by Benjamin Steele March 31, 2016

For hundreds of years American citizens have showed their respect to The American Flag as it's been presented at the beginning of sporting events and waved proudly outside local government buildings. Since its initial variance from the British Union Jack, the American Flag has slowly transformed into the 50 star and 13 stripe flag that we recognize today. Did you know that today's flag is in its 48th version? As The Flag has transformed over time, it's been a part of some pretty historic events. Here are some of the key happenings...

  • 1776 - At the time of adoption of The Declaration of Independence, the "Continental Colors" as it was commonly known was flown from Prospect Hill. The 13 alternating red and white stripes added to the Union Jack were symbolic of the country's newfound independence. 
  • 1777 - Betsy Ross reportedly sews the first "official" American Flag with 13 stars. Although there is no evidence of the story, George Washington is told to have given Ross a pencil sketch of the 13 starred flag. Although she had never made a flag before, she did own a upholstery business and was said to hand sew the first flag at Washington's request.
  • 1814 - Francis Scott Key pens the poem that later becomes "The Star-Spangled Banner" as he witnessed The Fort of Maryland being bombarded during The War of 1812. 
  • 1818 - Other than stars being added as new states are adopted, The Flag's design stays pretty consistent from this point until today. Occasionally the stars are organized to create different shapes in the upper left corner.
  • 1909 - Robert Peary places a flag his wife had sewed atop the North Pole. 
  • 1945 - The Flag that flew over Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, is flown over The White House when the war begins to draw to a close.
  • 1960 - The adopts the 50th star with Hawaii. 
  • 1963 - The Flag is placed atop Mount Everest by Barry Bishop.
  • 1969 - The Flag is placed on the moon by Neil Armstrong. 
  • 2001 - The Flag from The World Trade towers survives and becomes a symbol of hope for America. 
  • 2016, Present Day - Old Glory continues to wave as proudly as ever as the American country continues to grow.

The History of The American Flag - All 48 Versions - Sir Wylde

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Benjamin Steele
Benjamin Steele


CEO and Founder of Sir Wylde. Lover of men's fashion, motorcycles, The Western Frontier and all things vintage.

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