The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 18, 2014

Your View: Flag information

AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. — As a self-proclaimed expert on the American flag, I would like to point out some flaws and errors contained in the Globe’s Sunday (Feb. 9) insert on patriotism.

 The flag on Page 3, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was the second flag commissioned by Congress when Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the Union. It had 15 stars and 15 stripes. No flag approved by Congress ever becomes obsolete and may be flown at anytime.

Although Betsy and George may have designed the flag, there is no proof that Congress adopted her design. The first flag, as most historians agree, had 13 stripes and 13 stars (not in a circle).

On Page 9, the center flag shown was never an official flag because the flag shown has 15 stars and 13 stripes. The same is true for the flag shown on Page 10.

I read The Joplin Globe each day.

Charles Surgi

Airport Drive

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