On June 14, 1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag of the United States. We commemorate Flag Day this year by highlighting memorable moments in the flag's history.
American Military Service members and Veterans hold a 100 foot wide U.S. Flag for Memorial Day ceremonies at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York City on May 28, 2012. UPI/John Angelillo
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A protester waves a flag in the rotunda at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin on February 24, 2011. Protests over budget legislation continued for the 11th day as a bill slashing benefits and revoking collective bargaining rights from state workers nears passage. UPI/Brian Kersey
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A women veteran holds an American flag while riding on a truck in a parade in St. Louis on January 28, 2012. Thousands of people lined a parade route in downtown St. Louis for the nationÕs first parade to honor those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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An American flag and foundations from homes are all that remains in a neighborhood in Joplin, Missouri on August 15, 2011. A tornado on May 22, 2011 claimed 160 lives. UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, on May 28, 2012. UPI/Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool
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Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivers what he called a "prebuttal to President Obama's convention speech" as he speaks at a campaign stop in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 18, 2012. UPI/Nell Redmond .
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An Occupy Wall Street Protestor holds up a flag where the stars have been replaced with Corporate Brand Logos as the protestors rally around Foley Square in Lower Manhattan's financial district In New York City on October 5, 2011. UPI/John Angelillo
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