The Gatinois Regiment took part in the combined French and American assault on the British garrison at Savannah in 1779. The regiment and colors are pictured in Van Blarenberghe’s 1786 painting of the Surrender at Yorktown. Presented by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., an honorary member of the Virginia Society.
The national emblem of the Fifth Republic, the tricolour flag, came about during the French Revolution, by combining the colour of the king (white) with those of Paris (blue and red). Today, the French tricolour can be seen on all public buildings. It is used for most official ceremonies, both civilian and military.