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Flag Day, June 14

June 14, 2016

June 14 marks the date in 1777 that the Second Continental Congress adopted by resolution a flag of the United States.  The Continental Navy first flew an ensign to signify the nationality of its fledgling fleet.  The resolution called for 13 stripes, alternating red and white, with 13 stars on a blue field to signify a new constellation.

The design, use and display of the flag is outlined in 4 U.S.C. §§1-10. The fiftieth star was added to the flag by order of President Eisenhower on July 4, 1960 to represent the 50th state, Hawaii.

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