Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Bicentennial Flag Memorial
In 1603, St. George’s Cross was joined with St. Andrew’s Cross, the Scottish Flag, to form the famous Union Flag or “Union Jack” of Great Britain. It was this flag which flew over the first British colonies in North America at Jamestown (1607) and Plymouth (1620) until the Revolution. Although the flags of Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and France were prominent symbols of early settlements during pre-Revolutionary America, it was the Union Jack and other flags of British Association that were most frequently encountered. Gradually, the other national flags were hauled down and the Union Jack raised and by 1644 the only other European flag which remained was the French.
After years of antagonism and three inconclusive wars, the French Flag was finally expelled in the decisive French and Indian War. It was during this period of conflict (1689-1763) that the colonists fought alongside the British regulars under the Union Jack. A deep respect for the Union Jack developed. It represented a proud symbol of the mother land and the aid that she provided the colonists in their conflicts with the French and their Indian allies.
Erected by City of Wichita and Sons of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Sons of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1603.
Location. 37° 41.388′ N, 97° 20.659′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbus Standard (here, next to this marker); Commander In Chief's Personal Flag (here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Flag Memorial (here, next to this marker); Grand Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (here, next to this marker); French Tricolor (here, next to this marker); Flag of Fifteen Stripes (here, next to this marker); Stars and Stripes (1818) (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
Also see . . .
1. British Flag - Union Jack. (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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.