Replacing the Army Spade Finial

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Finial = the topper/ornament of a flagstaff Flagstaff = the guidon staff carried by a color guard member Active Duty and Reserve US Navy and US Coast Guard color guards are required to have the battle-ax, also called a Battalion Lance, as their primary finial, according to NTP 13B, Flags, Pennants and Customs (download from the Resources page). The Army …

The Only Time the Spread Eagle Ornament is Used!

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Military color teams always use the spade/Army Spear (gold- or silver-color) individually and in joint service situations. There are two exceptions: 1. The Navy and Coast Guard use the battle-ax 2. When the President of the United States is involved with the ceremony. In this instance, the spread eagle ornament is used for the American flag. Below is a picture …