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The Thin Line Meanings

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Thin Line Meanings

It started with the Thin Blue Line and with the rise of professions and support for protective services and first responders the thin lines have grown. We have the meanings of the most popular thin lines below. 

Thin Blue Line Meaning

 Thin Blue Line Meaning  

Essentially there are three meanings. The Thin Blue Line represents the thin line Police Officers walk daily between life and death. The Thin Blue Line represents the police officer role of separating the good from the bad while creating order from chaos. The Thin Blue Line on black is a memorial or a connection or memory between Officers killed in the line of Duty and those who continue with their duties in the present.

Thin Red Line Meaning

 Thin Red Line Meaning

As firefighters are periled, they place their lives second to those they protect. They are forced to face their own fears and grasp for every ounce of courage to perform the necessary task. “The Thin Red Line of Courage” represents the last ounce of courage firefighters find deep in their blood to conquer their darkest fears in order to save and protect life and property. It is displayed to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty.

Thin Green Line Meaning

 Thin Green Line

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

Thin White Line Meaning

Thin White Line Meaning

The Thin White Line 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. Another version would be black background with white line.


Thin Silver Line Meaning

Thin Silver Line Meaning

The Thin Silver Line represents Correctional Officers.

Thin Orange Line Meaning

Thin Orange Line Meaning


The Thin Orange Line represents Search and Rescue Personnel and sometimes EMS.

Thin Yellow Line Meaning

Thin Yellow Line Meaning


The Thin Yellow Line represents Security Guards and Loss Prevention. (Also has been known to represent truck drivers.)

The Thin Gold Line is another version, which represents dispatchers.

Thin Reflective Line Meaning

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Boston Bulldog

May 21, 2018

The Are some of these people serious? One knucklehead says that he can “see” a thin BLUE line, but firefighters, EMS and all that? Why? He actually said COPS are the only ones that should have a line since they are in danger during their jobs. Are you kidding? I was in EMS for 5 years and was shot twice! I was also hit by a drunk driver who then slammed into the tow truck that was removing the vehicle from the first accident. Yes, that same knucklehead, said tow truck drivers is just a job. Then complained that EVERYONE wants a line now and that everyone is crying about not having a line. It’s simply a way to show support for those who have died while doing the jobs that this knucklehead is too scared to do. It’s not even so much about pride. It’s support! Showing the child that lost his dad, or the husband that lost his wife while that person was out doing a job you dopes that are “against” thin lines take for granted every day. Next time your kid is choking on a hot dog at your cookout don’t call EMS, apparently we are too busy drawing lines. Someone breaking into your home to rape your daughter? Don’t call the cops, go after the guy and use bad language. That will stop him. And hey asshole, next time your car breaks down on the highway, with cars flying by at 90 MPH, push it home. That way none of the countless tow truck drivers that die every year, helping candy asses like you guys, won’t rusk THIER lives for the like of YOU. I will now step off my soap box.


May 13, 2018

Unless I read this wrong, nurses would be the thin white line (Emergency Service).

If you don’t wanna support these fields that put their lives on the line for you on a daily basis, then don’t. But don’t fuss if other people want to.

Montana Stephens

May 21, 2018

Look I don’t know what the hell possessed you guys but everyone is important but in a way I do agree. Law enforcement is blue, firemen and women are red, and military is green. That is all we nees… Wow you drive a big truck, my father did the same thing. I’m about to be deployed into the marine corps and I proudly wear that thin green line and the blue and red because everyday they put their lives on the line for your saftey. So suck it up butter cup because you didn’t get your way. There are people out there that have less than what you have.

Rick B.

May 13, 2018

And the line for Teachers is what color????


March 11, 2018

Thank-you ARMY FOR LIFE, I will definetly buy a thin green line flag now, I have been looking at them, my son is ARMY MP, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!!!

Nigel Deans

February 11, 2018

If the lines are for those who risk their lives to protect American people from harm, I’d have to say firefighters get the red line. The Military risks their lives to protect corporate interests… Not the same thing.


February 10, 2018

What about nurses? While we are not our there putting our lives on the line, we are saving lives, and making sacrifices every day.

Joe Chavez

February 9, 2018

How come there is no line for health care workers we deal with abuse deadly diseases we also bring people back from the brink of death most of them walk away! After we help them !?

Charlie Jones

February 5, 2018

Seems like all these people are wannabe heroes who need to be validated by a line. I understand respecting military because they sacrafice for all of us but as for Police, Firefighters, EMTs, Tow Truck Drivers, Etc I feel that those are just normal jobs

Mason Storm

January 23, 2018

Who invented this shit? Orange means this, silver means that. What a crock !
I need a line! Oh wait, there’s no colors left. Damn.

Jake Wiley

January 6, 2018

DYLAN, who on May 15, 2017 commented: “I respect police officers, firefighters, and EMS but I couldn’t care less about any of the other thin lines. As active duty military I originally thought it’d be cool to have a “thin line” but the American flag works just fine.” I’d like to shake your hand and buy you a beer, sir (unless you’re enlisted, in which case I apologize for the sir insult). I served nine years and couldn’t agree more with your statement.

Now – I remember the good old days of the one and only ‘thin blue line’ – it encompassed law enforcement, period. ANYONE with arrest powers, be it a police officer, deputy sheriff, constable, what have you – didn’t matter. It used to be pretty simple and unique, special to those who “upheld” that line.

Then this group wanted a line, then this guy over here said something wasn’t fair and wanted to feel special too. Now we have “loss prevention” and truck drivers needing lines? Pathetic. When do garbage men, plumbers, HVAC technicians and dry wall installers get lines? I mean…those are all essential jobs, are they not?

And we wonder why kids these days feel like every single one of them need a trophy…why they feel entitled to something just because someone else has one.


December 30, 2017

At one time or another I’ve been most of the obove. Color mine red white and blue.


December 30, 2017

The thin Red line is the one for all.
It’s been the Red line before we were born.


December 30, 2017

The thin Red line is the one for all.
It’s been the Red line before we were born.

Charles P

December 20, 2017

I agree with Shelly about the Thin Red Line’s origins; it is originally referring to British military troops and the red coats they wore during an 1854 action. In our training we were taught the Thin Blue Line represents the law enforcement officers who stand between order and chaos, and separate civilization from anarchy, on a daily basis. It has more recently also come to represent the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of protecting their community, and to show the brother/sisterhood that exists.


December 15, 2017

Who did you think is keeping your hospitals, nuke plants, schools, steel mills safe…Security is there and we deserve that thin yellow line. Working long hours through the night by ourselves more often than not.

Anthony J Oles

December 5, 2017

The thin GOLD line, sometimes linking the blue and red, represents 911 Call Takers, and Fire, EMS, and Police Dispatchers

Jarrod E Howell

December 2, 2017

Seems like everybody wants a thin line to feel special. ?? Welders dont ask for a thin sparkly line

Voice of God

November 29, 2017

OK. Just so you all know Pride is one of those deadly sins…
Flags representing whatever, are a symbol of your pride of that particular group. Good for you.
But debate/need a flag for everyone who thinks their job is hard/dangerous is the result of all your dumb kids graduating and your slow fat kids getting a ribbon.

I am a US Army Veteran myself, the ‘Thin Red Line’ does and always has referred to the Military.
Being Co-opted I think most would be quite surprised at the origin of the ‘Thin Red Line’.
Straight from Wikipedia;

“from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Tommy”, from the collection Barrack-Room Ballads, in which Kipling describes foot soldiers as “the thin red line of ’eroes”. Kipling’s poem is based on the 1854 action of British soldiers during the Crimean War called The Thin Red Line (Battle of Balaclava)."


I really mean no disrespect, I’m proud of my service to my Country, and everyone else who has served.
I’m an idiot for trying to educate the internet, but the thin blue line stuff seemed to have popped up in response to Black Lives Matter. Yes, the Blue Wall/Blue Line has been around for a much longer time, but peoples’ need to display their “tribe” has really become a scourge as of late. And everyone else who isn’t a cop wanted their little flag too…

THANK YOU Tow Truck drivers!
Thank you Servicemen & women!!
Thank a cop!
Thank your God, or Satan, whatever you want….

Snowy Ashton

November 28, 2017

MaineWolf Security guards often deal with the public in unarmed situations with no powers of arrest. If someone decides to pull a gun when we’re trying to diffuse a situation, we risk being killed in the line of duty. Most private security officers are unarmed, don’t wear bulletproof protection, and may not be trained in hand-to-hand defense, yet we are sometimes expected to handle situations that only an officer of the law can have the most experience in. We are trained to call law enforcement if a dangerous situation develops, but I know in my mind that the time in which it takes from notification to arrival can be extremely perilous. We’re called rent-a-cops, party poopers, and a slew of names I won’t repeat. But as a security officer, my job is to protect and serve in my field. That includes watching out for your life and property. Even if I can’t arrest anyone or carry a gun with me, I know I risk my life when I go to work. People have no self-restraint, self-respect, or respect for others. That is why my job is dangerous. I don’t claim to have the same risks in my field as do our valiant law officers, military officials, or any of these other brave workers who serve the public. I have my own risks, and I take them seriously.


November 9, 2017

The Thin, Invisible, Deplorable line. That’s for us taxpayers who work, innovate, produce, and pay (under threat) for all of the above while they take credit for whatever little we still manage to accomplish in spite of their ever-increasing patronizing and demands (under threats) on us.


November 9, 2017

The orange line represents the Bronco’s defense which this year seems to be far too thin.


November 8, 2017

What is the thin lavender line?


November 8, 2017

Howzabout a ‘thin brown line’ for all of us plain old ordinary people?

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