Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag)

Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (HM12L7)

Location: Wichita, KS 67202 Sedgwick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 41.389', W 97° 20.656'

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Bicentennial Flag Memorial

With the signing of the Declaration of Indepenence, the Grand Union was automatically promoted to the status of a national banner and at the same time rendered obsolete. The British ties were snapped and the crosses of St. Andrew and St. George in the canton of the Grand Union became an anachronism, as well as an infuriating reminder of the oppressive British government. After much discussion and delay, a more appropriate flag, the Stars and Stripes, was adopted on June 14, 1777.

This first Flag Act only provided "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..." The actual composition of the design features or the designer was not specified. In American folklore Betsy Ross is most often mentioned as the designer of the first Stars and Stripes for George Washington. But a more historically accurate view is that numerous versions of the Stars and Stripes were flown during the Revolutionary War; that no such official thirteen-star flags were delivered to General Washington until 1783; and that the Bennington Flag was the first of the stars and stripes.
HM NumberHM12L7
Series This marker is part of the Sons of the American Revolution series
Placed ByCity of Wichita and Sons of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 2:45pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 645984 N 4172690
Decimal Degrees37.68981667, -97.34426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 41.389', W 97° 20.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 41' 23.34" N, 97° 20' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)316
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 371 N Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, US
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