When a US president rides in a limousine, the US Flag waves from the front passenger side. Mounted on the driver’s side is the Presidential Seal. It signals that the president is aboard.
One of DEL’s first projects, twenty years ago, was to make presidential limousine flags using embroidery and applique. DEL Flags is one of the few companies to use those techniques. They add quality and substance to all the military and government flags we sew.
The Presidential Seal is always a version of the United States Great Seal. The founding fathers began to design the seal in 1776, after signing the Declaration of Independence.
Such an emblem needed good symbols. They were hard to find. The committee considered Hercules, Moses, and a few Saxon chiefs. Goddesses, soldiers and warriors. Shields and mottoes.
The Great Seal was finally approved in 1782, with a bald eagle as the focus. It holds an olive branch for peace in one talon, and thirteen arrows for war in the other. It wears a shield with thirteen red and white stripes, for the original colonies. A band of blue unites them under a single government. Red is for valor, white for purity, and blue for justice. The constellation of thirteen stars and the motto, E Pluribus Unum, “out of many, one,” represent the United States coming together as one nation, indivisible.
Government and military flags display the Great Seal with one variable. The shield is always specific to the division or branch. It is such a privilege to attend to the details of each flag we make.