Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fifteen Stripes, One for Kentucky


Did you know that the U.S. flag once had fifteen stripes?

It was on January 13, 1797 that George Washington approved adding two stripes, one for Vermont, one for Kentucky, to "Old Glory."

One of ten historic American flag stamps issued in 1968.

This fifteen-stripe flag is the same one which flew over Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812, you know, the flag that was the subject of Francis Scott Key's little ditty that became the National Anthem.

You can read more about that flag at a page at the Smithsonian's website entitled, The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem.  Even more information is available at another Smithsonian page.

What did they do with Kentucky's stripe?  I will have to look that one up ...

The "Star-Spangled Banner" once flown over Ft. McHenry.

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