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Historian John Sipos is shown with a picture board he created for the Flag Day speech. Photo submitted

SINCLAIRVILLE – The history of Flag Day was presented to members of the Senior Citizens of Sinclairville by Stockton Town and Cassadaga Village Historian John Sipos.

Sipos began his speech with the Revolutionary War from April 1775, and General George Washington along with two others, General Ross and Robert Morris, met Betsy Ross, who was a seamstress. They wanted a flag for our nation, and so Mrs. Ross sewed the flag to thirteen red and white stripes with a blue constellation of white stars in a circle, so that all the colonies were equal. General Washington said the stars would be too hard to make, but Mrs. Ross took a piece of paper, folded it up and with a few snips showed him how easy it was to make a star.

The 13-star flag was used until 1895, when Vermont and Kentucky were added. Then the American flag had 15 stars and the number of stripes increased to 15. This flag was used until 1818. After other states were added, it was decided to return to 13 red and white stripes in order to keep the flag in proportion. .

It was on this day, June 14, 1777, that Congress passed a resolution that the American flag would consist of 13 alternating red and white stripes, and that the white union of 13 stars on a blue field would represent a new Constellation. It became the anniversary of our American flag. There have been 27 American flags, each time a new flag was created when a state was added to the union.

Today’s 50 star American flag was designed by Bob Heft and has been the longest used flag for 62 years. A very informative speech was appreciated by all.

LouAnn Smith is the senior group president with Charles Sylvester as treasurer. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the dining hall of the Sinclairville Fire Hall for lunch and a program. Arrangements for the use of the fire station were made by Pete Skillman. New members and visitors are always welcome.

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