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Ne’er waved beneath the golden sun
A lovelier banner for the brave
Than that our bleeding fathers won,
And proudly to their children gave ;
Nor earth a fairer gem can bring,
Or freedom claim a brighter scroll,
Than that to which our free hearts cling —
Rev. George W. Gue, Our Country’s Flag (1890)
“There are two things holy — the flag which represents military honor, and the law which represents the national right.” – Victor Hugo
The flag of the United States of America, or the American Flag was first established by the following statement by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777:
“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.”
Act of Congress Calling for Addition of 2 Stripes and 2 Stars for Vermont and Kentucky – Approved by George Washington on January 13, 1794. As more states were added to the union, the stripes were returned to the original number of 13
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