Flag History
For over 200 years, the flag of  The United States of America has been the symbol of The Strength of our nation and unity of our country.  It has been a source of inspiration and Pride for citizens of all types in this great country.  The flag has been an icon of prominence in our nations history. Here are some of the highlights of its amazing past. History of the Flag
 Canton January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized  which placed American forces under George Washington's control.  The Continental Army was advancing on Boston which had been over thrown by the British Army. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above Prospect Hill. It had thirteen red and white stripes and the Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.

January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized  which placed American forces under George Washington's control.  The Continental Army was advancing on Boston which had been over thrown by the British Army. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above Prospect Hill. It had thirteen red and white stripes and the Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.

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May 1776, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.

June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white and that the union be thirteen white stars in a blue field.

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 vertically.
    • 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 of The United States of America consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red and 6 white. The stripes are representative of the original 13 colonies, the stars are sybolic of the 50 states. The flags colors are also indicative of important virtues: Red represents Hardiness and Valor, White represents Purity and Innocence and Blue symbolizes Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.