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I think that the flag is the same worldwide. I'm not sure about the exact dimensions, but I have made a gif which is as close to correct as I can get it from simply seeing the flag flying.
James Dignan, 20 October 1997
by Nelson L. Román, 1 November 2003
I saw, in Puerto Rico, this flag which is of the Salvation Army. I drew it as I
saw on TV and as I found it in
this site. The site
explains the meaning of the flag, shield and crest.
Nelson L. Román, 1 November 2003
I have to say that I think Nelson's colours are better than James's, though I
think that Nelson's star is too 'pointy'. Having said that, a quick
Google search gave
community.webshots.com, where the star also looks rather pointy. James says "I think that the flag is the same worldwide." I would have gone along with that, but I have found a page at www.salvationarmy.ca - the Canada (and Bermuda) site of the S.A. - where "the colours" are defined as "The Salvation Army flag, a tricolour of yellow, red and blue." Can our Canadian (or Bermudan) members comment? Or are they (mis)using 'tricolour' to mean 'a flag which contains three colours' without the normal implication of three equal stripes? Then again, a page at www1.salvationarmy.org shows a flag which is recognisably the same style but not the same detailed design. So I wonder whether the flag really is standardised world-wide. Googling on "Salvation Army" AND flag OR colours gives more hits than I have had time to follow up, but they include the S.A.'s Australian site which shows a flag much as I am used to seeing it in the U.K.
André Coutanche, 3 November 2003
I drive by the US headquarters of the Salvation Army in Alexandria on my way to
work every day and the flag there has (apparently) the same red as in the
stripes on the US flag. The blue, however, is a shade lighter than on the S&S,
which flies alongside (US flag to its own right, before someone asks).
Joe McMillan, 4 November 2003
The Flag of The Salvation Army flies in over 100 countries. The colours are extremely symbolic:
Red for the blood of Christ
Yellow for the fire of the Holy Spirit
Blue for the purity of God the Father
Thus the flag is symbolic of the tri-une God
Anthony Cotterill, 27 June 2000
I write as an officer of The Salvation Army. The flag of the Salvation Army is basically the same throughout the world, except that:
In spite of this, the Salvationists throughout the world recognize the emblem
instantly, and it is a source of encouragement for our faith and a reminder of
our international brotherhood. An interesting aside: The first Salvation Army
flag taken to the USA from London had a small USA flag on the canton. SA flags
used in the Western USA once had a 5-pointed star, as a US Marshall's badge.
C. Patrick Granat, Major, 20 May 2004
The earlier version showing a sun can be seen on
this site. This shows the first version (with sun) from September 1878, the
star having been adopted in June 1882.
Jan Mertens, 22 May 2004
located by Mikhail Revnivtsev
http://dragnev.chat.ru/army/simbols.htm (in Russian) is a flag of the
Salvation Army in Russia. The inscription in Russian "KROV` I OGON`" translates
into the English language as " BLOOD AND FIRE ".
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 4 April 2005
At the website of the SA International Heritage Centre there is a photo of the flag of the SA headquarters in London. The design is the usual one for SA flags plus the writing "The Salvation Army [above the star] International Headquarters [below]" in white on the crimson field.
Martin Karner, 29 December 2005
Here is another photograph of the flag, with tassels, depicting an indoor usage, where the Princess Royal is speaking in front of it at the opening of the International Headquarters in Queen Victoria Street, London EC4P in November 2004: http://www.christiantoday.com/files/min/min_20041113_1113pic3.jpg
Colin Dobson, 1 January 2006
Several years ago I commented that the Salvation Army flag was purple, rather than deep red. This was greeted with some skepticism, as can be seen on this page. I figured that, for reasons best known to themselves, New Zealand's Salvation Army must use a different colour flag to other units worldwide. Finally, my driving past the local fortress coincided with a rare day on which they had their flag up, so I am finally able to present a photo of the flag as flown locally, to show that the colour is indeed purple, not red. This is not an artefact of it being a faded flag - all the Salvation Army flags I have ever seen here have been this colour.
James Dignan, 9 December 2005
During the ecumenic church convention (Ökumenischer Kirchentag) in Berlin 2003, I saw a Salvation Army flag, German version. It had a normal red (neither particularly dark nor purple), the inscription was "BLUT & FEUER" (blood & fire).
Marcus Schmöger, 8 January 2006