On this day in 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated that the flag of the 13 United States would have 13 stripes of alternate red and blue with 13 stars in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. Before this act was passed the flag of the 13 colonies consisted of the alternating red and blue stripes and a Union Jack, the flag of the country with whom the United States was at war. You can read about that by clicking here. However the flag act didn't limit the number of stripes that were added after a new state joined the union. Soon the stripes started racking up on the flag and it didn't look very pleasing on the banner. This was remedied in 1818 when Congress passed the Flag Act. You can read about that by clicking here. Below is a gallery of photos I've made over the years that feature the flag of the United States or some variation. Enjoy and Happy Flag Day!
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org