Star Spangled Banner 3x5 Nylon Made in the USA
3x5 American Flag with 15 Stars and 15 Stripes - Fully Sewn
Made in the USA of 200 denier nylon, which is a durable material that is still light enough to fly easily in a slight breeze. This flag features 15 beautifully embroidered stars arranged in a linear pattern inside the blue field. This is also the only American flag to have had anything other than 13 stripes. Celebrate our early American heritage with this beautifully sewn and embroidered flag.
- 200 denier nylon fabric
- Sewn stripes with embroidered stars
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Flag size: 3' x 5'
History and Meaning Behind the Fifteen Star-Spangled Banner
The 15 stars and stripes flag became the official flag of the United States on May 1st, 1795 as a result of Vermont and Kentucky being admitted to the union as the 14th and 15th states respectively. It is the only American flag to have had more than 13 stripes. It served as the national flag for 23 years until April 13th, 1818 when 5 stars were added, recognizing the addition of Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi. At that time, Congress recognized that it would not be practical to continue adding stripes, so the stripe pattern on the 20-star flag was returned to 13 thus representing the original 13 states. The stripe pattern on the American flag would remain the same from that point forward. The 15 star-spangled banner is best known for being the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write the poem that later became the American national anthem. A huge 30' x 42' version of the flag waved proudly over Fort McHenry throughout the 3-day British bombardment on September 12th - 14th 1814 during the war of 1812. Although the fort, as well as the flag, were badly damaged from the battle, US forces were able to prevent the British from taking the fort, thus protecting the city of Baltimore from invasion. Francis Scott Key was being held on one of the British warships during the attack and was able to observe the entire event which inspired him to write the now-famous poem "Defense of Fort M'Henry" which was published within a week after completion. The poem was later put to music and became known as "The Spangled Banner". Over time, the song became the "unofficial" national anthem until March 3rd, 1931 when congress passed a resolution which was signed by President Herbert Hoover making the Star-Spangled Banner the official national anthem of the United States.
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