Monday, August 22, 2011

Hawaii Becomes 50th State

Congress did not see the importance of the Annexation of Hawaii until 1898 when the island was seen as strategic to the defense of the Main Land during the Spanish-American War.  Again the location proved it's value during World War II.

On August 21, 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state.  The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows, five six-star rows and four five-star rows.  The new flag became official July 4, 1960.

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