Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Flag They Fought For


With the addition of New Mexico  and Arizona in 1912 (Jan. 6 and Feb 14 respectively) President Taft signed an order that June which established the new proportions of the U.S. flag and which provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each. This flag was in service for 47 years, longer than any other, and it was the one which anyone saw anywhere during two world wars.

(The image and text above were originally published in the April 2017 issue of the Harrison Heritage News, the monthly newsletter of the Harrison County (Ky,) Historical Society, in a special supplement entitled "Winning World War I" (Hey, just like this blog!).  Here the texts are presented with some slight revisions of and additions to the original.)

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