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A nationís symbol

June 12, 2013

Like many Revolution era flags, the Bennington features 13 stars and 13 stripes.
 
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Like many Revolution era flags, the Bennington features 13 stars and 13 stripes.
Like many Revolution era flags, the Bennington features 13 stars and 13 stripes. 
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Like many Revolution era flags, the Bennington features 13 stars and 13 stripes.
of pride and unity
By Kristine Kern staff writer

She has many nicknames including Old Glory, Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes. She has been proudly placed on the moon as a symbol of a nations pride in being the first to land there. Whatever she has been called and wherever she flies, since her creation in 1776, the American Flag has long been a symbol of freedom and pride to Americans.

It is told that George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress asked Betsy Ross, an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy, to sew the first American flag in the spring of 1776. It is thought that Congress member Francis Hopkins designed the flag for the seamstress. Even the colors chosen for the flag were symbolic with red standing for hardiness and courage, white for purity and innocence and the blue for vigilance and justice.

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