Department of the Army Emblem
The Army seal is traditionally used to authenticate documents and is not authorized for display. To create an official Army emblem the Secretary of the Army approved the design on 29 January 1974. The Army emblem was developed from the Army seal but differs in a number of ways. The emblem is displayed in color and includes the inscription, “Department of the Army”, instead of “War Office.” The American flag is on the viewer’s left and the Army flag pattern has been added to the other flag. The Roman numerals “MDCCLXXVIII” (1778) for the date the Army seal was adopted, are replaced with the date “1775” for the date the Army was established.
The colors are those traditionally associated with the Army. The flags are in proper colors. Blue for loyalty, vigilance, perseverance and truth. Red for courage, zeal and fortitude. White for purity of purpose and black for determination and constancy. Gold represents achievement, dignity and honor.
This information on The Department of the Army Emblem is taken from Medals of America’s book: The Decorations, Medals, Ribbons, Badges and Insignia of The United States Army.Department of the Army Emblem,