Here’s why the American flag is reserved on military uniforms

Here’s why the American flag is reserved on military uniforms

Tim Marshall, the author of “Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flags” explains why American flags are reversed on military uniforms.


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20 Responses

  1. Akil Iyer says:


  2. Ahsanali Shakeel says:


  3. Martín Illanes says:

    The title reversed itself

  4. Gilbert v says:

    ” hello I’m Tim Marshall, and welcome to an episode of fun with flags”

  5. Holobrine says:

    Why not put the flag on the other shoulder so it can face forward and not be backwards?

  6. Antoine Lafontaine says:

    “Fun with flags” Irl….

  7. Red X says:

    title is reserved… the fuck?

  8. Pvt. Pepe says:

    Yes we do take it, and its history very seriously.

  9. Warlock TalismanHero says:

    reserved? lmfao u mean reversed?

  10. Hussain Chowdhury says:

    at least british flag patch isnt confusing coz its symmetrical

  11. rowsdower says:

    It isn’t reversed. It’s assaulting forward.

  12. ILikePie says:

    I swear to God if one more person complains about the title as if there aren’t already 100 comments about it

  13. Pumpkins says:

    That’s funny considering America has retreated in almost all post-ww2 conflicts.

  14. Cheese Burger says:

    Fuck the United States flag. All 50 stars, all 13 stripes, all 3 colors. Fuck them all. Fuck the 13 colonies and fuck he 50 states and fuck the values the colors represent. Fuck the soldiers who fight for it. They aren’t heroes. They’re people who couldn’t figure their shit out so they just joined the military for a guaranteed paycheck for the next few years. This is not a country to be proud of. We’re a business, we’re greedy and we do t give a fuck about each other, we just give a shit about ourselves. We don’t care about our neighbor’s freedom, we care about our own so we aren’t inconvenienced. America is fucking fake. You’re a bunch of liberal cunts and redneck fucks. One day, you’ll be owned by China and your pride will be gone. Count on that.

  15. Mysteryskatin says:

    I’m a firefighter. Firefighters/police officers have the reversed American flag on their uniforms too. I had always heard that it was meant to symbolize the way the flag waved as it was carried into battle by a flag-bearer. Since flag-bearers haven’t been used in over a century, it’s supposed to be as though each man carries a flag into battle himself. That’s how it was explained to me, at least.

  16. Oumar Traore says:

    The guy in this video didn’t even tell the answer. The reason the flag is reversed is because it means going into battle

  17. yogesh bangaru says:

    not only USA….the 195 countries in world respect their flags…

  18. Nero says:

    Can someone summarize this 1:30 video? Thanks.

  19. Bilbo Ben Banging says:

    i wipe my ass with us flag toilet paper

  20. pK says:

    WHO cares about the flag of Terrorists ?

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