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Today is Flag Day, but how did that come about? In 1775, when the American Revolution broke out, the colonists were not fighting under a unified flag. Most of the regiments were fighting the British under their own flags. During a meeting of the Second Continental Congress in June of 1775 the Continental Army was formed, which also led to the first American flag. It was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the corner. For some, this was a little too close to the British flag. George Washington realized that having a flag that even remotely resemble the British flag was not a great confidence builder. According to History dot com, On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson, through a decree to mark the anniversary, made June 14th officially Flag Day.