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Nation marks Flag Day

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This is a day to honor the Stars and Stripes. On this date in 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted that banner as the official flag of the fledgling United States. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall continues the story.

The states were still subject to Great Britain when their delegates chose a navy blue field with 13 white stars and the same number of alternating red and white stripes. Those stripes still represent the original 13 colonies; the number of stars has expanded with each state that’s joined the union.

Although this is not an official holiday, for 60 years the president has issued an annual proclamation that urges Americans to fly the flag and treat it with respect.

In the Southland, patriotic, military and civic organizations are sponsoring Flag Day observances this weekend. The Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda is displaying an 8-by-12-foot American flag made of 127,000 Legos. It’ll be on exhibit through July 12th.