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TAUNTON FLAG 1774
This was one of the early flags of the Revolution. The
people of Taunton, Mass. took the familiar British flag,
adding "LIBERTY AND UNION" to the red field as one
of the first visible signs of discontent with British rule.
GRAND UNION FLAG 1776
Sometimes called "Cambridge Flag" as it was raised
by General George Washington in that Mass. city on
january 2nd, the day after the Continental Army was
officially established. john Paul jones, hoisted this
flag Dec. 3, 1775 as the first official Navy banner.
FIRST STARS AND STRIPES 1777
The story is told that a Philadelopia seamstress named
Betsy Ross designed and sewed this first version of our
"Stars and Stripes." The story has never been proven,
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AMERICAN FLAG by the Continental Congress june
"STAR-SPANGLED BANNER" 1814
ln January of 1794 Congress adopted a National Flag of
fifteen stars and fifteen stripes, the additional two
stars and stripes to recognize the new states of Kentucky
and Vermont. This flag, flying during the War of 1812,
inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National
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CULPEPPER FLAG 1775
The rattlesnake appeared in several different Revolu-
tionary flag designs and became one of the most-used
animals on flags of the period. The militia from
Virginia, called the Culpepper Minute Men, carried
this Hag during the Battle of Great Bridge.
FORT MOULTRIE FLAG 1776
This distinctive flag was used by Colonel Moultrie and
his South Carolina troops in their defence against the
British occupation on Charleston.
BENNINGTON FLAG 1777
In August of 1777, in a part of New York which is now
the city of Bennington, Vermont, the militia fought
bravely and stopped the British forces from invading
OUR PRESENT-DAY-FLAG 1959
Our fifieth state--Hawaii--was admitted into the Union
in 1959 and this new flag was officially used in Indep-
endence Day 1960 to recognize all 50 states. In a
relatively short time period, for a nation, of approxi-
mately 2OO years, our original 13 colonies have grown
to a nation of 50 states.
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