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The American Flag

The flag of the United States was created by an official act of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777: "Resolved That the Flag of the United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation." This national emblem represents the United States and its citizens and is probably the most cherished and beloved symbol of our nation wherever it is used.

From "We the People: The American People and Their Government" (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1975) 16

 



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