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Celebrate Flag Day Today

June 14, 2013

Flag Day is a holiday that commemorates the day (June 14) in 1777 on which the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag as the national symbol for the United States of America.

You can drop off old or damaged flags in special Retire Old Glory collection bins through July 10 and you can enter to win a new flag that's been flown over the U.S. Capitol. Entry forms will be available at each bin.

They are in the lobbies of the Erie Maritime Museum, 150 E. Front St.; Millcreek Township Municipal Building, 3608 W. 26th St.; Fairview Township Municipal Building, 7471 McCray Road; and the Erie Times-News, 205 W. 12th St. The winner will be drawn July 12.

Fun flag facts

There have been 27 different flags in American history. The first was modeled after Britain's Union Jack in 1775. The 50-star flag has flown since 1960, the longest-tenured flag in American history.

The law at a glance

The U.S. Flag Code governs all things Old Glory. Do's and don'ts:

- Don't wear the flag as an article of clothing.

- Don't let the flag touch anything beneath it.

- Don't fly the flag in inclement weather.

Source: Copyright Erie Times-News (PA) 2013. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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