Flag of Easton, Pennsylvania

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City of Easton
Flag of Easton, Pennsylvania.svg
AdoptedJuly 8, 1776 (according to legend)
DesignA blue field with 13 alternating red and white stripes in the canton and 12 white 8-pointed stars circling another white 8-pointed star to the right of the design in the canton

The Easton flag is a banner used to represent Easton, Pennsylvania.

Flag[edit]

The flag is designed differently from more common flags of the United States in that it has 13 (8-pointed) stars in a blue field, with 13 stripes in the canton.[1]

History[edit]

According to local legend,[2] the flag was hoisted when the Declaration of Independence was publicly read in Easton, 8 July 1776.[3]

The flag was used as a company flag under Captain Abraham Horn in the War of 1812, and some suspect that the design may only date from this era.[4][nb 1] The flag was returned in 1821 to the Easton library for safe-keeping when the company returned. The Easton Area Public Library still holds the flag.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It is worth noting that US flags of this era had 15 stars and 15 stripes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mastai, pg 39
  2. ^ Landauer, Bill (June 13, 2015). "Did Betsy Ross rip off Easton?". themorningcall.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Marx Room Easton Flag". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ It was presented to the infantry by Rosanna Beidleman Wagener (1775-1848).
  5. ^ Jones, Kyle M. (28 June 2013). "A Short History of Easton's Flag (Retyped)". Easton, PA Patch. Retrieved 16 January 2018.

Sources[edit]

  • Mastai, Boleslaw and Marie-Louise D'Otrange The Stars and the Stripes. The American Flag as Art and as History from the Birth of the Republic to the Present ©1973. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. ISBN 0-394-47217-9

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