From the War of 1812 to the surface of the moon: 10 facts about the American flag

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During the American Revolution, colonists flew a number of different flags which were often based on their unit or regiment. However, in 1777, the Second Constitutional Congress decided to change that.

Mixed among resolutions regarding things like payment to military captains and prepping for ships of war in the Delaware river, the June 14, 1777 journals of Congress included the following:

"Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

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Sainte Genevieve, MO

I enjoyed reading these, but noticed an omission. The "Star Spangled Banner" for which the song was written actually had 15 stripes as well as 15 stars. Later, congress decided adding a stripe for each new state would make the flag unwieldy and decreed that the flag would return to 13 stripes, with a star added for each new state. One other note, while some say the national anthem should be changed to another song, because the Star Spangled Banner is a song of war, please note it was a British attach which prompted the song to be written. America was defending itself during what is sometimes known as the Second Revolutionary War.

Ronald Fox
North Salt Lake, UT

Today is the sixty year anniversary of the words "Under God" added to the pledge of Allegiance.

Mount Pleasant, UT

The sight of our American Flag raised high and waving in the wind beings tears. I love the American flag and what it stands for - my freedom. It is a statement of greatness, strength and patriotism. I hope the readers know that you never let the American flag touch the ground and I can't bear to have it whipped in the wind or rained on. I always bring it in. My husband and I both feel the same way about the American Flag. He served in Vietnam - is physically strong and I'm so proud of him.

Lehi, UT

Talk about insightful comments today. Thanks to all! It is like Paul Harvey's "The Rest of The Story." Thank you.


I too find the American flag inspiring and when I see it it reminds me of the freedoms and blessings of living in this great land!!! It also reminds me of the obligation and responsibilities of being self-reliant and having self-respect and self-responsibility to keep the country the Stars and Stripes represent strong!

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