National Geographic : 1959 Jul
NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERB. ANTHONY STEWART America's 50th State Retains the Union Jack on Its Island Flag During the War of 1812, Hawaii's King Kamehameha found himself buffeted between opposing forces. Yankee privateers demanded that he display the United States flag; British men-of-war threatened him for not flying the Union Jack. His advisers sug gested combining the two flags, and the ensign seen here has been in use ever since. day's quota, he again hoists the official banner. This curious performance satisfies a con tinuing demand for flags that have flown over the Capitol. For constituents, Congressmen buy and fly new ones, thus providing a parade of flags over the seat of Government such as no other building in the country commands. The desire for such emblems is a reminder of the intangible sense of history that is warp and woof of the Stars and Stripes. Interwoven in the shared national memory is the strength of America's great, the labors and dreams of her pioneers, the sacrifices of her war dead. But the flag, like the Nation, belongs also to the living and to a future only dimly seen. When, and if, an American spaceship floats down upon the pock-marked surface of the moon, the first order of the day doubtless will be to raise a red-white-and-blue rectangle against the airless lunar sky.