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[...] Louis learned of a French Army code called "night writing," which used raised dots on paper to represent whole words.
FAST FACTS: THE AMERICAN FLAG history ) ) • As part of a school project, 17-year-old Bob Heft designed the current U.S. ﬂag in 1958. He got a B-minus, but President Dwight Eisenhower ( liked it. He chose Heft’s design as our ofﬁcial ﬂag. • The 50-star design is the longest ﬂying in U.S. history. ( • Legend says George Washington asked Betsy Ross to sew the ﬁrst American ﬂag. Most historians believe that Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed it. • The famous 1851 painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River has a glaring mistake — the ﬂag shown hadn’t been created at the time of the crossing! The Revolutionary War was fought using regimental ﬂags. • The United States Flag Code states: “The ﬂag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel ﬂag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.” —Rose
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