The first American 49-star flag to include the new state of Alaska in the US.?
The first American 49-star flag to include the new state of Alaska in the US. is hoisted at one minute past midnight July 4 - Independence Day - outside the White House, Washington. A guard of honour, and a military band render the honours and fireworks explode as the flag formally becomes the new national emblem.
The flag, struck from the masthead soon afterwards, was sent by air to Seattle. There it was photographed and a picture transmitted by wire to Alaska so that all citizens of the new state could see the new national emblem. The flag itself will be sent this weak to the Arctic region and given to Alaska Governor William A. Egan.
The new flag, bearing 49 stars on a field of blue, is the first in 47 years since Arizona and New Mexico were admitted to the Union in 1912. The Flag Act of 1818 established the permanent design of 13 stripes - for the original 13 states - and provided for the addition of a star for???each new state on the Fourth of July following the state's accession. The law made no provision, however, for the arrangements of the stars. For Alaska's entry, a new star pattern had to be designed. There are seven rows of seven stars, each alternate row indented on the field.
On Independence Day 1960, a 50th star for Hawaii, which has now voted for statehood, will be included in the flag.