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The History of Flag Day

June 16, 2017


Over 100 years ago on May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14.  The day celebrates the adoption of the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the United States.

According to American legend, in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for our nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence from England.

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.  Adams stated that the flag shall have thirteen stripes, one for each of the thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain, and alternate red and white.  The Union will be represented by thirteen white five-pointed stars on a blue background, representing a new constellation.

To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag.  Stars have been added as states have entered the Union.  The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became our 50th state.

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