Intrigued by the blue line flag

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As I was coming home from a dog walk today, I noticed that a neighbor was flying a black and white flag with a blue line down the middle, similar to the flag as pictured below. I had never seen a flag like this before, and was curious to learn what it meant.

example of a blue line flag

My first assumption was that it somehow related to all of the news going on these days about the NFL and the protests during the playing of the National Anthem, since flags are often mentioned in the context of this national debate. However, I quickly learned that the “blue line flag” has a completely different meaning: “The blue [line] represents the [police] officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers.”

“The Blue Line” has been called the line of law enforcement that separates society from anarchy, and while some firmly stand against altering the U.S. flag in any way, many members of law enforcement say they appreciate this design and message.

I saw one article online that suggested the blue line flag has been around as a concept since 1988 … somehow, I had never seen one before today. It makes sense that this particular neighbor would have one, as I know that a member of his family is a state trooper.

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