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Terry L. Farmer   -  Flag Coordinator
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                              History the of American Flag.

For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the
symbol of our nation's strength and unity. It's been a source
of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. And the
American Flag has been a prominent icon in our national
history. Here are the highlights of its unique past.
On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized
in accordance with a Congressional resolution which placed
American forces under George Washington's control. On
that New Year's Day the Continental Army was laying siege
to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army.
Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his
base at Prospect Hill. It had 13 alternate red and white
stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand
corner (the canton)

In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first
American flag.

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the
new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag
Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made
of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be
thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new

Between 1777 and 1960, Congress passed several acts that
changed the shape, design and arrangement of the flag and
allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect
the admission of each new state.

Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars
after May 1795.

Act of April 4, 1818 - provided for 13 stripes and one star for
each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July
following the admission of each new state, signed by
President Monroe.

Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 -
established proportions of the flag and provided for
arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each,
a single point of each star to be upward.

Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3,
1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven
rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and

Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21,
1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows
of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars
staggered vertically.

Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven
red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the
original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the
Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red
symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity
and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance
and Justice