In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first official national Flag Day, but the Continental Congress approved creating a national flag 235 years ago, in 1777.
Flag designs have varied—according to the U.S. Library of Congress, there have been 27 versions. In 1912 President William H. Taft, a Republican, set the design of the stars into six rows of eight. The fiftieth star was added August 21, 1959 when Hawaii became a state.
Congress made Flag Day official in 1949.
Flags evolved from signaling on the battlefield and sea.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/June 14, 2012)