The American flag, also known as the Stars and Stripes and the Star-Spangled Banner, has gone through many iterations, as a star is added every time a state is added to the country.
The 50th star was added in 1960 after Hawaii was added to the union. Until 1818, a new stripe was also added whenever a state joined.
There are numerous rules and rituals involving the nation’s flag. Much of these are outlined in the U.S. Flag Code, which is technically federal law but is not enforced. For example, the flag needs to be illuminated when flown at night, and the flag should always be on the right if displayed with other flags.
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