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On May 24, 1994, Maritime Administrator Albert J. Herberger unveiled a flag designed to honor America's civilian seafarers who have supported the Nation's armed forces in times of war and carried its commerce in peacetime. The commemorative flag was first displayed at the annual U.S. Merchant Marine Memorial Service at the Nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C. The event honors the thousands of merchant seafarers killed during wartime. Key components of the flag's design are an eagle, perched on a red, white and blue shield, and a fouled anchor. The eagle's wing tips follow the contour of the U. S. Merchant Marine emblem below the words "In Peace and War." The year 1775 is also included in the design in recognition of the early contributions of the U.S. merchant marine to the Nation's history.