Fly your flag high and proud!

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