NORFOLK – Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) lower the ensign as the ship shifts colors from the fantail to the mast in preparation to get underway. (U.S. Navy file photo and caption)
A reminder to fly your U.S. flags today in honor of the U.S. Navy.
We celebrate Navy Day each year on October 27, one of the score of dates designated in the U.S. Flag Code to fly Old Glory. Navy Day honors everyone who serves or served in the U.S. Navy.
Navy Day may be eclipsed by Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day in modern life, but it’s still in the law and the Navy still notes it.
So should we.
You get an idea of the celebrations from some of the old Navy Day posters. (If you can put a year on posters undesignated, please tell us in comments; if you know of a poster not shown here, please give a link in comments.)
Navy Day poster, after World War I
This may have been used as a Navy Day poster after the death of Theodore Roosevelt, a former, popular Secretary of the Navy. Crash MacDuff blog
Navy Day poster, post World War I, pre-World War II
Navy Day poster, 1931; Crash MacDuff blog
Navy Day poster, early 1940s, featuring the battleship USS New Jersey. Illustration by Matt Murphey
Navy Day poster, 1940s
Two more 1940s Navy Day posters
Navy Day poster, 1944
Billboard showing art similar to the poster, Navy Day 1944. History 101 image
Navy Day Poster, 1945
Navy Day Poster from after World War II (?)
Navy Day poster, 1947, Crash MacDuff blog. “Issued September 1947. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 78860.”
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Love the old posters!