The U.S. Flag Part 9: A Hero Emerges

The month of September is here, and we’ve been prepping for a huge month of content. This month, we want to take a deep-dive into the history of the American flag. We’ve focused on the flag before in our Flags of the World series. Today and for the rest of the month, we’re going even deeper. We’ll take a look at all the flag variations as individual flags. This is more of a history lesson than a flag talk. We hope to see you soon for the next installments of this 10-part mega series.

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With all the different canton designs floating around, someone had to step in and lay down the law. An often unheralded historical figure rises to the occasion and adds a quiet addition to his resume.

In 1912, President William Taft had enough. He established the pattern of stars that we know today. In his edict, he required 3 specifications:

  • All stars had to be 5 pointed.
  • The stars had to be in horizontal rows.
  • The top point of the star had to be pointing upwards.

Taft is sometimes skirted over in the history books, but this is no small feat. He standardized what is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world, and likely in history.

Since his edict, the flag has only gained one single, upward pointed, 5 pointed star for each state.

But where is the flag going in the future? Don’t miss the final entry in this series in part 10.

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