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1893 44-STAR FLAG
When the first official Pledge of Allegiance ceremony was held at the Twin Lights on April 25, 1893, the American flag had 44 stars—like the one hanging here. This flag actually hung in a public building in upstate New York. Look closely and you will notice that it is actually a 43-star flag. The 44th star was added at the time in the lower right corner by hand as a cost-saving measure.
WHY IS IT HANGING BACKWARDS?
This flag was originally designed to be displayed with the stripes pointing downward and the stars at upper left. We have rotated it 90 degrees clockwise to show the side the public would have seen 121 years ago.