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Flag Day
June 14th

The Stars and Stripes were officially adopted on June 14, 1777 as John Adams addressed the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

His words were "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."

Since that time there have been 27 versions of the flag, as stars were added whenever a new state entered the Union. The most recent addition was July 4, 1960 when the 50th state, Hawaii, was added.

American Flag

At a 1914 Flag Day ceremony Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior spoke of the flag in a way that he said the flag "spoke" to him that very morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."

It was President Woodrow Wilson who officially established June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. He did so by proclamation on May 30, 1916.

Flags that have flown over the Unites States Capitol Building in Washington D.C. are available for purchase for anyone who wants one. Simply contact your Senator with your request Senators representing the State of Ohio are as follows:

Sherrod Brown
455 Russell
Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

George Voinovich
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC20510

You can even request that the flag be flown on a specific date (your birthday and anniversary etc.), but be sure to give them at least 4 weeks notice prior to the date you's like.

Your flag will be mailed to you and should arrive within 4 weeks after the date you chose. Since September 11, 2001 it has taken a bit longer to receive the flags - but they will come.

You will also get a Certificate from The Architect Of The Capitol certifying that your flag was flown as requested. If you mentioned in your request letter that this flag is for any specific occasion, that information will be included on the certificate.

Contact the Senators websites

http://brown.senate.gov/ or

http://voinovich.senate.gov/howtofly.htm

directly to obtain the form and determine the cost.



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