THE STARS & STRIPES #2
The history of the US flag is steeped in myth and dispute. However, no one disputes the resolution passed by the Marine Committee of the 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia (June 14, 1777) that reads: "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." The 1777 flag was used until 1795, when two more stars and stripes were added for the admission of Vermont and Kentucky. To avoid excess clutter, Congress decreed in 1818 the flag should have 13 stripes, and that new admissions should be recognized with a star. The 50-star flag was first raised at 12:01 AM on July 4, 1960, at Fort McHenry National Monument, when Hawaii joined the Union.
James H. Boren (1925-)