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Living flag, 1911
这些穿着不同颜色色度衣服的儿童组合排列成一面生动的美国国旗 (摄于1911年)

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The U.S. Marine Band play "True to the Flag March" in 1922

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1777614日,约翰.亚当斯 (John Adams) 在费城大陆议会 (Continental Congress) 的集会上,提到旗帜的问题。他说:「代表13州的合众国的国旗就此决定,有13条红白相间线条;13颗白色的星星在蓝底上,形成灿烂的新星群。」因此,美国国旗就根据这些原则,也就是我们现在所熟悉的模样,在1818年的412日第一次在首都的上空飘扬。经过这些年的演变,美国国旗已经有27个版本,星星也跟着添加联邦的成员增多,而越来越多。现在的版本是1960年7月4日所确立的,夏威夷在那一天成为美国的第50州。

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." The American flag, in the form now familiar to us, was first flown over the Capitol on April 12, 1818. There have been twenty-seven versions of the flag over the years; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.
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CREDIT: "Living Flag, Soldiers' Monument Dedication, May 30, 1911." Copyright 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Blon, Franz von. "True to the flag march / F. von Blon; [performed by] United States Marine Band." Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1922. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.