Flag Day: Fly Your Flag Proudly and Correctly

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- June 14 is Flag Day, a celebration of the day in 1777 when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag.

Thursday morning, the FOX 4 team educated themselves on some flag facts.

Here are some more, courtesy of The Washington Post:

  • The U.S. flag has been modified 26 times since its adoption in 1777. Today's 50-star flag, created in 1960, has been in use the longest.
  • President William Taft dictated the proportions for the flag and placement of the stars. Before then, the features were left up to the flagmaker, which resulted in different shapes and star arrangements on the flag.
  • Betsy Ross, often credited with sewing the nation's first flag, apprenticed not as a seamstress but as an upholsterer. She typically repaired curtains, bedcovers, tablecloths, rugs and umbrellas.

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