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Historic flags on display here

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 8, 2003

The “broad stripes and bright stars” that are now saluted at sporting events, graduation ceremonies and school during morning announcements have a long history, which is featured in a 10-flag exhibit at the National Guard Association of Kentucky.

Replicas of historic flags dating from 1776 through 1814 have been on display in the association’s lobby for two months and will remain there until Sept. 1. They are part of the association’s attempt to have a new display quarterly.

“The lobby is set up and designed to carry displays to inform the public of the Guard and even the early militia,” said Bob Linkous, acting executive director of the National Guard Association. “(The flags) are here on part of the National Guard Historical Association.”

Managed by the Recruiting and Retention Command, there are two identical sets of replica flags. They include the first flag to be recognized by another country in 1776 and the well-known “Don’t Tread on Me” flag featuring a rattlesnake.

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