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Last Updated: May 22, 2007

   

 

 
We offer: Flags, Flagpoles, Flagpole Repair, & just about anything having to do with flags!
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H.A. Peterson & Sons
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American Flag Facts

For over 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation's strength and unity. It has been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of U.S. citizens.

Here are some of the highlights from its unique past:

On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized in accordance with a Congressional resolution which placed American forces under general George Washington's control. On that New Year's Day the Continental Army was laying siege to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army. General Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill. It had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner (the canton).

Betsy Ross Flag

In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag.

 

 

 

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

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.

 

The Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.

The 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.

By 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.

By 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.

By 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.


 
H.A.Peterson & Sons, Inc. | 13012 S.W. 85 Ave. Rd | Miami, Florida 33156
Phone: (305) 255-3375 | Toll Free: (800) 606-3375 | Fax: (305) 255-3652 | eMail: scott@hapsons.com