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Vance Accepts Betsy Ross Flag from Sons of the

American Revolution

HARRISBURG – The Harris Ferry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) furnished state lawmakers with a 13-star Revolutionary-War-era flag to be flown over the Capitol on Flag Day, June 14, said Rep. Pat Vance (R-87).

The Betsy-Ross-style flag is a replica of the nation’s first flag and is annually loaned by the Harrisburg-based chapter of SAR, which consists of nearly 100 male descendants of patriots of the Revolutionary War.

"I was proud to accept this flag on behalf of the Commonwealth," said Vance. "It is an honor to have such a dedicated group of citizens uphold this tradition so that all Pennsylvanians recognize their country and the people who fought for their freedom."

America’s first official flag was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia on June 14, 1777, the day we now celebrate yearly as Flag Day. The resolution specified "that the flag be 13 stripes alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation". Since the resolution did not state how the stars were to be arranged, flag makers arranged them in different ways, among them rows, in a half circle, and in a full circle. The one adopted was made by Betsy Ross and had the stars in a full circle.

The Harris Ferry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution supplied a 13-star Revolutionary-War-era U.S. flag to the state for use over the Capitol on Flag Day, Monday, June 14. Pictured from L-R are David Hartman, Fred Cardene Jr., Robert Coleman, Rep. Pat Vance (R-87), John Pringle, Eric Bugaile and Walker Hoak.


 

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