that Congress standardized the flag of the United States
with 13 stripes in alternating red and white
in 1818, Congress voted to keep
the number of stripes at 13 representing
the original 13 colonies,
...but to add a new star for each new state.
on the Fourth of July
following the state's admission....
Our current flag of 13 stripes and 50 stars
has been in use since July 4th, 1960~
following Hawaii's 1959 statehood.
The sign of Hope and Triumph High.."
The American ensign now sparkels a star,
~ Massachusetts Spy, May 10th, 1774
to all the Winds our Country's Banner!
Be every bar, and every star
Displayed in full and glorious manner!"
by never letting it touch the ground,
don't fly it at night unless illuminated,
Blessings from the Farm,