The U.S. Navy is relying on a historic icon to remind the world
of America's Strength and courage. The rattlesnake has been a
favorite symbol of independence and unity throughout
America's history. Today, as America faces unprecedented
threats, this historic of our founding has emerged as a reminder
of our origin and true courage.

The Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R. England, has ordered all
U.S. Navy ships to fly the First Navy Jack in place of the Union
Jack for the duration of the Global War on Terrorism.

In a memo to all ships and stations, England explained, "The
temporary substitution of this Jack represents a historic
reminder of the nation's and Navy's orgin and will to persevere
and triumph."
FYI: Don't Tread upon Me !