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The Stars at Night are Big and Bright … on the U.S. Flag

FlagStarfield Have you ever wondered about the stars on the U.S. flag? The stars have generated more speculation than any other part of the flag, with the exception of the person who crafted the first one.

The U.S. Flag Code addresses the stars in several places, giving us quite a bit of information. The word star or stars appears ten times in the Flag Code, but not after Section 3. Since the stars are a physical part of the American flag, the Code gives the details in that part of the code.

So what does the U.S. Flag Code tell us about our stars?

  1. The Flag Code called for 48 stars at the time, in 1942 (section 1)
  2. The stars are to be white on a blue Union (also referred to as a field of blue). (Section 1)
  3. There is one star to represent each state in the Union. (Section 1)
  4. The star positions [redesigned as necessary when a new star is added] are to become a part of the Flag Code as an attachment. (Section 1)
  5. A star’s diameter is defined as .0616 of the hoist. (Section 1)
  6. A star is added to the flag on the fourth of July following a new State’s admittance. (Section 2)
  7. No representation of the U.S. flag, including the stars, are to be used for advertising. (Section 3)

Who will the next star represent? Will another territory be granted statehood? Is fifty the magic number of states, with no more allowed? What’s up with Vermont?

What do you think?

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