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The meaning behind every New York City borough flag

By Devin Gannon, Wed, June 14, 2017

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The United States celebrates Flag Day as a way to remember the adoption of the country’s first official flag on June 14, 1777. Later in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag Day. While all of us honor the American flag today, each borough in New York City has its own flag that can also be celebrated (h/t NY Times). The city of New York also has its own flag, which features the colors of blue, white and orange and has the city’s seal on the front. The colors are derived from the flag of the Dutch Republic as used in New Amsterdam in 1625.

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