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Rutland relates the history of U.S. flag to Blue Bonnet

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The Stockdale Blue Bonnet Club met June 9 in the home of Ginger Jackson. Refreshments were served by the hostess as members arrived for the regular business meeting.

The meeting was called to order by President Bernice Person. The minutes of the May meeting were read and the treasurer’s report was given by Secretary Pro Tem Billie Wolff. She also conducted the roll call.

Committee reports were given: Billie Jo Wolff, the Nursing Home Bingo Committee chairman, will provide prizes for the July bingo games. The Card Committee sent 11 cards in May. Jubilee Float chairman Susan Cotter reported the Jubilee float plans are completed. The summer outing will be Monday, July 14, and Mildred Kallies will be the Nursing Home Visitor for July.

Vanessa Bosanko resigned her membership from the Blue Bonnet Club effective June 9.

Program leader Pat Rutland presented an interesting program, “The History of Our United States of America Flags.” On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the following resolution: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” The Continental Congress chose red, white, and blue as our national colors, although no record has even been found to show why.

In 1794, Vermont and Kentucky were admitted so all flags were ordered to carry 15 stars and 15 stripes. This was the flag carried in the War of 1812. In 1817, five more states were admitted, which meant a new flag. The redesigned flag used the original 13 stripes and added a star for each new state. It was passed as the New Flag Act. From 1867 until 1908, the United States had six more national flags. In 1912, Arizona and New Mexico were admitted and the 25th flag was adopted and it lasted until 1959. The total of 47 years represents the longest duration of any one flag of the United States until our current flag was adopted.

In 1959, Alaska was admitted as the 49th state. The 49-star flag was adopted and raised at 12:01 a.m. on July 4, 1959, over Fort McHenry to signal the official admittance of Alaska. This flag lasted until July 4, 1960, when Hawaii was admitted as a state. To date, the United States had had 27 national flags.

In attendance for the meeting were Edith Akin, Judy Childress, Susan Cotter, Helen Deason, Ginger Jackson, Sandy Lynn, Sue McLelland, Bernice Person, Pat Rutland, Billie Jo Wolff, and Teri Wolff.

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