What Does The Gold-Fringed Flag Signify?

Give 'em the cold steel, boys! -- Gen. Lewis Armistead during Picket's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg

         It is commonplace to see a gold-fringed United States flag standing in the present-day courtrooms. Is the gold fringe there for decoration only, or does it signify a certain jurisdiction? Make no mistake about it -- the American People have been put on notice that the normal constitutional functions of government have been suspended and that their Land has been placed under martial law. The information below is not by any means exhaustive, but will at least point the reader in the right direction to do additional research on his own.


        &#160Flag, an emblem of a nation; usually made of cloth and flown from a staff. From a military standpoint flags are of two general classes, those flown from stationary masts over army posts, and those carried by troops in formation. The former are referred to by the general name flags. The latter are called colors when carried by dismounted troops. Colors and Standards are more nearly square than flags and are made of silk with a knotted Fringe of Yellow on three sides....
         Use of the flag. The most general and appropriate use of the flag is as a symbol of authority and power (National Encyclopedia, Volume IV).

         Placing of fringe on the national flag, the dimensions of the flag, and arrangement of the stars are matters of detail not controlled by statute, but within the discretion of the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy ([1925], 34 Op.Atty.Gen. 483).

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