WASHINGTON, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, JUNE 14: STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS
Profile America — Friday, June 14th. This is Flag Day — marking the date in 1777 when John Adams proposed the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. By the War of 1812, the national flag had accumulated 15 stars and 15 red and white stripes. It was the sight of that flag still flying — o'er the ramparts of Fort McHenry in Baltimore — after an overnight bombardment that inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem, which became the words of the national anthem. That flag is back on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Making flags, banners, and pennants, among other miscellaneous textile products, is a nearly $5 billion annual business in the U.S. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: www.smithsonianmag.com, History and Archaeology
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 314999
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau