Today in History: Congress Adopts the Stars and Stripes

| June 14, 2018

180611_News_219x365Happy Flag Day and all that it stands for!

June 14, 1777 marks the day when Congress passed a resolution on the deign of the new American flag: it bore 13 alternating red and white stripes symbolizing the original colonies, while the Union was symbolized by thirteen white stars in a blue field, representing a new Constellation. Known as the “Stars and Stripes,” the national flag was believed to have been designed by seamstress Betsy Ross at the request of General George Washington. On June 14, 1877 the nation observed the first Flag Day in observance of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. Today, public and other buildings continue to commemorate Flag Day by flying the nation’s flag.

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