Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag)
Bicentennial Flag Memorial
With the signing of the Declaration of Indepenence, the Grand Union was automatically promoted to the status of a national banner and at the same time rendered obsolete. The British ties were snapped and the crosses of St. Andrew and St. George in the canton of the Grand Union became an anachronism, as well as an infuriating reminder of the oppressive British government. After much discussion and delay, a more appropriate flag, the Stars and Stripes, was adopted on June 14, 1777.
This first Flag Act only provided "that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation..." The actual composition of the design features or the designer was not specified. In American folklore Betsy Ross is most often mentioned as the designer of the first Stars and Stripes for George Washington. But a more historically accurate view is that numerous versions of the Stars and Stripes were flown during the Revolutionary War; that no such official thirteen-star flags were delivered to General Washington until 1783; and that the Bennington Flag was the first of the stars and stripes.
Erected by City of Wichita and Sons of the American Revolution.
Marker series. Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 37° 41.389′ N, 97° 20.656′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Click for map. Memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. French Tricolor (here, next to this marker); Grand Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Commander In Chief's Personal Flag (here, next to this marker); Flag of Fifteen Stripes (here, next to this marker); Stars and Stripes (1818) (here, next to this marker); Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Columbus Standard (here, next to this marker); Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
Also see . . .
1. Bennington Flag History. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 5 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.