Flag Day commemorates approval of ‘Old Glory’

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Flag Day, observed on June 14th, commemorates the date in which the Continental Congress approved the design for the first national flag of the United States in 1777. 

The U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day in 1949. 

The American flag, affectionately called “Old Glory,” consists of 50 white stars representing states of the union on a blue canton, with 13 alternating stripes — 7 red and 6 white — representing the original 13 states. The last star was added to the flag when Hawaii became a state on July 4, 1960. 

It is widely believed that the first flag was sewn together by Betsy Ross in 1776. 

June 14th is also the birthday of the U.S. Army. This year, celebrating the 238th birthday. Locally, The New York National Guard with celebrate with a cake cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Old Niskayuna Road in Latham.

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