What Do The Thin Line Colors Mean?


What Do They Really Mean?

Each Thin Line color was designed to represent and honor one of the many service-based professions. Two service groups for which the Thin Line were created for are First Responders and Military Armed Forces personnel. 

First Responders Thin Line Meaning

The Thin Blue Line represents Police Officers. Currently, there are over 900,000 sworn Police Officers serving in America today. The Thin Blue Line honors all those who serve in law enforcement, including Sheriffs, University Police, SWAT Officers, and K-9 Officers. A special dedication of the Thin Blue Line has been devoted to fallen Officers killed in the line of duty. There are 20,789 names engraved on the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Additionally every 61 hoursa police officer is killed in the line of duty. The Thin Blue Line recognizes and honors all law enforcement officials who have given their lives to protect ours. 

The Thin Blue Line can also represent Public Safety Officials, Security Guards, Peace Officers, Secret Service Agents, Marshals, TSA Officers, and FEMA Officials.

The Thin Red Line represents Firefighters. Currently, there are over 1,134,000 Firefighters serving in America today. The Thin Red Line honors all those who serve in fire protection, including state and federal government firefighters, volunteer firefighters, and private department firefighters. A special dedication of the Thin Red Line has been devoted to fallen Firefighters killed in the line of duty. The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located in Frederick County, Maryland. The Thin Red Line recognizes and honors all firefighting officials who have given their lives to protect ours. 

The Thin Red Line can also represent Lifeguards, Security Guards, Red Cross Members, Private Investigators, ATF Agents, State Guards, and AmeriCorps Officials.

The Thin Green Line represents Border Patrol Agents. Currently, there are over 21,000 agents serving in the U.S. Border Patrol today. The Thin Green Line honors all those who serve in customs and border protection.

The Thin Green Line can also represent EMS Officials including Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians, Animal Control Officers, AEMT Officials, Fish and Wildlife Officers, Court Officers, Environmental Police, Diplomatic Security, and Park Rangers. 

The Thin White Line represents EMS OfficialsCurrently, there are over 241,000 EMS Officials serving in America today. The Thin White Line honors all those who serve in emergency medical services, including Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.

The Thin White Line can also represent Doctors, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Correction Officers, Wardens, Dispatchers, Coroners, Probation Officers, Air Marshals, Civil Air Patrol, Air Traffic Controllers, DEA Agents, and ICE Agents.  

The Thin Yellow Line represents DispatchersCurrently, there are over 102,00 Dispatchers serving in America today. The Thin Yellow Line honors all those who serve in public safety telecommunication, including police dispatchers, fire dispatchers, and ambulance dispatchers. 

The Thin Yellow Line can also represent Security Guards, Loss Prevention Associates, and Search and Rescue Personnel. 

The Thin Gray Line represents Correctional OfficersCurrently, there are over 480,000 Correctional Officers serving in America today. The Thin Gray Line honors all those who serve in correctional institutions, including prison guards, probation officers, parole officers, bailiffs, and jailers. 

Military Armed Forces Thin Line Meaning

The Thin Blue Line represents Air Force and Navy Members. Currently, there are over 320,000 members in the U.S. Air Force. Also, there are over 400,000 personnel serving in the U.S. Navy.

The Thin Red Line represents Coast Guard and Marine Corps Members. Currently, there are over 50,000 members in the U.S. Coast Guard. Also, there are over 200,000 personnel serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Thin Green Line represents Army and Military Police Members. Currently, there are over 1,700,000 members in the U.S. Army. Also, there are over 200,000 personnel serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Thin White Line represents National Guard Members and Veterans. Currently, there are over 450,000 members serving in the National Guard. Also, there are over 22,000,000 Veterans living in the United States.

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  • Utility workers need their own color. Electric blue would be appropriate.

    Kevin Grogan on
  • Where I come from, green is fish and wildlife, yellow is military, white is medical, red is fire, blue is police and dark-ish grey is dispatch.

    Duckie on
  • Is it possible to have a flag made that the thin line is half red and the other half grey.

    Thank you

    Dawn French on
  • I wear alot of the thin green line for the army as I’m married to a Army Staff Sgt. Who is also a paratrooper and also over the motorpool. Our daughter is always looking for stuff to support our troops. But also stuff for survivors as she helps young people there even when someone you know does things to hurt you doesn’t mean they break you!! She doesn’t look at herself nor me as victims but survivor. She won’t let what that monster did define her. It’s made her a fighter and know she has a voice to fight back, never back down and no matter how old you are you have a voice. She was 6 when my mom’s thing turned our world upside down. Now she helps others her age at 13 to know they have a voice and helps them have the courage to protect herself and others. She tells everyone her daddy and I taught her we would always be there to help her and to fight for what she bel in. And there is light at the end of the tunnel

    Alicia on
  • What about the certified medication assistants and certified nurses assistants?! They are there on the front lines just like the nurses. They are the eyes and ears for the nurses. They have more hands on wither patients and residents then the nurses do!! They are essential workers as well, with all that is going on in the world!! We are hero’s as well as the doctors, P.A.’s and nurses!!

    Leslie Towell on

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