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As the legend goes, it was George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress who asked Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag sometime in the late spring of 1776. The young widow was only in her early 20’s when she completed the first flag with thirteen stars arranged in a circle.
A year later, the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the national flag, and henceforward the Stars and Stripes symbolized the U.S. around the world.
The first Flag Day was celebrated in 1877 – the flag’s centennial. Later, in 1916, a grassroots movement resulted in President Woodrow Wilson issuing a proclamation that called for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. More than three decades later, Flag Day was made a permanent observance by Congress who in 1949 resolved “That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day.”