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A member of the US Navy (USN) Parachute Demonstration Team the "Leap Frogs," descends from the sky into Civic Park, displaying the National ENSIGN, during Navy Week Denver and Cinco de Mayo festivities. Navy Week - Denver is one of 20 such events, arranged by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), planned for the year in cities throughout the US

The National ensign flies from the stern of the reflagged Kuwaiti super tanker GAS PRINCE

Sailors man the rails for one final time at the decommissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41). A large and colorful National ENSIGN flies from the fantail before the colors are lowered for the last time

Boatswain Mate First Class (BT1) D.E. Brownlee, USN, a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard is shown in dress blues before the National ENSIGN following a retirement ceremony at building 72

D. E. Brownlee, USN, a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard is shown in front of the National ENSIGN following a retirement ceremony at Building 72

Quartermaster 3rd Class (QM3) Darren A. Moran of Meridian, Mississippi (left) and Signalman 3rd Class (SM3) William D. Bolton, of Jacksonville, Florida, hoist the National ENSIGN during the commissioning ceremony of the United States Navy's newest Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer, the USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80)

SEAMAN Recruit (SNR) Lakiba Nicole Palmer's mother, Theresa Smith, accepts the National ENSIGN, which draped her daughter's casket at Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California. SEAMAN Palmer died in the explosion aboard the Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS COLE (DDG 67)

The National ENSIGN is lifted from the casket of SEAMAN Recruit (SNR) Likiba Nicole Palmer at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, San Diego, California. SEAMAN Palmer died in an explosion aboard the Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS COLE (DDG 67)

The National ENSIGN is lifted from the casket of SEAMAN Recruit (SNR) Likiba Nicole Palmer at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, San Diego, California. SEAMAN Palmer died in an explosion aboard the Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS COLE (DDG 67)

U.S. National ensign aboard USS Carl Vinson

Sailors assigned to the Ceremonial Guard for Navy Region Hawaii prepare the National Ensign for presentation to family members of Robert Veldron Johnson

Sailors assigned to the Ceremonial Guard for Navy Region Hawaii salute as the National Ensign is presented during an internment servicethe son of a Navy

Sailors assigned to the Ceremonial Guard for Navy Region Hawaii prepare the National Ensign for presentation to family members of Robert Veldron Johnson

On the flight deck of the US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS HARRY S. TURMAN (CVN 75), USN Sailors pledge allegiance to the National ENSIGN during a memorial service for the victims of September 11, 2001. The TRUMAN is currently participating in the Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMTUEX) phase, designed to train the ship, airwing, and other vessels in the battle group to function as one fighting force

A boy named Christopher Dorsey sits atop a restored B-25J Mitchell aircraft bubbed the Executive Sweet and observes activities during an Air Show at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA). The National ENSIGN and the Prisoner of War/Mission in Action (POW/MIA) Flags fly in the background

US Navy (USN) Yeoman SEAMAN Apprentice (YNSA) Shaun R. Ispas (left) and USN Electricians Mate Third Class (EM3) Aric A. Cowett, stand on deck and salute the National ENSIGN aboard the USN OHIO CLASS: Strategic Missile Submarine, USS KENTUCKY (SSNB 737), as the ship conducts mooring operations at its new home port at Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Bangor, Washington (WA)

Honored guests fill the USS Arizona Memorial

A view of the US Marine Corps (USMC) construction site at Marine Camp, Al Jaber Airbase (AB), Kuwait, pictured during a sand storm, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The National ENSIGN flies at half-mast in remembrance of the space shuttle Columbia's crew

US Marine Corps (USMC) members from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, raise the National ENSIGN during a welcoming ceremony held on Camp Engaru at the start of Exercise FOREST LIGHT II 2003

A US Marine Corps (USMC) color guard from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, displays the Marine flag and National ENSIGN during the national anthem at a ceremony held on Camp Engaru at the start of Exercise FOREST LIGHT II 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) troops from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, raise the National ENSIGN during a welcoming ceremony held on Camp Engaru at the start of Exercise FOREST LIGHT II 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) troops from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, raise the National ENSIGN during a welcoming ceremony held on Camp Engaru at the start of Exercise FOREST LIGHT II 2003

Kenneth Fredrickson, son of Chief Daniel Fredrickson, receives the National Ensign from Capt. James Colgary, Commanding Officer Naval Submarine Support Facility New London, during a memorial service

Royal Army (British) Soldiers push equipment past the National ENSIGN while setting up operations at Lager Aulenbach, Germany, during the US European Command (USEUCOM) -sponsored Exercise COMBINED ENDEAVOR. The Exercise is a Partnership for Peace (PfP) exercised hosted by Germany, and is the largest information and communications systems exercise in the world which focuses primarily on Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) interoperability testing and documentation

Country musician Charlie Daniels dons a Navy ballcap and waves the National Ensign presented to him by Command Master Chief Michael Tsikours of Recruit Training Command

A US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine from the Ceremonial Platoon holds the National ENSIGN in preparation for the morning colors, during the US Navy (USN) Birthday Celebration, held aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Virginia (VA)

US Marine Corps (USMC) MASTER GUNNERY Sergeant (MGYSGT) Stephen W. Shields, right, passes the National ENSIGN to a First Sergeant (1SGT), while Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Neller, looks on, at the Clubs of Quantico, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Virginia

Sailors assigned to the Naval Station Great Lakes Funeral Detail fold the National Ensign in honor of William Sylvester White.

Rear Adm. Ann E. Rondeau salutes the National Ensign after presenting it to Sala Marilyn Steinbach, daughter of William Sylvester White.

US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral (lower half) (RDML) Ann E. Rondeau, Commander, Navy Region Midwest/Commander, Naval Service Training Command, salutes the National ENSIGN after presenting it to Sala Marilyn Steinbach, daughter of William Sylvester White, one of the Navys first 13 African-American officers. Dubbed "The Golden 13", he was one of the Navys first 13 African-American officers. Mr. White, 79, served in the Navy from 1943-1946, earning the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG). Following his commission at Naval Training Station, Great Lakes in 1944, he served as a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) at both Ninth Naval District and in Washington, D.C. A 1937 graduate of the University of...

During the full military burial honors for US Navy (USN) Admiral (ADM) Thomas H. Moorer at Arlington National Cemetery, Mrs. Carrie Moorer receives the National ENSIGN from retired USN Vice Admiral (VADM) Joe P. Moorer, ADM Moorers surviving brother. USN ADM Moorer, graduate of the Naval Academy class of 1933, went on to serve as the CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO) from 1967-1970, whereupon he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF (CJCS), a post he held until his retirement in 1974. A former naval aviator, USN ADM Moorer earned many personal decorations and honors during his career, including the Department of Defense (DoD) hed Service Medal (DSM) and the...

A female student at the Dani Ghuch School carrier her National ENSIGN, during a ceremony celebrating the opening of 6 new classrooms. US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to Task Force (TF) Wolfhound, form the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, completed a construction project to expand the capacity of the school from 6-to-8 room, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Sailors render hand salutes and the U.S. Seventh Fleet Band stands at attention while Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Sailors raise the National Ensign.

Two US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) Murphy, Troop Commander, and USMC Lance Corporal (LCPL) Mark Hymanson, Flag Bearer, assigned to the US Military Combined Endeavor delegation march back to the formation escorting the National ENSIGN, during the Closing Ceremonies for Exercise COMBINED ENDEAVOR 2004, at Lager Aulenbach, Germany. The Exercise is a US European Command (USEUCOM) sponsored exercise, designed to identify and document command, control, communications, and computer (C4) interoperability between North American Treaty Organization (NATO) and Partnership for Peace nations

With the National Ensign flying, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt Baron Morales, from Miami, Fla., monitors the engine start of the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules transport plane Fat Albert.

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) Sailors man the rails while a color detail ties down the National ENSIGN as the ship arrives at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, while circumnavigating South America enroute to its new homeport at San Diego, California (CA)

Senior leadership and Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), salute the National Ensign during a remembrance memorial to former President Ronald Reagan.

US Embassy Officials, from the US Embassy to Iraq, raise the US National ENSIGN (Flag) during the initial Flag Raising ceremony at the opening of the US Embassy Regional Office in Kirkuk, At Ta 'Mim Province, Iraq (IRQ), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

The Honorable John Negroponte (second from left, front), the US Ambassador to Iraq, US Embassy to Iraq Officials, and local Iraqi officials stand at attention as the US National ENSIGN (Flag) is raised during the initial Flag Raising ceremony at the opening of the US Embassy Regional Office in Kirkuk, At Ta 'Mim Province, Iraq (IRQ), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Adan Rodriguez raises the National Ensign as the Los Angeles class fast attack submarine USS Portsmouth (SSN 707) prepares to get underway.

A lone U.S. Air Force AIRMAN stands at attention and salutes the American Flag (National ENSIGN) as the final scene of the U.S. Air Force Tattoo Ceremony, hosted by the Honorable Dr. James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force, and U.S. Air Force GEN. John P. Jumper, CHIEF of STAFF of the Air Force, on Oct. 5, 2004, at Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. (US Air Force photo by STAFF SGT. Amber K. Whittington) (Released)

Sailors assigned to the attack submarine USS Parche (SSN 683), lower the National Ensign for the last time during a change of command and decommissioning ceremony.

US Navy (USN) Sailors assigned to the Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine USS PARCHE (SSN 683), lower the National ENSIGN for the last time during a change of command and decommissioning ceremony held at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington (WA). The PARCHE, the last of the Sturgeon Class attack submarines, was configured for research and development from 1987-1991 and used primarily for intelligence gathering and underwater salvage

Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) fold the National Ensign.

Dental Technician 3rd Class Adam Garcia attaches the National Flag of Japan as Hospital Corpsman Seaman Apprentice Lavonda Gordon attaches the U.S. National Ensign to lanyards during a special colors ceremony.

Personnelman Seaman Jeremy Middleton of Long Beach, Calif., shifts colors and raises the National Ensign at half-mast aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

Capt. Thomas A. Parker, left, Rear Adm. Jamie D. Kelly, center, and Cmdr. Michael L. Schutz, right, salute the National Ensign during a change-of-command ceremony .

US Navy (USN) chief petty officer selectees fold the National ENSIGN aboard USS CONSTITUTION (Old Ironsides) after a day of community relations' projects in the Boston area. Old Ironsides takes part in CPO (chief petty officer) selectee training every summer, teaching approximately 300 new chiefs leadership and teamwork skills from naval history so they can apply that knowledge in their modern careers

A US Marine Corps (USMC) rifle detail from Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii (HI), fire a 21-gun salute with 5.56 mm M16A2 rifles during a ceremony dedicating a new flagstaff and display of bronze plaques commemorating the 73 Marines who gave their lives and the 15 survivors of the attack on the US Navy (USN) battleship USS ARIZONA at Pearl Harbor, HI, on December 7, 1941. The memorial features the names of the 88 Marines stationed aboard ARIZONA during the attack, a piece of steam pipe from the ARIZONA's original hull, the National ENSIGN, and the US Navy and Marine Corps flags

Machinery Repairman 1st Class Michelle Young folds the National Ensign in the shrine room of the USS Arizona Memorial.

Ceremonial Guard, salute the National Ensign aboard the USS Arizona Memorial as the National Anthem plays during the 64th commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor survivors salute the National Ensign during the 64th commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sonar Technician 3rd Class Donnie Garrison salutes the National Ensign during morning colors before casting off the Peruvian transport ship BAP Mollendo (ATC 131).

U.S. National Ensign flies from the back of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB).

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser (Aegis) USS COWPENS (CG 63), Quartermaster Second Class (QM2) Tamika Shead raises the National ENSIGN, while the ship is underway in the Pacific Ocean, during the opening phases of a joint US-Russian Naval Exercise. A Russian Federation Navy vessel made the first visit to the US Territory of Guam in order to participate in a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Amphibious Assault Ship, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), USN AIRMAN (AN) Gredrick Gaither Jr. salutes the National ENSIGN during morning colors on the flight deck, while in port at Navy Base (NB) San Diego, California (CA)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Kevin Vargascolon (left) and CPL Christian Zamora (right), both with the 6th Communications Battalion (BN), secure the US Flag (National ENSIGN) before raising it outside their tent at Forward Operating Site (FOS) Eagle in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BIH), during Operation COMBINED ENDEAVOR 2006

With the National Ensign flying, an HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) moves into position near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

US Navy (USN) Quartermaster SEAMAN (QMSN) Michael Cocoran prepares to raise the National ENSIGN aboard the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). The REAGAN and USN Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) are completing a deployment in support of the Global War On Terrorism (GWOT) and Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Pacific Ocean

US Navy (USN) Sailors host the National ENSIGN aboard the USS ARIZONA (BB 63) Memorial, prior to a Re-enlistment/Independence Day Ceremony held on board, at Navy Base (NB) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (HI)

Seaman Todd Lassiter raises the National Ensign during morning colors on board Commander, Naval Forces Marianas.

060807-N-9662L-021 (Aug. 7, 2006)US Navy (USN) SEAMAN Todd Lassiter raises the National ENSIGN during Morning Colors at Commander, Naval Forces Marianas, located at Santa Rita, Guam. SEAMAN Lassiter is assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas as a Postal Clerk. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST Second Class John F. Looney (RELEASED)

060814-N-2716P-005 (Aug. 14, 2006)US Navy (USN) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) salute the National ENSIGN during morning colors. The FITZGERALD is forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (JPN).U.S. Navy official photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST First Class Paul J. Phelps (Released)

060814-N-2716P-006 (Aug. 14, 2006)US Navy (USN) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) salute the National ENSIGN during morning colors. The FITZGERALD is forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (JPN).U.S. Navy official photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST First Class Paul J. Phelps (Released)

Sailors and Marines render honors to the National Ensign at the commencement of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) swearing-in ceremony.

U.S. Navy Quartermaster 2nd Class Efrain Torres (left) and SEAMAN Shawn Canfield raise the National ENSIGN on the signal bridge of the Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) after a replenishment at sea operation in the Pacific Ocean on Sept. 1, 2006. KITTY HAWK and its embarked Carrier Air Wing are currently at sea as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN Joshua Wayne LeGrand) (Released)

The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy Luhu Class (Type 052) Guided Missile Destroyer QINGDAO (DDG 113) flies the U.S. National ENSIGN and signal flags during a Goodwill Visit at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Sept. 7, 2006. The visit provides an excellent opportunity to enhance cooperation between the two navies and underscores the United States commitment to supporting ongoing cooperative efforts in the Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class James E. Foehl) (Released)

U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician Collection SEAMAN Recruit David Shelton, assigned to the Center for Information Dominance (CID) at Corry Station, releases the National ENSIGN as Cryptologic Technician Collection SEAMAN Recruit Shane Hillman, hoists it up the flagpole and Cryptologic Technician Technical SEAMAN Apprentice Jessica Helms salutes in observance of morning colors, at Pensacola, Fla. (U.S. Navy PHOTO by Darlene Goodwin) (Released)

A Sailor assigned to USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) holds the National Ensign during the playing of the Nation Anthem during the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game at Alltel Stadium.

Quartermaster Seaman Jeff Schulze, Quartermaster 3rd Class Wilfred Gonzalez and Quartermaster 2nd Class Jason A. Lentz fold the National Ensign aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2)

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Command Master Chief (CMC) Christopher Engles render honors by receiving the National Ensign for the family of the deceased during a burial at sea.

U.S. Navy Command MASTER CHIEF Christopher Engles, assigned to the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), receives the U.S. National ENSIGN (American Flag) for the family of the deceased during a burial-at-sea ceremony on Dec. 14, 2006, while the ROOSEVELT is maintaining qualifications as part of the U.S. Navy fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications SPECIALIST SEAMAN Sheldon Rowley) (Released)

Two U.S. Navy Sailors, serving as morning color detail aboard the U.S. Navy L. Y. Spear Class Submarine Tender USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40), salute the U.S. Flag (National ENSIGN) on Jan. 1, 2007, as it flies at half-staff to honor former President, and U.S. Navy veteran, Gerald R. Ford, who died on Dec. 26, 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class Jeremy Johnson) (Released)

U.S. Navy MASTER CHIEF Sonar Technician Yoshimi Core, Command MASTER CHIEF, Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25,"Fist of the Fleet"), carries an American Flag (National ENSIGN) during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) on Jan. 30, 2007, while the REAGAN and its strike group are currently underway on a surge deployment in support of U.S. military operations in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 2nd Class Christopher D. Blachly) (Released)

U.S. Marine Corps SGT. Peter Stone, National ENSIGN, CPL. Christopher House, Combat Logistics Battalion 2 Colors, Lance CPL. Mik Gramse, left rifle, and Lance CPL. Gabriel Rodriguez, right rifle, stand at attention after posting the Colors during the Transfer Of Authority Ceremony, in which Combat Logistics Battalion is turning over command to Combat Logistics Battalion 2 on March 8, 2007. Combat Logistics Battalion 2 is deployed within the Anbar province in order to develop the Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of rule of law through democratic government reforms and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. (U.S. Marine Corps...

U.S Marine Corps Sgt. Peter Stone, National Ensign, Cpl. Christopher House, Combat Logistics Battalion 2 Colors, Lance Cpl. Mik Gramse, rifle, and Lance Cpl. Gabriel Rodriguez, rifle, post the Colors during the Transfer Of Authority Ceremony, in which Combat Logistics Battalion is turning over command to Combat Logistics Battalion 2 on March 8, 2007. Combat Logistics Battalion 2 is deployed within the Anbar province in order to develop the Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of rule of law through democratic government reforms and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael J. O'Brien) (Released)

U.S. Marine Corps SGT. Peter Stone, National ENSIGN, CPL. Christopher House, Combat Logistics Battalion 2 Colors, Lance CPL. Mik Gramse, rifle, and Lance CPL. Gabriel Rodriguez, rifle, retire the Colors during the Transfer Of Authority Ceremony, in which Combat Logistics Battalion is turning over command to Combat Logistics Battalion 2 on March 8, 2007. Combat Logistics Battalion 2 is deployed within the Anbar province in order to develop the Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of rule of law through democratic government reforms and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by CPL. Michael J. O'Brien)...

The flag detail on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) retire the National Ensign for the last time during the decommissioning ceremony of the naval warship.

U.S. Navy CHIEF Special Warfare Operator Larry Summerfield,, member of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs (the U.S. Navy Parachute Demonstration Team), delivers the U.S. National Flag (National ENSIGN) to the football field during a performance at North Bullitt High School in Shepherdsville, Ky., on April 27, 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class Terry Matlock) (Released)

Sailors assigned to USS Hawaii (SSN 776) stand at attention after hoisting the National Ensign and Commissioning Pennant, placing the ship in active service.

A Sailor hoists the National Ensign aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56) as the guided missile cruiser moors at Staten Island�s Stapleton Pier .

Crewmembers assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit North Carolina (SSN 777) stand at attention as the National Ensign is raised during morning colors in Wilmington, N.C.

Capt. C.L. Wheeler, left, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), presents Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a National Ensign which was flown over the ship and a certificate certifying that the flag was flown.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Allen Cameron and Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Juan Mejia lower the National Ensign.

aval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) raise the National Ensign.

Members of Boy Scouts Troop 435 and Cub Scouts Troop 3401 from Guantanamo Bay take down the National Ensign.

Senior Chief Operations Specialist Phillip Heldt, assigned to Naval Station Rota, explains how to properly raise the National Ensign to Brennan Outar of Boy Scout Troop 73.

Chief Machinist Mate Ramone Mota presents the National Ensign to Capt. Jeffrey Ruth, executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a burial at sea ceremony.

taff Sgt. Michelle Barboza unfolds the National ensign at Naval Station Rota Spain, during the annual flag raising ceremony

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Zachary M. White, center, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor, Wash. commanding officer, secures the National Ensign to the flagpole after it was raised for the first time

A Sailor salutes the National Ensign during a commissioning ceremony practice aboard (PCU) New Mexico (SSN 779).

A Sailor raises the National Ensign during a commissioning ceremony aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning (PCU) New Mexico (SSN 779).

Culinary Specialist 1st Class Arnel Ortega, assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam raises the National Ensign.

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Cousino, left, and Sonar Technician 3rd Class Justin Kessen salute the National Ensign.

Quartermaster Seaman Rebecca Anderson raises the National Ensign aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde.

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Josiah Simpson, left, and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Rachel Curtis shift colors and raise the National Ensign as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) pulls into port.

Naval Medical Center San Diego staff salute the National Ensign during the parading of colors at a commemoration for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 ceremony.

Chief petty officer selectees unfurl the National Ensign during a 9/11 Flag Retirement Ceremony on Naval Submarine Base New London.

Sailors assigned to Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport salute the National Ensign during morning colors at the 4th Annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day ceremony.

The National Ensign is flown at half mast during the interment of Seaman 1st Class Wallace F. Quillin at the USS Arizona Memorial.