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The Great Seal of the United States is a round piece of metal cast on both sides.

It was first commissioned by Congress after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Secretary of State keeps it for use on official documents (but only if the President order it.) The front of the seal is the Bald Eagle, wings spread, with a shield of the US on his chest.

And in 1863, when West Virginia became a state during the Civil War, they even added it's star.

Well, we all know how the war ended, and eventually both the North and the South were flying the same flag with the same number of stars and stripes.

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Well it took an act of Congress on 6-14-1777 to pass an official Flag Resolution stating the design of the flag with the red and white strips and the 13 stars in a blue.

Now they had problems with just how many points on a star. And some of the stars were in rows, some in circles and some were haphazard.

Several men approached her for a flag design, but that doesn't mean she sewed it.

On the other hand, many other nations were using eagles also.

But Benjamin Franklin pointed out, "the eagle is a bird of bad moral character" because he was a scavenger that stole food from other birds.

On June 14, 1923 men from 68 patriotic groups met in Washington, DC to draw up a set of rules on how to handle the flag.

In 1942, Congress put them all into the official Flag Code.

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