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The Salvation Army flag

The Salvation Army flag

The flag was the first of the emblems to appear marking the adoption of the military system.

Around the world, The Salvation Army flag is a symbol of the Army's war against sin and social evil.

The red on the flag represents the blood of Christ; the blue border stands for purity; and the yellow star in the centre signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Flag imageThe flag is used at special occasions such as marriages, funerals, marches, open-air meetings, enrolments of soldiers, farewells, and retirements.

The first Salvation Army flag was designed and presented to the Coventry Corps in England by Catherine Booth in 1878, marking the adoption of the military system. At the time the centre of the flag was a yellow sun representing Jesus the Light of Life. This was changed to the star in 1882.

Read more at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/heritage