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Living flag, 1911
These children, dressed in different shades of clothing, posed to represent the U.S. flag, becoming a "Living flag" in 1911

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The U.S. Marine Band play "True to the Flag March" in 1922

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Flag Day Celebrated
June 14, 1777

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." There have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.
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CREDIT: "Living Flag, Soldiers' Monument Dedication, May 30, 1911." Copyright 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Blon, Franz von. "True to the flag march / F. von Blon; [performed by] United States Marine Band." Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1922. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.