In 1194 A.D., Richard I of England introduced the Cross of St. George, a red cross on a white ground, as the National Flag of England. Flag History.
Early in his reign James attempted to combine England and Scotland in a united kingdom of 'Great Britain'. This was the policy he presented to his first Parliament, called on 22 March 1604. The union was resisted.
James defied them. On 20 October 1604 he proclaimed a new title for himself as 'King of Great Britain'.
But what flag should be used?
A problem arose, which flag should be hoisted on the king's ships. English sailors resented the Scottish colours and the Scots scorned the cross of St. George .The Union of the Crowns(England and Scotland)
When the red cross of England was put onto the flag of Scotland, a white border was added around the red cross for reasons of heraldry. (The rules of heraldry demanded that two colours must never touch each other.)On 28th July, 1707, during the reign of Queen Anne, this flag was by royal proclamation made the National flag of Great Britain, for use ashoreand afloat.
August 21, 1959 - An Executive Order from President Eisenhower resulted in the stars being arranged in nine rows staggered horizontally and 11 rows staggered vertically.
c. When displayed on a wall, the union should be uppermost and on the observer’s left.
“The flag, when it is in such a condition that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
"Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown." (Flag Code, Section 8i)
"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery." (Flag Code, Section 8d)
1. The U.S. Flag was adopted on June 14, 1777.
2. The Continental Congress declared “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
4. Since 1834, the U.S. Flag has flown continuously next to the grave of Marquis De Lafayette in Paris, France.
The 15-star, 15-stripe flag was authorized by the Flag Act of January 13, 1794, adding 2 stripes and 2 stars for the admission of Vermont (the 14th State on March 4th, 1791) and Kentucky (the 15th State on June 1st, 1792). The Star Spangled Banner became the Official United States Flag on May 1,1795 and was the only U.S. Flag to have more than 13 stripes. It was immortalized by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Sept 13, 1814.
6. Originally, both stars and stripes were added to the flag as new states joined the union. Eventually the number of stripes was set at 13 for the original 13 colonies/states.
1. The Star Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812 by Francis Scott Key.
2. Key was a prisoner aboard a British ship and wrote the words during an attack on Fort McHenry
3. The original Star Spangled Banner is on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.