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UPDATE

WOW! Are you all some patriotic people or what? Our partners for our Freedom Fest Series Flag Giveaway have been cleaned out of Old Glory. Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Pioneer Comfort Systems are all out of American flags. Both businesses had even bought more flags for the giveaway and those are gone as well. At least 400 flags were given away. A big thanks to both of these businesses. Be sure and fly your flag for Flag Day on June 14 and visit ktbs.com/freedomfest to learn more about our big celebration for July 4th. #KTBSSalutes

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

SHREVEPORT, La. - Do your part to help keep Old Glory flying high this Flag Day, June 14.

Barksdale Federal Credit Union is holding a flag giveaway June 1-14 while supplies last. BFCU will be giving away large flag kits at these two locations:

  • 1560 E. 70th Street in Shreveport
  • 700 Northgate Road in Bossier City

Meanwhile, Pioneer Comfort Systems is giving away large porch flags while supplies last through Flag Day at the following location:

  • 1030 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport 
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It's all about faith, hope and freedom as we celebrate God and country leading up to Independence Day and our Freedom Fest. Click here for a look at all of our Freedom Fest Series events.

KTBS, KPXJ, BFCU and Pioneer Comfort Systems encourage everyone to fly the American flag on Flag Day.

Click here for tips on how to properly fold a flag.  Click here for a link to proper flag etiquette.

Evolution of the United States Flag

No one knows with absolute certainty who designed the first stars and stripes or who made it. Congressman Francis Hopkinson seems most likely to have designed it, and few historians believe that Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, made the first one.

Until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, neither the order of the stars nor the proportions of the flag was prescribed. Consequently, flags dating before this period sometimes show unusual arrangements of the stars and odd proportions, these features being left to the discretion of the flag maker. In general, however, straight rows of stars and proportions similar to those later adopted officially were used. The principal acts affecting the flag of the United States are the following:

  • On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the First Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
  • Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
  • Act of April 4, 1818 - provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.
  • Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 - established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
  • Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.
  • Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizon tally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.
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