Flag of District of Columbia

State: District of Columbia

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District of Columbia Flag Description:
The flag of the District of Columbia consists of a white base with two equal sized horizontal red stripes. Above the stripes are three, red, five-pointed stars.

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District of Columbia Flag Meaning:
The flag is based on the family coat of arms of George Washington.

District of Columbia Flag History:
The flag was adopted on Oct. 15, 1938.

Interesting District of Columbia Facts:
The District of Columbia is the federal district of the United States, coexisting with the national capital, the city of Washington. Washington was originally called Federal City, but was renamed by Congress in honor of the nation's first president. Congressional acts of 1790 and 1791 set up the district on land ceded by Maryland and Virginia. The position was chosen by George Washington and named after Christopher Columbus.

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