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"New Flag" Executive Order (February's Legacy)

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WHEREAS The founders of this country who had chosen for it's national flag a design that would change with the entry of every new state could not have predicted the stagering amount it eventualy gained; and

WhEREAS the 18th congress found it agreable to change the original pattern when it was found that the adoption of further stripes made the flag ungainly; and

WhEREAS a permanent and clear pattern would be desirable to consistently represent the nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Part I — Design of the Flag

Section 1. The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall contain 13 stars forming a circle in the middle of which shall be placed the symbol known as the American Cross on a blue field

Section 2. The positions of the stars and cross in the union of the flag and in the union jack shall be as indicated on the attachment to this order, which is hereby made a part of this order.

Section 3. The dimensions of the constituent parts of the flag shall conform to the proportions set forth in the attachment referred to in section 2 of this order.

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