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Eisenhower Unveils New Flag Design


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POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI)—A new 50-star U.S. flag was unveiled today by President Eisenhower.

It carries five rows of six stars alternating with four rows of five stars on the field of blue.

The White House said the new design met with the President's personal approval.

Design of the new flag was disclosed as President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.

The new flag will not become the official flag of the United States until next July 4.

The present 49-star flag was first flown last July 4.

Other than the change in the arrangement of the stars, no alteration was made in the flag.

The White House said that display of the new flag before next July 4 would be improper.

It added, however, that it would not be improper to display either the 48 or 49-star flag after that date.

The President's executive order proclaiming the design of the flag said Government agencies and citizens with 48-star and 49-star flags in good condition may continue to display them until existing stocks of unused flags are exhausted.