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A brief history of the American Flag

1776 - May, Betsy Ross reports that she sewed the first American flag.

1777 - June 14, Continental Congress adopts the following: Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. Stars represent Delaware (December 7, 1787), Pennsylvania (December 12, 1787), New Jersey (December 18, 1787), Georgia (January 2, 1788), Connecticut (January 9, 1788), Massachusetts (February 6, 1788), Maryland (April 28, 1788), South Carolina (May 23, 1788), New Hampshire (June 21, 1788), Virginia (June 25, 1788), New York (July 26, 1788), North Carolina (November 21, 1789), and Rhode Island (May 29, 1790)

1795 - Flag was created with 15 stars and 15 stripes when Vermont (March 4, 1791), Kentucky (June 1, 1792) officially joined the USA. Stars continue to be added with new states, but stripes return to the standard 13.

1814 - September 14, Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner." It officially becomes the national anthem in 1931.

1861 -Even after the South seceded from the Union, President Lincoln would not allow any stars to be removed from the flag.
First Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars) adopted in Montgomery, Alabama.

1892 - "Pledge of Allegiance" first published in a magazine called "The Youth's Companion," written by Francis Bellamy.

1954 - By act of Congress, the words "Under God" are inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance

1960 - Flag with 50 stars Hawaii (August 21, 1959)

1969 - July 20 - The American flag is placed on the moon by Neil Armstrong.

2001 - September 11, the flag from the World Trade towers survives and becomes a symbol of sacrifice in service, loss, and determination.

2002 - June 26, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California declares that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional because "under God" (inserted into the Pledge in 1954) was a violation of the Establishment Clause, that expression not create the reasonable impression that the government is sponsoring, endorsing, or inhibiting religion generally, or favoring or disfavoring a particular religion.

* History compiled from