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South Carolina celebrating inaugural Flag Day

Jan 28, 2011 4:07:00 AM - thestate.com
South Carolina is celebrating its state flag for the first time with a special day.

Friday is the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the well-known blue flag with the palmetto and crescent. A ceremony at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island marks the occasion.

The flag was adopted after South Carolina seceded from the Union but before the Confederacy was formed the following month.

State lawmakers selected the flag used at Fort Moultrie in the June 1776 battle in which American troops turned back a British fleet attacking Charleston. They added the white palmetto tree to the Moultrie flag that consisted of a blue field with a crescent pointing upward.

The crescent wasn't turned at an angle until 1910. Last year, state lawmakers declared Jan. 28th as Flag Day.

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