Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July

This Fourth of July image can only be from July 4, 1908 to July 4, 1911 because the flags have 46 stars. Our flag received its 46th star November 16, 1907 when Oklahoma gained statehood. The 46-star American flag flew from that date until January 6, 1912, when the New Mexico Territory became the state of New Mexico. Arizona was added on Valentine's Day of the same year, giving the United States a 48-star flag. Alaska and Hawaii were the final states joining the Union in 1959. The lyrics on the image are from America and were written by Samuel Frances Smith in 1831 when he was a student at Andover Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. The melody was from the British anthem, "God Save the Queen." The Star Spangled Banner wasn't adopted as our official national anthem until 1931.

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