Glendale "Bugler" - Campaign Streamers

The 173 streamers attached to the Army flagstaff denote campaigns fought by the Army throughout America's history. Each streamer, 2¾ inches wide and 4 feet long, is embroidered with the designation of a campaign and the time period in which it occurred.

The colors are derived from the campaign ribbons authorized for service in that particular war. The use of campaign streamers started in the Civil War when Army organizations embroidered the names of battles onto their organizational colors. The practice was discontinued in 1890 when units were authorized to place silver bands engraved with the names of battles around the staffs of their organizational colors.

When units in World War I were unable to obtain silver bands, General Jack Pershing authorized the use of small ribbons bearing the names of the World War I operations. Since 1921, all color-bearing Army organizations use the large campaign streamers currently displayed for each of the following: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, War with Spain, China Relief Expedition, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Expedition, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Armed Forces Expeditions, and Southwest Asia. Campaign streamers are awarded for active federal military service in a theater of operations.

Webmaster note: The service with the second most number of campaign streamers is the U.S. Air Force. Even though the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines are older than the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Air Force inherited the honors from the U.S. Army Air Corps which dates back to World War I. With those honors came the campaign streamers.

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