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Thin Green Line Flag

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017

The Thin Green Line Flag represents Federal Agents such as Border Patrol, Park Rangers, Game Wardens and Conservation Personnel. Some consider the Thin Green Line Flag as representing military as well.
Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

Photos of the Thin Green Line Flag - Stars and Stripes design, can be found here:
http://www.stevenstacticalshop.com/ebay-store/product/142349483736
https://www.iamericasflags.com/thin-green-line-black-and-white-american-flag-3x5/
https://www.amazon.com/Enforcement-Conservation-Environment-TrendyLuz-Flags/dp/B01NAV0T4Z
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019

Another version of the flag is offered for sale here:
https://motoloot.com/products/street-speed-717-us-flag-thin-green-line-5x3

The photos reveal that it is another "blackout" flag design (red and blue replaced with black and white replaced with gray), although the word itself was not used.
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019


Thin Orange Line Flag

[Thin Orange Line flag] image by Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017

The Thin Orange Line Flag represents Search and Rescue Personnel (SAR).
Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

The flag is sometimes also described as representing Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel.
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017

Photos of the Thin Orange Line Flag - Stars and Stripes design, can be found here:
http://www.stevenstacticalshop.com/ebay-store/product/142349481819
https://www.iamericasflags.com/thin-orange-line-black-and-white-american-flag-3x5/
As can be seen, shade of orange seems to vary.
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017

The orange stripe width may vary, as shown at https://www.flagandbanner.com/products/thin-orange-line-flag.asp, still remaining narrower than black portions of the field.
Tomislav Todorovic, 20 February 2019

[Thin Orange Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 20 February 2019

[Thin Orange Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 20 February 2019

There is also a variant with three stripes of equal width, as shown at https://www.flagcenter.com/thin-orange-line-3x5-ft-flag and https://www.flagcenter.com/thin-orange-line-house-banner/.

A vertical variant also exists, as shown at https://www.flagcenter.com/thin-orange-line-garden-flag and https://www.iamericasflags.com/ems-orange-line-double-applique-garden-flag.
As all these examples reveal, the flag ratio may vary between 2:3 and 3:5.
Tomislav Todorovic, 20 February 2019


Thin Silver Line Flag

[Thin Silver Line flag] image by Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017

The Thin Silver Line Flag represents Correctional Officers.
Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

The flag is also called Thin Gray Line Flag, as the stripe color varies from light to medium gray.
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017

Photos of the Thin Silver Line Flag (also called the Thin Gray Line Flag) - Stars and Stripes design, can be found here:
https://www.iamericasflags.com/thin-gray-line-black-and-white-american-flag-3x5/>
http://www.imgrum.org/media/1377064864756943704_3152725817
http://www.imgrum.org/media/1512544178582931676_30855482
http://www.imgrum.org/media/1389844474313720080_3152725817

The shade of gray clearly varies from light to medium to dark gray. The same is true for the decals, stickers, pins and other items bearing this pattern; a good example is a pin which is offered for sale here:
https://www.thinbluelineusa.com/collections/flags/products/thin-silver-line-american-flag-pin
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017


Thin White Line Flags

[Thin White Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 15 February 2018

The Thin White Line Flag represents emergency medical services. The thin white line differs from other thin lines in that the background is blue instead of black, with a white line crossing horizontally through the middle.
Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

[Thin White Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 15 February 2018

Another variant would be a black background with white line.
Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

[Thin White Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 15 February 2018

A  novel design based on the U.S. national flag was also introduced and is offered for sale. It is derived from the flags on which both blue and red are replaced with black and the white stripe beneath the canton is repainted into one of the Thin Line colors. Here, the said stripe is white, while the other white stripes are changed into blue.
Tomislav Todorovic, 15 February 2018


Thin Red Line Flag for Nurses

[Thin Red Line flag] image by Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017

A Thin Red Line Flag represents Registered Nurses. The Thin Red Line differs from other thin lines in that the background is white instead of black, with a red line crossing horizontally through the middle. It is interesting to note that the same Thin Red Line design originally came about as a description used to refer to an outgunned military unit holding firm against attack.
Pete Loeser, 3 June 2017


Thin Yellow Line Flag

[Thin Yellow Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017

The thin yellow line flag is used for security (banks, stadiums), loss prevention officers (prevention​ of there).
Zachary Harden, 3 June 2017

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018

Thin Yellow Line, which represents tow truck drivers, security officers and loss prevention personnel.
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017


Thin Gold Line Flag

[Thin Gold Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017

[Thin Gold Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017

The Thin Gold Line flag represents the dispatchers and communication personnel.
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017


Thin Pink Line Flag

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018

Unlike the other Thin Line symbols, the Thin Pink Line does not represent solidarity with some of the emergency services: it stands for the breast cancer awareness. Its color is borrowed from the older and well-established symbol of breast cancer awareness, the pink ribbon [1]. Most frequently, the flag using this symbol is a black and white variation of the USA national flag (both blue and red colors replaced with black), with the white stripe beneath the canton being repainted into pink [2, 3, 4]. The same symbol is sometimes described as symbolizing the support to women in emergency services [5], but the breast cancer awareness is definitely the dominant symbolism.

The flag with a pink horizontal stripe on black field seems not to have appeared yet, but the design is much used for the decals, pins and other items which can copy the flag design, so it is probably just a matter of time when such flags will be offered for sale.

Sources:

Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018


Thin Purple Line Flag

[Thin Pu Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018

[Thin Green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018

Thin Purple Line, or Thin Violet Line, stands for "person(s) who died or suffered great injury while in political office due to violence" [1, 2]. Alternately, it is sometimes attributed to the "used by a civilian who is in possession of a conceal and carry permit and is willing to help when needed" [3]. One flag employing this symbol has a horizontal purple stripe on black field [1, 3], while the other is the black and white variation of the USA national flag (both blue and red colors replaced with black), with the white stripe beneath the canton being repainted into purple, the color shade varying greatly from nearly indigo to nearly crimson [2, 4, 5].
Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2018


Thin Camo Line Flag

Recently, the Thin Camo Line design was introduced to represent the military, which variants which represent different branches of the military by employing the camouflage patterns specific for them.
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017


Multi-stripe flags

[Thin red-blue-green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017

Designs also exist which combine three or even more Thin Line colors. Only one such flag is currently known, with the stripe beneath the canton parted red and blue and an additional green stripe placed beneath it. Its photo is available here:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Thin-half-red-and-blue-Line-one-green-line-striped-black-and-white-American-Flag-90x150cm/32810211594.html?spm=2114.40010508.4.5.nJWZ0u.
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2017

[Thin red-blue-green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 12 October 2017

Another flag which combines more than two Thin Line colors has recently appeared: the stripe beneath the canton is parted red and blue, standing for the police and firefighters, and an additional orange stripe is placed beneath it and said to represent emergency medical service. The flag is offered for sale at https://happy.myecomshop.com/product/dual-3/

While no photo of a real flag is presented, it is clear from the accompanying description that the image is related to a flag, not another object with a flag-like design.
Tomislav Todorovic, 12 October 2017

[Thin red-blue-green Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019

A number of flag designs with three separate lines in blue, red and green, respectively, has also appeared. On the stickers, patches, pins etc. the order of colors varies, but the only flag currently known, which is offered for sale at https://www.flagsimporter.com/usa-thin-blue-red-green-line-flag-3x5ft-poly has blue (beneath the canton) above green above red. Curiously, the item description suggests a different color order, i.e. blue above red above green, suggesting that a different flag may soon appear.
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019

Photos of this flag are presented by another seller, which offers it here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/233015454714.
Tomislav Todorovic, 28 January 2019

[Thin Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019

Another flag with three Thin Line colors is offered for sale at https://www.amazon.com/Pointview-Flags-Thin-Blue-Gold/dp/B0785RBY2D. Derived from the Thin Red/Blue Line Flag with the Stars and Stripes design it adds a gold fly portion to the colored stripe, thus standing for firefighters, police and dispatchers.
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019

[Thin Line flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019

Triband flags with three Thin Line colors are also being introduced. The first flag with such design, offered for sale at http://www.flagguys.com/police.html (image: http://www.flagguys.com/img/thin%20line%20flag.jpg) displays a red-white-blue stripe, thus standing for the firefighters, EMS personnel and police.
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2019


Rainbow Thin Line Flags

Rainbow flag image from Tomislav Todorovic, 7 October 2017

The appearance of "Thin Line" flags which combine the Stars and Stripes design in black and white with more than one Thin Line colors has eventually inspired the Gay Pride variant, in which a white stripe is replaced with six segments in rainbow colors. The flag is offered for sale at https://www.etsy.com/.

While the photo confirms that the ratio is indeed 2:3, as stated at the page, it also shows that the flag looks as if it was originally 3:5 and subsequently shortened, for the red segment of rainbow-colored stripe is visibly shorter than the others. The relative position of the edges of canton and green segment is also the one which corresponds to ratio 3:5, which was therefore used for the reconstruction presented herein.
Tomislav Todorovic, 7 October 2017


Sources

Sources:

[1] Thin Blue Line (and other Thin Lines) at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_Blue_Line

[2] Stevens tactical Shop website - Thin Line Meanings: http://www.stevenstacticalshop.com/thin-lines

Tomislav Todorovic, 3 June 2017