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Flag stands guard over our freedoms

June 14, 2013
The Herald-Star

When the Continental Congress first recognized the national flag of the United States of America on June 14, 1777, it marked the first time any reference to the British Empire was removed from the flag of the new nation. There have been many versions of that flag since, with today's rendition first flying on July 4, 1960, when the 50th star was added to include Hawaii, which had become the 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959.

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