National Flag Day

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Friday, June 14


Today is National Flag Day

Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times.  For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.  In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4.  President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

Robert G. Heft, 17, of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag.  His was one of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to Eisenhower. 


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